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  • 30.06.2020
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  • Englisch
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Past Progressive

The past progressive is a progression of the preterite or a progression of the past. You use it for something you did in the past at a specific time (1), simultaneous actions in the past (2), or an action in progress which is interrupted by a new action (3).

(1) He was reading a book at 7 o'clock.
(2) She was doing math while he was doing physics.
(3) We were eating dinner when the phone rang.

SIGNALWORDS

when, while, as long as...

Positive

Negative

Question

She was walking her dog in the park.

She wasn't (was not)
walking her dog in the park.

Was she walking her dog in the park?

Sentences
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I

was verb + -ing

He, She, It

was verb + -ing

You

were verb + -ing

They

were verb + -ing

We

were verb + -ing

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More informations

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Exercises

1
Fill the gaps with the right form of the verb, use past progressive. Watch out for the signal words!

1. I was watching TV while my friends were playing outside. (to be 2x, to watch, to play)
2. I was running around the sea when my phone rang. (to be, to run)
3. You were not driving the car. (to be, to drive)
4. They were not eating fish for lunch. (to be, to eat)
5. With whom was she dancing at the prom? (to be, to dance)
6. Wasn't it raining the whole day? (not to be, to rain)

2
Are you ready to make your own sentences in past progressive?
  • Write down 5 sentences in positive, negative and a question

"Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal."

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