Past Simple Continuous

Practice making and using the past continuous to talk about longer actions in the past.

The Past Continuous is used to talk about longer actions that happened in the past. You can make it with the verb 'was/were' + verb-ing


What do you need to know about the Past Continuous


How to make the past continuous

What the past continuous means

How to use the past continuous

Practice making the past continuous


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How do I make the past continuous?





What does the Past Continuous mean?

The Past Continuous is a longer background action that happened in the past.


Here is what The Past Continuous looks like on a timeline.


Past Continuous Timeline



How do I use the past continuous?


Background actions in a story

keywords: while, when and with the past simple


  • I was eating lunch when I saw her.

  • While I was cooking dinner, the phone rang.



Past habits

Keywords: constantly, always


  • I was always losing my keys when I was in college.

  • He was constantly yelling at the children.


Practice making the past continuous



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