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Past Simple Vs Past Continuous

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Past Simple Vs Past Continuous

  1. 1. The Tíxer Productions presents
  2. 2. Th e Past Simple vs The Past Continuous (the story of two brothers)
  3. 3. Starring <ul><li>The Past Simple </li></ul><ul><li>I played </li></ul><ul><li>We broke </li></ul><ul><li>She didn’t jump </li></ul><ul><li>Did they run? </li></ul><ul><li>The Past Continuous </li></ul><ul><li>I was playing </li></ul><ul><li>We were breaking </li></ul><ul><li>She wasn’t jumping </li></ul><ul><li>Were they running? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Chapter 1 Use of the Past Simple
  5. 5. We use the past simple for finished actions in the past Yesterday I went to the cinema with my friends What time did you arrive home? I didn’t pass my English test last term When ? The past
  6. 6. The simple past is normally followed by time expressions <ul><li>Yesterday, in 1990, then, when… </li></ul><ul><li>Last month, last week, last summer… </li></ul><ul><li>3 days ago, some time ago, a week ago… </li></ul>
  7. 7. Chapter 2 Use of the Past Continuous
  8. 8. We use the past continuous for actions happening in the past We were watching TV with some friends I wasn’t studying English What were you doing yesterday morning? The action is in progress The past
  9. 9. The past continuous is normally used with times and time expressions <ul><li>At 10.00 this morning </li></ul><ul><li>Yesterday evening at 9.00 </li></ul>
  10. 10. Chapter 3 The two tenses together
  11. 11. Two or more verbs in the past simple One action follows the other action Yesterday morning I got up , I brushed my teeth and I had breakfast Got up brushed had 1 2 3
  12. 12. Two or more verbs in the past continuous The actions happen at the same time Last night, while my father was watching the TV, my sister was listening to the radio and I was doing my homework in my bedroom. Was doing Was listening Was watching
  13. 13. Two or more verbs in the past simple and the past continuous The action expressed by the past simple interrupts the action expressed by the past continuous While I was driving to work, I had an accident I was having a shower when the phone rang What were you doing when I called you last night?
  14. 14. The action expressed by the past continuous begins before the action expressed by the past simple While I was driving to work, I had an accident I was having a shower when the phone rang What were you doing when I called you last night? While is normally followed by the past continuous When is normally followed by the past simple 1st 2nd
  15. 15. The End

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