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Past Progressive (Past Continuous) Level: elementaryLevel 1

The past progressive puts emphasis on the course of an action in the past.

Form

 PositiveNegativeQuestion
I / he / she / it I was speaking. I was not speaking. Was I speaking?
you / we / they You were speaking. You were not speaking. Were you speaking?

Exceptions in Spelling

Exceptions in spelling when adding ingExample
final e is dropped (but: ee is not changed) come – coming
(but: agree – agreeing)
after a short, stressed vowel, the final consonant is doubled sit – sitting
l as final consonant after a vowel is doubled (in British English) travel – travelling
final ie becomes y lie – lying

Use of Past Progressive

Signal Words of Past Progressive

Exercises on Past Progressive

Tests

Comparison with other Tenses

Changed: 05th Mar 2014 15:08

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