The past progressive puts emphasis on the course of an action in the past.
|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 ing||Example|
|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
- puts emphasis on the course of an action in the past
Example: He was playing football.
- two actions happening at the same time (in the past)
Example: While she was preparing dinner, he was washing the dishes.
- action going on at a certain time in the past
Example: When I was having breakfast, the phone suddenly rang.
Signal Words of Past Progressive
- when, while, as long as