Past Continuous, Examples of Use
The past continuous tense in English is used quite often, especially when telling stories!
Here are some examples
|1||A continuous action in the past which is interrupted by another action or a time:I was taking a bath when the telephone rang.
At three o’clock, I was working.
|2||Background information, to give atmosphere to a story:It was a beautiful day. The birds were singing, the sun was shining and in the cafes people were laughing and chatting.|
|3||An annoying and repeated action in the past, usually with ‘always’:He was always leaving the tap running.
(In the same way as the present continuous)
|4||For two actions which happened at the same time in the past:
I was watching TV while he was reading.