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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: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:

Mike was sleeping while we were working.

Mike was sleeping while we were working. Check out our post on sleeping at work. It is funny!

was watching TV while he was reading.

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Phrasal Verbs: Look

‘to look after’ means to take care of someone or something.

  • When I have to travel on business, my parents usually look after my children.
  • I look after the office when my colleagues are away on business.

‘to look ahead’ means to think about and plan the future.

  • We have to look ahead and try to estimate our needs for the next few years.
  • In this business, it’s very difficult to look ahead and predict what will happen.

‘to look at’ means to read something quickly and not very thoroughly.

  • Could you look at my report and tell me if you think it’s OK?
  • I looked at your figures and they seem fine to me.

‘to look at’ can also mean to investigate or think carefully about a problem or situation.

  • Costs are getting out of control. We need to look at them closely.
  • John looked at renting cars but it would be too expensive.

‘to look back’ means to think about something that happened in the past.

  • I realise I was very naive when I look back.
  • If we look back over the last three years, we can see many times when we were very successful.

‘to look down on’ means to think something or someone is inferior.

  • The people who work in Headquarters always look down on the people in the branches.
  • Don’t look down on him just because he left school at 16. He has been very successful.

‘to look for’ means to try to find something lost or that you need.

  • My assistant is leaving at the end of the month. I’m looking for a new one.
  • He has been looking for a job for ages now.

‘to look forward to’ means to feel excited and happy about something that is going to happen.

  • I’m seeing him on Tuesday. I’m really looking forward to it.
  • We’re looking forward to our English classes. 

‘to look in’ means to visit someone for a short time.

  • I’ll look in on my way home and we can have a cup of tea.
  • Look in on Jenny and check that she is still working.

‘to look into’ means to examine a problem or situation.

  • My boss asked me to look into English classes at BBE.
  • We have set up a working group to look into the problem.

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Thanks to Carolinebrownenglishlessons.org for the info