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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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