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Monday, November 12, 2012

Past Progressive Tense

Tense : Past Progressive Tense 过去进行式

Formula : verb to be (was / were) + present participle (2nd column of the verb list)
                  I / He / She / It was          
                 You / We / They were
                 Ex: was/ were holding
                       was/ were reading

Usage : a) -An action which is happening at an exact time in the past
         在过去的某一时刻正在发生的事、正在持续进行的一个动作


       b)-An action which is happening habitually in the past
                   过去重复性发生的动作

Examples :
a) -I was eating pizza at that time. 那个时候我正在吃着批萨。
b) -The family was having their dinner at a restaurant along the highway.
c) -They were playing pianos when the phone rang.
d) -The guy was always boasting about his painting.


Keywords : -at that time
                   -at that moment
                   *always在此属特殊关键用词



Exercise :

Was or Were?

  1. We ________ dancing.
  2. The dog ________ barking.
  3. The printer ________ printing out a photograph.
  4. The pupils ________ writing a test.
  5. Sue and Gareth ________ walking up the hill.

Write sentences in past progressive.

  1. he / the car / wash →________________________________
  2. she / home / go →_______________________________
  3. they / not / the match / watch →_________________________________
  4. you / in the shop / work →__________________________________
  5. I / not / a magazine / read →______________________________

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