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    Past continuous


    Past continuous tense also called past progressive tense is used for an action happening at a specific moment in the past. 

    Affirmative form: Subject + auxiliary verb (BE- past form)+ main verb (infinitive) + ing (verb-ing). The auxiliary verb (BE) must be used in past form (was, were) and the main verb is used in the present participle form. John was watching TV last night.

    Negative form: Subject + auxiliary verb (BE- past from)+ not + main verb (infinitive) + ing. Mary was not helping Ben because she was in Nice, France.

    Interrogative form: Auxiliary verb (BE- past form) + subject+ main verb (infinitive) + ing? Were they playing basketball last week?

    Exercise: complete the sentences.


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    1. The audience (applaud) the actors until they left the stage.

    2. Tina (cook) dinner when her parents arrived at home.

    3. The students (laugh) at my gesture as I spoke.

    4. My classmates (play) volleyball when Jack complained of an injured arm.

    5. Jane (have) lunch in a Spanish restaurant last weekend.

    6. My roommates (watch) a horror movie in the York Cineplex last night.

    7. Mark (sing) different kinds of songs two nights ago.

    8. The students (shop/not) in the farmers' market last week because it was too far.

    9. (you/ enjoy) the music last week?

    10. Jean (help) her sister to do her homework until midnight.

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