Notes On Past Continuous Tense - Usage - CBSE Class 7 English Grammar
THE USES OF PAST CONTINUOUS TENSE: 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 shiningand 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 and he was reading.

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THE USES OF PAST CONTINUOUS TENSE: 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 shiningand 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 and he was reading.
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