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:

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:

was watching TV and he was reading.

Summary

THE USES OF PAST CONTINUOUS TENSE:
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 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:

was watching TV and he was reading.
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