Notes On Past Progressive Tense - CBSE Class 9 English Grammar

The PAST PROGRESSIVE TENSE indicates continuing action, something that was happening, going on, at some point in the past. This tense is formed with the helping "to be" verb, in the past tense, plus the present participle of the verb (with an -ing ending):


Example:

I was searching for my book all day yesterday.

I was writing a letter when my friends came to my home.


1. The past progressive indicates a limited duration of time and is thus a convenient way to indicate that something took place (in the simple past) while something else was happening:

Example;

Sushil lost his watch while he was playing.

The accident took place when he was crossing the road.


2. The past progressive is also used to poke fun at or criticize an action that is sporadic but habitual in nature:

Example:

He was always quarreling with his brother.

My father was always lecturing my brother.






Summary

The PAST PROGRESSIVE TENSE indicates continuing action, something that was happening, going on, at some point in the past. This tense is formed with the helping "to be" verb, in the past tense, plus the present participle of the verb (with an -ing ending):


Example:

I was searching for my book all day yesterday.

I was writing a letter when my friends came to my home.


1. The past progressive indicates a limited duration of time and is thus a convenient way to indicate that something took place (in the simple past) while something else was happening:

Example;

Sushil lost his watch while he was playing.

The accident took place when he was crossing the road.


2. The past progressive is also used to poke fun at or criticize an action that is sporadic but habitual in nature:

Example:

He was always quarreling with his brother.

My father was always lecturing my brother.






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