Past progressive

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The past progressive, also known as the past continuous is an English aspectual tense that combines the past tense tense with the progressive aspect, using auxiliary be. For example:

  • "I was doing something"

The action must be a progressive action.

Meaning[edit | edit source]

English speakers use this to talk about a progressive action in past time that was ongoing either (1) when something else happened in the past or (2) at a specific time point in the past. For example:

  • "I was having a bath when you called"
  • "I was eating breakfast at 9 o’clock this morning."

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Pedagogy[edit | edit source]

The past progressive is usually taught after EFL learners have studied both the present continuous and past simple.