How to Use English Past Continuous Grammar [History of Prince Rupert]

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Past continuous is an interesting grammar in English because of the its rules. Unlike the present continuous, the past continuous can have some other meanings that show that “an action was interrupted” or “something happened at that time.” I feel like the history of the town Prince Rupert is perfect for explaining the past continuous because it is kind of a town of broken dreams. Every time someone in Prince Rupert tried to make it a greater city something bad happened. The best example is the founder of the town named Charles Hays. Hays had big plans for Prince Rupert but on his way back to Canada after a fund raising trip to English he rode on a ship called the Titanic… which, as most of you know, has an unhappy ending!

Let’s talk a bit more about the past continuous and do some exercises.

The way to use English past continuous grammar is as follows:

 

noun + was/were (to be past tense) + verb in the ING (gerund) form … + noun

Example:

I was playing golf.

However, like I explained in the beginning, the past continuous is ALSO often used to show “an action was interrupted” or “something happened at that time.”

Interrupted action:

I was playing golf when I got a phone call. (The golf game was interrupted by the phone call)

Something happened at that time:

I was playing golf when I was young. (When I was around a young age I played golf.

 

This is a very useful grammar! Let’s practice with some exercises! The answers are at the bottom of the page.

Grammar Practice

Change the following sentences into past continuous:

  1. I cooked dinner yesterday.
  2. I cleaned the house. A friend came over. (interrupted action)
  3. I walked in the rain. I got hit by lightning. (something happened)
  4. I vacationed last week.
  5. I played a game. My sister asked to borrow my car. (something happened)
  6. I talked with my mother. My phone rang. (interrupted action)
  7. I studied in the library. Someone played loud music and distracted me. (interrupted action)
  8. I ran in a marathon today.
  9. I had a snack. A mouse ran out from under my chair. (something happened)
  10. I baked banana bread. I ran out of eggs. (something happened)

 

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Answers:

  1. I was cooking dinner yesterday.
  2. I was cleaning the house when a friend came over. (interrupted action)
  3. I was walking in the rain when I got hit by lightning. (something happened)
  4. I was vacationing last week.
  5. I was playing a game when my sister asked to borrow my car. (something happened)
  6. I was talking with my mother when my phone rang. (interrupted action)
  7. I was studying in the library when someone played loud music and distracted me. (interrupted action)
  8. I was running in a marathon today.
  9. I was having a snack when a mouse ran out from under my chair. (something happened)
  10. I was baking banana bread when I ran out of eggs. (something happened)