Name one action you did yesterday in the past simple and one that you were doing in the past continuous?
Past Simple vs. Past Continuous
Past Simple is used to describe completed actions in the past. Past Continuous is used to describe actions that were in progress in the past. Both tenses are used to describe past actions, but they are used in different contexts.
Past Simple versus Past Continuous
Past Simple: Used to talk about an action or event in the past that is finished. It is usually used with a specific time in the past.
Past Continuous: Used to talk about an action or event in the past that was in progress at a specific time in the past.
The difference between the two tenses is that the past simple talks about a finished action, while the past continuous talks about an ongoing action.
Work together in pairs: What is the difference between using the Past Simple verb tense and the Past Continuous verb tense?
Describe a situation where you would use the past simple tense and the past continuous tense to talk about different actions happening at the same time.
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Which of the following sentences uses the past simple tense?
- I was walking to school yesterday.
- I walked to school yesterday.
- I am walking to school.
Which tense is used to describe an ongoing action in the past?
- Past Continuous
- Past Simple
- Present Perfect
What is the correct form of the verb 'to be' in past simple for 'he/she/it'?
Which sentence is in Past Continuous tense?
- She was studying when her phone rang.
- She studied all night for the exam.
- She has studied English for five years.
When do we use Past Simple instead of Past Continuous?
- To talk about actions that were happening at a specific time in the past.
- To talk about completed actions in the past.