The past continuous was/were + verb + ing



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THE PAST CONTINUOUS
was/were + verb + ing
The past continuous is used to talk about actions in progress at a certain time in the past.

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-----------PAST---------------NOW-----------FUTURE--------




Examples in Dutch:

  • IK WAS AAN HET ZWEMMEN.

  • WAREN JULLIE AAN HET WERKEN ?

  • ZE STONDEN TE ROKEN

  • MARY EN JOHN LAGEN TE LEZEN.

  • MIJN VROUW WAS NIET AAN HET ROKEN.

  • LAGEN ZIJN KINDEREN TE LUIEREN ?

  • ZATEN ZE TE ZINGEN ?


AND IN ENGLISH:




  • I WAS SWIMMING .

  • WERE YOU WORKING ?

  • THEY WERE SMOKING.

  • MARY AND JOHN WERE READING.

  • MY WIFE WAS SMOKING.

  • WERE HIS CHILDREN DOING NOTHING ?

  • WERE THEY SINGING ?





Exercises on Past Continuous:

Bovenkant formulier



A. Write positive sentences in past continuous.

  1. you / play / cards . You were playing cards.

  2. Alice / walk / around the lake

  3. Caron / listen / to the radio

  4. we / read / a book about Australia

  5. Linda / look for / her ring

  6. Fiona and Sam / visit / the castle

  7. Ben / wash / the car

  8. Kim and I / wait / in the park

  9. My sister / feed / the birds

  10. Greg and Phil / count / their money

Onderkant formulier


B. Write negative sentences in past contnuous.


  1. Sarah and Luke / not / work. Sarah and Luke were not working.

  2. Mister Miller / not / teach / chemistry

  3. Barry / not / drive / a lorry

  4. Mandy / not / have / lunch

  5. Albert / not / play / tennis

  6. Taylor and Bob / not / cycle / home

  7. Annie / not / clean / the table

  8. Benjamin / not / write / an e-mail

  9. Jane / not / exercise / in the gym

  10. Robert / not / buy / flowers

C. Write questions.

  1. Rachel / feed / the cat. Was Rachel feeding the cat ?

  2. the children / paint / a picture

  3. Clark / repair / his computer

  4. Hazel / swim / in the pool

  5. Lucas / have / a shower

  6. Jason and Aron / run / down the street

  7. Betty / do / her homework

  8. Cindy and James / make / dinner

  9. Rebecca / watch / Star Trek

  10. Anita and Linda / sit / in the kitchen

Bovenkant formulier



D. Mixed sentences. (positive; negative or question)

  1. When I phoned my friends, they (play) were playing monopoly.

  2. Yesterday at six I (prepare) dinner.

  3. The kids (play) in the garden when it suddenly began to rain.

  4. I (practise) the guitar when he came home.

  5. We (not / cycle) all day.

  6. While Aaron (work) in his room, his friends (swim) in the pool.

  7. I tried to tell them the truth but they (listen / not).

  8. What (you / do) yesterday?

  9. Most of the time we (sit) in the kitchen

10. I letters all day yesterday. (write)

11. You very slow about it. (be)

12. You on the phone for hours and hours. (talk)

13. They much business before lunch. (do NEGATIVE)

14. She to me all week. Silly cow.(speak NEGATIVE)

15. It for long. (rain NEGATIVE)

16. What you when I phoned yesterday? (do)

17. you TV when it happened? (watch)

18. What you at the party? (wear)

19. He horrible to everyone, the nasty pig! (be)

Op de vorige pagina heb je geleerd hoe je de ‘past continuous’ moet maken (was/were + werkwoord eindigend op –ing). Verder heb je gezien dat je dit soort zinnen op een bepaalde manier kunt vertalen ( zie pag. 1)
Op dit blad krijg je twee toepassingen uitgelegd die je ook bij het proefwerk moet kunnen toepassen.


Toepassing één.

Het kan gebeuren dat je binnen één zin te maken krijgt met twee activiteiten of bezigheden die in het verleden plaatsvonden.



* Ik was aan het zingen terwijl mijn vrouw aan het opruimen was.

* Terwijl Jack aan het werken was, waren zijn kinderen aan het spelen.

* I was singing while my wife was cleaning.

* While Jack was working, his children were playing.


In dit soort zinnen wordt vaak het woordje ‘while’ gebruikt. Je kunt het beschouwen als een soort van signaalwoord waaraan je kunt zien dat je twee keer ‘past continuous’ moet gebruiken.


Tekening toepassing één







Toepassing twee

Het kan gebeuren dat je in een zin te maken krijgt met een een activiteit, bezigheid waarmee iemand in het verleden bezig was (A) Tijdens die activiteit/bezigheid gebeurt er iets (B).

Heb je met zo’n soort zin te maken dan moet je voor A ‘past continuous’ en voor B ‘simple past tense’ gebruiken. Het kan gebeuren dat je binnen één zin te maken krijgt met twee activiteiten of bezigheden die in het verleden plaatsvonden.

* Toen ik aan het zwemmen was (A) , stal (B) Jane mijn kleren.

* We waren aan het studeren (A), toen de bel ging (B)
* When I was swimming (A) , Jane stole (B)my clothes

* We were studying (A) , when the bell rang (B).





In dit soort zinnen wordt vaak het woordje ‘when’ gebruikt. Je kunt het beschouwen als een soort signaalwoord waaraan je kunt zien dat je zowel de ‘past continuous’ als de ‘simple past tense’ gebruikt.



Tekening toepassing twee





In de volgende oefeningen moet je telkens kiezen tussen situatie 1 en 2.


Exercise.

Put the verbs into the correct tense (Simple Past or Past Progressive).

  1. While Tom (read)……………., Amely (watch) …………………a documentary on TV.

  2. Nobody (listen) ………….. while the teacher (explain) …………………..the tenses.

  3. While we (do) ……………………….a sight-seeing tour, our friends (lie)

……………………….on the beach.

4. The car (break) ………………down when we (drive) ……………………….to walk home.

  1. The boys (swim) ………………….while the girls (sunbathe) …………………….

  2. As long as (= while) one group (prepare) ……………….dinner, the others (collect) …………………………..wood for their campfire.

  3. While the parents (have) ……………….breakfast, their children (run) ……

………………..about.

  1. We (wait) …………………for Jane, when suddenly Louis (come) ……………around the corner.

  2. I (cycle) …………………….through the park, when I (hear) …………………….a strange noise.

  3. I (fall) …………………..asleep when I (watch) …………………..TV last night.

  4. When Mike and Jane (paint) …………………the walls, their dog (knock) ……………..over the paint pot.

  5. Tom (break) ……………………his leg when he (play) ……………………frisbee.

  6. The phone (ring) ……………………….while I (sit) ………………………on the table.

Bovenkant formulier

  1. I (jog) …………………in the park, when two squirrels (cross) …………………..my way.

  2. Robert (fall) …………………off the ladder when he (pick) ………………………cherries.

  3. Archimedes (discover) ………………………the theory of buoyancy while he (take) …………………a bath.

  4. When we (travel) ………………around Ireland, we (meet) ………………some very nice people.

  5. While she (speak) ……………………on the phone, the milk (boil) …………………over.

  6. When I (leave) ……………………the house this morning, the sun (shine) …………………….

  7. Caroline (burn) …………………..her hand when she (iron) ……………..her clothes

  8. »Yes, about seven o'clock, two people (argue) …………………in the hallway. But the football match (be) ……………..so interesting. So I just (turn) …………………….up the telly and then (hear / not) ………………..……….anything anymore.«




  1. When I (do) …………………the washing-up, I (break) ……………..a plate.

  2. While Tom (play) …………………the piano, his mother (do) ……………..the washing- up.

  3. I (have) ……………………..dinner when I suddenly (hear) …………………..a loud bang.

  4. When my father (work) ……………………in the garden, an old friend (pass) ………………..by to see him.

  5. When Jane (do) …………………..a language course in Ireland, she (visit) ……………..Blarney Castle.

  6. I (not / understand) …………………what they (talk) ……………………..about

  7. When I (get) ………………….up yesterday, the sun (shine) ……………………..

  8. When I (cycle) …………………past some villages, I (see) …………………some people in their gardens.

  9. One man (mow) ………………..the grass while his wife (pick) …………………….strawberries.

  10. While it (rain) ……………………outside, I (sit) ………………………in the farmer's house.

  11. When I (phone) ……………….. my friends, they (play) …………………monopoly.

  12. The kids (play) …………………in the garden when it suddenly (begin) ………………..to rain.

  13. I (practise) ……………………..the guitar when he (come)……………….. home.

  14. While Aaron (work) ………………………in his room, his friends (swim) ………………..in the pool.

  15. I (try) …………………..to tell them the truth but they (listen / not) ……………………...

Exercise.

Put the verbs into the correct tense (Simple Past or Past Progressive).

  1. While Tom was reading, Amely was watching a documentary on TV.

  2. Nobody was listening while the teacher was explaining the tenses.

  3. While we were doing a sight-seeing tour, our friends were lying

on the beach.

4. The car broke down when we were driving home.

  1. The boys were swimming while the girls were sunbathing.

  2. As long as (= while) one group was preparing dinner, the others were collecting

wood for their campfire.

  1. While the parents were having breakfast, their children were running about.

  2. We were waiting for Jane, when suddenly Louis came around the corner.

  3. I was cycling through the park, when I heard a strange noise.

  4. I fell asleep when I was watching TV last night.

  5. When Mike and Jane were painting the walls, their dog knocked over the paint pot.

  6. Tom broke his leg when he was playing frisbee.

  7. The phone was ringing while I was sitting on the table.

Bovenkant formulier

  1. I was jogging in the park, when two squirrels crossed my way.

  2. Robert fell off the ladder when he was picking cherries.

  3. Archimedes discovered the theory of buoyancy while he was taking a bath.

  4. When we were travelling around Ireland, we met some very nice people.

  5. While she was speaking on the phone, the milk was boiling over.

  6. When I left the house this morning, the sun was shining.

  7. Caroline burnt her hand when she was ironing her clothes

  8. »Yes, about seven o'clock, two people were arguing in the hallway. But the football match was so interesting. So I just turned up the telly and then didn’t hear anything anymore.«




  1. When I was doing the washing-up, I broke a plate.

  2. While Tom was playing the piano, his mother was doing the washing-up.

  3. I was having dinner when I suddenly heard a loud bang.

  4. When my father was working in the garden, an old friend passed by to see him.

  5. When Jane was doing a language course in Ireland, she visited Blarney Castle.

  6. I didn’t understand what they were talking about.

  7. When I got up yesterday, the sun was shining.

  8. When I was cycling past some villages, I saw some people in their gardens.

  9. One man was mowing the grass while his wife was picking strawberries.

  10. While it was raining outside, I was sitting in the farmer's house.

  11. When I phoned my friends, they were playing monopoly.

  12. The kids were playing in the garden when it suddenly began to rain.

  13. I was practising the guitar when he came home.

  14. While Aaron was working in his room, his friends were swimming in the pool.

  15. I tried to tell them the truth but they weren’t listening.









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