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GRAMMAR TIP:What Is Past Continuous?
Past continuous describes actions and states continued in the past period of time. The construction of a past continuous is similar to the present continuous tense, in that it has a past simple form of 'to be' instead of a present simple form preceding the present participle. An example of a past continuous inside a sentence is 'I was painting the house.' There's the past simple form of 'to be' in the finite position (was), with the present participle of 'to paint' (painting) following it.
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The past continuous, also called the past progressive, is the focus of this section. Right now, there are 157 Past Progressive worksheets listed with more being added regularly by busy teachers just like you. Some worksheets combine more than one tense while others focus solely on the past continuous. This worksheet for elementary students is for practicing the past simple and past continuous tenses. There are some comprehension questions, fill in the blank exercises, and even a section devoted to word order. Each page has its own image and story that students use to complete the exercises. This could be done individually or in pairs but should be check or reviewed as a class so that students have some speaking practice as well. If you do not want to spend too much class time on this, just choose one page of the worksheet. Look at the main tense section for all tense related worksheets or another tense subsection if you want to narrow your search.

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The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde

The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde

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I try to smuggle some literary texts into my classes to make my students familiar with some of the great English writers and their work. This one is a grammar worksheet which I brought my students ...
5 Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced
Past Tense Presentation

Past Tense Presentation

These slides show the differences between tenses and how they are formed and used. Past simple, past continuous, present perfect. The last slide of the presentations contains an exercise on findin ...
4 Pre-Intermediate
Simple Past/Past Continuous Conversation Grid

Simple Past/Past Continuous Conversation Grid

This is a conversation grid activity designed to encourage the correct use of simple past and past continuous verb forms in a relaxed conversational setting. Students walk around the room asking ...
3 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Past Simple vs Past Continuous for Adult Students

Past Simple vs Past Continuous for Adult Students

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This is a worksheet which is aimed to revise and practise the differences between the past simple and  past continuous tenses. Students are asked to complete 35 different sentences putti ...
6 Pre-Intermediate
Revision 4 - Project 3

Revision 4 - Project 3

Unit 4 test concentrates on testing of past continuous and past simple, matching the halves of the sentences according to their meaning with past simple and continuous, making questions according ...
5 Pre-Intermediate
Detective Game: Who's the Murderer?

Detective Game: Who's the Murderer?

The game "Who's the murderer?" introduces the crime scene and the victim. Then there are pieces of evidence and the list of suspects. Read the introduction to the ss. Place the strips with evidenc ...
13 Elementary Pre-Intermediate Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced
Creating a Fun Group Story

Creating a Fun Group Story

This has been one of my favorite activities since childhood. A group of ss work in a group to create one story. But each time a student writes something, he/she folds the paper so that the others ...
6 Elementary Pre-Intermediate
What's Your Alibi? Role Play (Past Simple vs Past Continuous)

What's Your Alibi? Role Play (Past Simple vs Past Continuous)

Any kind of “Alibi” game is perfect for practicing past tenses (esp past simple and past continuous). Make up any story that something was stolen at the party at 10 pm last night. You ...
13 Elementary Pre-Intermediate
Past Simple vs Past Continuous

Past Simple vs Past Continuous

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There are 12 slides in this PPT on past tenses. Students have to look at the pictures and decide which tense to use: past simple or past continuous. The PPT is good for revising and practising the ...
10 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Past Simple and Continuous Gap Fill and Dictation

Past Simple and Continuous Gap Fill and Dictation

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This is a worksheet that focuses on the use of past simple and continuous combined. The first exercise is a gapfill where the students have to write the verb in brackets in past simple or continou ...
3 Pre-Intermediate
Past Simple or Past Continuous

Past Simple or Past Continuous

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In this worksheet students have to complete the sentences with the correct tense (past continuous or past simple). Then they are asked to match the sentences with the pictures. This worksheet is g ...
8 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Tenses Rules - Review

Tenses Rules - Review

In this worksheet you will find a handy summary of the rules of the following tenses: present simple, present progressive (continuous), past simple, past progressive (continuous) and future. These ...
3 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced
Past Continuous Tense Revision Worksheet

Past Continuous Tense Revision Worksheet

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This is a worksheet for revising the past continuous at pre-intermediate level. There are 3 different activities in which students are asked to complete the sentences with the verbs given, as ...
5 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Past Simple, Past Continuous, Present Perfect + Vocabulary

Past Simple, Past Continuous, Present Perfect + Vocabulary

Three exercises: 1. Past simple vs. past continuous; 2. vocabulary (movies, stories, family themed ex. ghost, engaged etc.); 3. Past simple vs. present perfect. Based on my students' workboo ...
5 Pre-Intermediate
Present Simple, Present Continuous, Past Simple, Past Continuous

Present Simple, Present Continuous, Past Simple, Past Continuous

This is a worksheet I have created for students to revise present simple, present continuous, past simple and past continuous. This is accomplished with the completion of these exercises: multiple ...
11 Elementary Pre-Intermediate
Movie Worksheet: Trailer (Past Continuous versus Past Simple)

Movie Worksheet: Trailer (Past Continuous versus Past Simple)

These worksheets (A & B - version) introduce the formation and use of  past continuous. Past continuous is often used together with past simple (which can be confusing to students), so th ...
6 Elementary
Most Common Verb Tenses Chart

Most Common Verb Tenses Chart

This table provides explanations on the usage of the most common verb tenses in English. It also includes examples and the time expressions for each tense. You will find present simple, present co ...
10 Elementary Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Murder Mystery

Murder Mystery

It's a simplified version of "Cluedo" board game to practise past simple and past continuous. The teacher sets the scene of the murder case and divides the students in groups. One group takes the ...
23 Elementary Pre-Intermediate
Past Simple and Continuous - Revision

Past Simple and Continuous - Revision

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I used this worksheet as a test. It tests the knowledge of past simple, irregular verbs, past continuous, and in the last exercise the students have to decide which of the two tenses should be use ...
11 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Alibi (Game)

Alibi (Game)

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Activity type: a role play based on a very old idea in which students have to act as criminals and police people. Level: Pre-intermediate and above.This is a very good review of the past simp ...
20 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced
Fashion through Decades - Past Continuous and Past Simple

Fashion through Decades - Past Continuous and Past Simple

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Great worksheet for practicing past continuous and past simple as well as for describing clothes and commenting on fashion during the 20th century. You can use this worksheet to introduce past con ...
6 Pre-Intermediate
Song Worksheet: Sitting, Waiting, Wishing

Song Worksheet: Sitting, Waiting, Wishing

This is a song I use as a round up activity when working with the past continuous tense. You may also want to make some questions about the song, here are some that might be useful: 1. W ...
8 Elementary Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Past Simple vs Past Continuous - Boardgame

Past Simple vs Past Continuous - Boardgame

A powerpoint/boardgame about two verb tenses: past simple vs past continuous. Students are asked to play this boardgame by choosing the correct tense. They should be able to use these two tenses i ...
15 Elementary Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Tenses Revision Worksheet

Tenses Revision Worksheet

This grammar worksheet will help your students revise the tense forms such as present simple, continuous and perfect, and also past simple and continuous. There are four exercises where learners w ...
13 Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced
Practice Past Simple and Past Progressive

Practice Past Simple and Past Progressive

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In part 1 the students fill in the verbs into a story using either simple past or past progressive. In part 2 the students insert subordination adverbs into a story. For both sections, multip ...
8 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate

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