206 FREE Past Continuous Worksheets

FREE Past Continuous Worksheets

The past continuous, also called the past progressive, is the focus of this section. Right now, there are 206 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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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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Movie Worksheet: Mr. Bean at the Hospital (Mixed Past Tenses)

Movie Worksheet: Mr. Bean at the Hospital (Mixed Past Tenses)

English Through Videos
This fun video activity is to practise using mixed past tenses, including past simple, past continuous, and past perfect. The video shows Mr. Bean at the hospital. Learners must combine two senten ...
3 Views 2,132 IntAdvExam
Movie Worksheet: Describing Accidents (Past)

Movie Worksheet: Describing Accidents (Past)

English Through Videos
This fun video activity is to practise using various narrative tenses, including past simple, past continuous, and past perfect. The video has many clips of accidents, slips, and falls. Learners s ...
6 Views 4,433 ElemPre-IntIntAdvExam
Past Simple- Holiday Story

Past Simple- Holiday Story

Khatuna
It's a writing prompt to encourage students to write a story using past simple and past continuous. Students can read each other's stories after they've finished and suggest ways to make the story ...
2 Views 9,503 ElemPre-IntInt
Mixed Tenses

Mixed Tenses

MINERVA
This worksheet is aimed at secondary students who have some trouble identifying tenses. It is perfect for all levels when practicing for exams. It will help them recognize tenses in a mixed text s ...
5 Views 9,527 Pre-Int
Song Worksheet: Past Simple and Continuous Song

Song Worksheet: Past Simple and Continuous Song

Martha Izabel
This paper helps pre-intermediate students to see the verbs used in a narrative. This song provides a nice narrative as well as a particular vocabulary which is quite useful to explore as a task. ...
7 Views 14,068 ElemPre-Int
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Quote Grammar Message

Quote Grammar Message

ΰλεννκΰ
My point is grammar. I love creating different grammar tasks. This time I’ve decided to come up with something special for checking my students’ grammar. There are 45 sentences, some ...
7 Views 9,670 IntAdv
The Past Continuous Tense

The Past Continuous Tense

•Past Continuous,
This PowerPoint presentation is about past continuous. It includes the use, the form etc. There are many images and examples that will help your learners make a difference between simple past and ...
5 Views 8,923 Pre-IntIntAdv
Cinderella's Story - Past Simple and Continuous Worksheet

Cinderella's Story - Past Simple and Continuous Worksheet

Viki Hesz
•Past Continuous,
This worksheet contains a gap filling exercise contrasting the past simple and past continuous tenses through the story of Cinderella. Students are asked to complete the sentences using the past s ...
14 Views 16,144 Pre-IntInt
Story Tenses

Story Tenses

ibtisam
This is a worksheet to practice story tenses: past simple, past perfect and past continuous. It suits intermediate level. It includes two tasks. The first task includes 5 sentences to be complete ...
5 Views 15,684 Pre-IntInt
Case Study: Victoria López

Case Study: Victoria López

This case was designed for A2-B1 students, with basic understanding and usage of English. The main student group is Law Enforcement students, but learners of General English can also enjoy this tr ...
2 Views 5,525 ElemPre-Int
Pas Simple and Past Continuous

Pas Simple and Past Continuous

•Past Continuous,
This power-point presentation is helpful for teaching the past simple and past continuous tense  through examples and rules. It includes two tests to check your students understanding. It's a ...
15 Views 12,704 Pre-IntInt
Past and Future Mixed Tenses Review - Upper Intermediate

Past and Future Mixed Tenses Review - Upper Intermediate

Sarah
These two worksheets review mixed past and future tenses using two stories. They both feature examples at the top of each to help the student figure out in which instance each tense should be used ...
9 Views 11,962 IntAdv
Verbs Board Game

Verbs Board Game

Nanovita
A board game with pictures and signs for positive, negative, yes or no question, and WH question sentences. Students just need to throw the dice and make sentences based on the pictures and signs. ...
9 Views 13,663 ElemPre-Int
Grammar Test for Upper Levels

Grammar Test for Upper Levels

Khatuna
This is a grammar test for upper intermediate and advanced students. Teacher divides students into groups and nominates each group to answer the questions. It's a multiple choice test which covers ...
9 Views 8,017 AdvExam
Christmas Carol Reading

Christmas Carol Reading

I've used this when reading the story "Christmas Carol" By Charles Dickens with my students. It was useful to help retelling and also to remember details about the story. Although there is a movi ...
4 Views 6,609 ElemPre-Int
Practicing Past Forms

Practicing Past Forms

•Past Continuous, ,
This presentation is an exercise for students to practice past forms (simple past, past perfect or past continuous), they have already learned. The presentation has slides with pictures, and sent ...
9 Views 8,240 Pre-IntIntAdvExam
Song Worksheet: Ho Hey

Song Worksheet: Ho Hey

BusyTeacher Contributor
This song by the Lumineers is the one  I like to use as an introduction to work with mixed present and past tenses (simple, present and continuous). There is also some vocabulary work include ...
7 Views 8,156 Pre-IntInt
Past Progressive

Past Progressive

fatima
• » » Past Continuous
This power point is appropriate for teaching the past progressive tense. It starts with simple past to activate students background knowledge, then present past progressive, question form, and "wh ...
4 Views 8,662 ElemPre-Int
Tenses Overview

Tenses Overview

A powerpoint that explains the grammar rules for all the different English tenses. It contains examples, spelling rules, and shows the students how to form the verbs in normal, interrogative, and ...
15 Views 8,681 Pre-Int
Grammar Quiz

Grammar Quiz

This is a grammar worksheet, that helps you to find out the gaps in your student´s knowledge. The task is to open the brackets using the appropriate grammar tense in interrogative, negative ...
12 Views 15,678 ElemPre-IntIntAdv
Past Continuous Game for Teens and Adults

Past Continuous Game for Teens and Adults

• » » Past Continuous
Students pick up a card and use the information on the card to tell the group about a time when they met someone famous. They use the information on the card and their imagination to answer other ...
15 Views 11,306 Pre-Int
Song Worksheet: Read All about It (Part III)

Song Worksheet: Read All about It (Part III)

A very inspiring video telling a moving story. Song activity: Gap filling. Skimming. Scanning. Grammar (tenses: presents, pasts, future). Lexicon (definitions, synonyms, antonyms). Speaking (class ...
3 Views 8,998 Pre-IntInt
Recording Mistakes

Recording Mistakes

Moacir Filho
•Past Continuous, ,
I use this activity to make students read and pay attention to what they're reading. They can play read and mime (in which for each blank, the teacher shows the word to one student and s/he has to ...
6 Views 10,547 All
Past Continuous in Pictures

Past Continuous in Pictures

•Past Continuous,
Display these slides on LCD projector. This was specifically developed for intermediate learners. However, can also be used by advanced students. Have students study each slide and then allow t ...
13 Views 9,758 IntAdv
What They Were Doing When the Titanic Hit the Iceberg

What They Were Doing When the Titanic Hit the Iceberg

• » » Past Continuous
This powerpoint is about the Titanic disaster. From real photos of survivors, students have to make sentences using past continuous to explain what people were doing when the Titanic hit the icebe ...
9 Views 7,272 Pre-Int

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