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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 168 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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Movie Worksheet: Mr. Bean Is Packing for a Trip

Movie Worksheet: Mr. Bean Is Packing for a Trip

One of the things I love about using Mr. Bean videos is the varied topics that can be covered using them. We used this one for both past and present continuous, but it can also be used for the sim ...
1 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
What Happened on Your Last Holiday

What Happened on Your Last Holiday

It is a worksheet for learners to practice the use of past simple and past continuous through misfortunes they had during their last last holiday. There are pictures and cues so that the writing c ...
1 Pre-Intermediate
Tense Cube

Tense Cube

Cut out the layout and tape the sides together to make a 3DTense Cube. Students can practise the most common tenses by rolling the cube and saying a sentence with the given time expression. You ca ...
4 Elementary Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Prompts to Write a Story

Prompts to Write a Story

Prompt students to develop their writing skills by drawing a sequence of pictures and describing what had happened in each of them. I bet students will find it entertaining and easy to write the s ...
3 All levels
Past Tense Review - Adjectives for Describing Places

Past Tense Review - Adjectives for Describing Places

In this worksheet, you can find several exercises on past tenses and also, you can find vocabulary - adjectives for describing places. The past tenses are: past simple, past continuous and past si ...
3 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced
Past Continous and Past Simple

Past Continous and Past Simple

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Provides a simple explanation of  past continous ans tpast continous mixed with simple past. Deals with how to use  past continous to describe actions happend in a specific time in ...
2 Elementary
Movie Worksheet:The Fantastic Flying Books

Movie Worksheet:The Fantastic Flying Books

The worksheet must be used in combination with the short cartoon, which you can find here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VljJIQuPDSE&feature=kp . Have your ss watch the cartoon and ...
1 Pre-Intermediate
Squirrel Goes Nuts

Squirrel Goes Nuts

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A reading lesson around the article published online about an American teenager attacked by a squirrel as he was trying to make a selfie with the animal. Contains comprehension questions, grammar, ...
2 Pre-Intermediate
Sentence Build Up Practice: Past Continuous

Sentence Build Up Practice: Past Continuous

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You can use the worksheet to give your students more chances to practice past continuous. Make your students  work in pairs, which creates more opportunities for the students to use English i ...
2 Elementary
Past Continuous Presentation - Complex

Past Continuous Presentation - Complex

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You will find a complex explanation of past continuous with many examples, interactive sentences (so your students would practise even during the presentation, not only at the end) and a short exe ...
2 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced
Past Continuous Presentation - Basic

Past Continuous Presentation - Basic

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This presentation contains 3 basic rules for using past continuous. It includes lots of pictures and examples. There is no exercise, but there are interacive sentences you can use with your studen ...
1 Elementary Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
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

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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 ...
7 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 ...
6 Pre-Intermediate
Detective Game: Who's the Murderer?

Detective Game: Who's the Murderer?

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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 ...
14 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 ...
7 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 ...
17 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 ...
4 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 ...
6 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

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