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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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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 ...
1 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
Practicing Past Forms

Practicing Past Forms

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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 ...
1 Pre-IntermediateIntermediateUpper Intermediate and AdvancedExam Level
Song Worksheet: Ho Hey

Song Worksheet: Ho Hey

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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 ...
5 Pre-IntermediateIntermediate
Past Progressive

Past Progressive

fatima
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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 ...
3 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
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 ...
10 Pre-Intermediate
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 ...
8 ElementaryPre-IntermediateIntermediateUpper Intermediate and Advanced
Past Continuous Game for Teens and Adults

Past Continuous Game for Teens and Adults

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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 ...
5 Pre-Intermediate
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 ...
1 Pre-IntermediateIntermediate
Recording Mistakes

Recording Mistakes

Moacir Filho
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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 All levels
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 ...
6 IntermediateUpper Intermediate and Advanced
What They Were Doing When the Titanic Hit the Iceberg

What They Were Doing When the Titanic Hit the Iceberg

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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 ...
6 Pre-Intermediate
Past Simple and Past Continuous (Arranging Sentences)

Past Simple and Past Continuous (Arranging Sentences)

•Past Continuous,
There are 2 parts. The first part is fill-in-the-gap and the other is arranging sentences into meaningful paragraphs. The arranging paragraph is a little advanced because it has more than 6 s ...
3 Pre-Intermediate
Past Simple vs Past Continuous Quiz

Past Simple vs Past Continuous Quiz

•Past Continuous,
A handy way to gauge how much your students know already about the differences between the two tenses. I normally use this after having asked a few questions using a combination of past simple and ...
4 Pre-Intermediate
The Titanic

The Titanic

This worksheet aims at practising different skills, after having read some information about the Titanic accident. It includes comprehension questions, vocabulary exercises, past simple and past c ...
3 Elementary
Verb Tenses: Past Continuous II Worksheet

Verb Tenses: Past Continuous II Worksheet

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This is a very simple worksheet for teaching or revising the past continuous tense at elementary level. There are 3 different activities in which students are asked to rewrite the sentences i ...
2 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
Simple Past and Past Continuous Worksheet

Simple Past and Past Continuous Worksheet

•Past Continuous,
In this worksheet you will find an exercise to complete with simple past, some of the vocabulary may be a bit difficult. You may need to pre teach some of the verbs. And the second exercise to cho ...
4 Pre-Intermediate
Writing Practice - Past Continuous - Make Up Your Alibi

Writing Practice - Past Continuous - Make Up Your Alibi

•Past Continuous,
This worksheet is an adapted version of the Business Alibi Game originally by UsingEnglish.com. Yesterday at 2:35 pm a laptop with very important data on it was stolen from a manager’s desk. ...
3 Pre-IntermediateIntermediate
Charades - Past Continuous

Charades - Past Continuous

•Past Continuous,
This game helps demonstrate and practice the difference between the past simple and past continuous tenses. Split your class into two teams. Explain what the word  charades means – us ...
4 ElementaryPre-IntermediateIntermediate
Song Worksheet: Goodbye My Lover (Past Tenses)

Song Worksheet: Goodbye My Lover (Past Tenses)

Finding exercise about past tenses is a difficult task so, I create this exercise where ss will be able to practice grammar rules, listening and reading. In the first exercise ss match the tenses ...
2 IntermediateUpper Intermediate and Advanced
Past Continuous

Past Continuous

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Past continuous presentation was complied in order to explain students the differences in the usage of past simple and past continuous. The presentation also includes slides for Hungarian students ...
2 Pre-Intermediate
Past Continuous Test

Past Continuous Test

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A past continuous test: a test to revise this verbal tense. There are two questions. The first question is to complete the blank spaces with  past continuous of the verb in brackets. The seco ...
3 Pre-Intermediate
Murder Case ( Past Continuous)

Murder Case ( Past Continuous)

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The" Murder story "worksheet is designed for elementary students to practise the past continuous tense. There has been a murder and an inspector is interrogating people about what they were doing ...
4 Elementary
Simple Past and Past Continuous Test

Simple Past and Past Continuous Test

•Past Continuous,
Simple past and past continuous test: a test to revise these two verbal tenses. There are three questions. The first question is to complete the blank spaces with the past continuous of the verbs ...
5 Pre-IntermediateIntermediate
Gap-fill Reading

Gap-fill Reading

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The worksheet is a simple children's story for young learners to practice the past simple, past continuous and past perfect simple tense. It is illustrated and each illustration shows a word that ...
4 Intermediate
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 ...
4 Pre-IntermediateIntermediate

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About Past Continuous Worksheets
The past continuous, also called the past progressive, is the focus of this section. Right now, there are 192 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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