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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 180 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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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 ...
2 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 ...
2 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 ...
1 Elementary Pre-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 ...
3 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. ...
2 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
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 ...
3 Elementary Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
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 ...
1 Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced
Past Continuous

Past Continuous

• » » Past Continuous
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 ...
2 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 ...
3 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 ...
2 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
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
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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 ...
3 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 ...
5 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 ...
5 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 ...
4 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced
Past Continous and Past Simple

Past Continous and Past Simple

•Past Continuous,
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 ...
3 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

•Past Continuous, , ,
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

•Past Continuous, ,
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

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