216 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 216 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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Grammar Revision with The Cranberries - Animal Instinct

Grammar Revision with The Cranberries - Animal Instinct

Paloma Valencia Castro
This fun activity will help students practice some grammar elements such as past tenses, pronouns and the future with 'will'. Ideal for elementary or pre-intermediate students. The song can be par ...
1 Views 6,186 ElemPre-Int
Mystery Murder (Past Continuous)

Mystery Murder (Past Continuous)

Fernanda Zamorano Grajale
• » » Past Continuous
This activity is an inversed Clue game where SS need to find the person who was murdered, where was he/she murdered and what was he/she doing when it happened using Past Continuous. Suggested card ...
1 Views 8,623 ElemPre-IntInt
Detective & Suspect Dialogue

Detective & Suspect Dialogue

Aytac KANDEMIR
•Past Continuous, ,
This is a great dialogue worksheet for learners who have difficulty learning some grammar topics such as past simple, past continuous and past perfect. This worksheet is not suitable for young lea ...
7 Views 19,153 ElemPre-IntInt
Urban Legends for High School Students

Urban Legends for High School Students

BusyTeacher Contributor
•Past Continuous, ,
This is a lesson produced to work with high school students to develop past tenses and the ability of telling and writing stories. The activities are contextualized through the genre Urban Legends ...
8 Views 13,903 IntAdv
The Past Tenses Show Poem

The Past Tenses Show Poem

•Past Continuous, ,
This is a little poem I came up with as a metaphor for the narrative tenses. You can use it as a poster or a fun handout for higher level groups. You can ask them why each metaphor is used and do ...
3 Views 14,739 IntAdvExam
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The Legend of the Scarecrow (Past Tenses Revision)

The Legend of the Scarecrow (Past Tenses Revision)

•Past Continuous, ,
This is a worksheet to revise the narrative tenses, namely the past simple, past continuous and past perfect. It allows students to practice their listening, reading, pronunciation, vocabulary and ...
8 Views 19,120 Pre-IntIntAdvExam
Movie Wprksheet: Short Film+ Description Activity ( Past)

Movie Wprksheet: Short Film+ Description Activity ( Past)

English Through Videos
This worksheet is designed to be used with a YouTube video. It helps learners practise the use of past tenses to describe what happened in a short film. Play the video using this link: https://www ...
10 Views 25,593 ElemPre-IntIntAdv
Past Continuous- Crime

Past Continuous- Crime

MargaGracia
•Past Continuous,
This worksheet was devised as part of a didactic unit on crime, mystery and detective fiction. Since many of the police and detective questions tend to be in the past continuous, I decided to mix ...
15 Views 24,306 ElemPre-IntInt
Song Worksheet: Fairytale of New York by Christy Moore

Song Worksheet: Fairytale of New York by Christy Moore

Paul Rooney
The song is a cover of the Christmas classic by the Pogues, performed by Christy Moore on the Jools Holland show. The song begins and ends with a short anecdote giving some background to how the s ...
2 Views 14,960 Pre-IntIntAdv
Test- Grade 8

Test- Grade 8

nergis memili
•, Past Continuous,
This is a test for grade 8. The answer key is included. Here you can find questions about some grammar like simple past and the past continuous tense. Also there are some questions about suggestio ...
1 Views 12,840 Elem
Past Simple vs Past Continuous Powerpoint

Past Simple vs Past Continuous Powerpoint

Afni Yusuff
•Past Continuous, ,
This powerpoint slide is excellent for teachers to explain the difference between simple past and past continuous (progressive). The slides are detailed with interesting animations, pictures, soun ...
14 Views 20,925 All
Past Continuous Presentation Powerpoint

Past Continuous Presentation Powerpoint

Afni Yusuff
• » » Past Continuous
This powerpoint slide provides a detailed and complete explanation of the format, sentence structures and examples of past continuous (progressive).  It makes explaining the rules much easier ...
5 Views 9,952 All
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 ...
17 Views 42,021 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 ...
13 Views 23,523 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 ...
4 Views 24,873 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 ...
8 Views 16,184 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. ...
8 Views 40,657 ElemPre-Int
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 ...
14 Views 23,964 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 ...
6 Views 16,758 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 ...
16 Views 36,267 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 ...
6 Views 27,206 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 9,608 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 ...
17 Views 18,249 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 ...
12 Views 23,359 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. ...
10 Views 20,062 ElemPre-Int

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