Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 2 – Episode 5 – Past Continuous

Arsenio's ESL Podcast
Arsenio's ESL Podcast: Season 2 - Episode 5 - Past Continuous

Past continuous is fun.  It’s exactly like the present continuous, but you’re using the verb to be in the past tense.

I was, he was, she was, it was, you were, we were, they were.

There are your past forms of the verb to be. 

Here’s a nice little exercise for you to do.  For those of you who listen to my podcast, please do the exercise first before listening.

  1. Somebody was crying.
  2. While I was watching a movie, I heard a loud noise in the kitchen.
  3. I went towards the kitchen.
  4. I wrote blogs yesterday for about an hour and then I did two podcasts.


a. a complete action in the past.

b. two completed actions in the past that happened one after the other.

c. an activity in progress in the past.

d. an activity in progress in the past interrupted by a sudden action.

The rule: we make the past continuous with the past simple of to be + verb -ing


What were these people doing yesterday?

  1. Jake/ walk the dog.
  2. Supitcha/drive home.
  3. My students/laugh in class.
  4. It/rain hard.
  5. You/read my blog.
  6. I/go home.


Now write questions with the above activities.

Example: Jake/walk dog?

Answer: Was Jake walking the dog?


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