27th June 2020
The Jazz musician Art Pepper was in his room, playing saxophone.
Mixing continuous with the past tense
This can be confusing – mixing two different tenses, but it is very common in English. Look at these examples:
Yesterday, I was reading a great book.
She was reading a magnificent story
This is past continuous:
I was doing something (was + verb ing).
But it can be more complicated:
Last week, we were in the garden, drinking tea and laughing.
Normally, this is used to say that SOMETHING HAPPENED to disturb an action in the past.
She was playing video games when the phone rang.
She had to stop playing her game BECAUSE her phone rang.
She was studying in the library when she suddenly remembered she had to help her mother with the shopping.
He was walking in the jungle when …
She was sending a text when …
Now … Your Turn
What happened today at work or school ?
I was teaching a class when a student arrived 15 minutes late.
1 I watch a movie FUTURE TENSE = I will watch a movie (tonight, later etc)
2 I fly a kite PRESENT CONTINUOUS
3 They is rides a bicycle. CORRECT THE GRAMMAR
4 Leo eats a pasta CORRECT THE GRAMMAR
5 I look at photographs PAST TENSE
6 Hank are surfing the internet CORRECT THE GRAMMAR
7 We is chatting with a friend CORRECT THE GRAMMAR
8 I was text my friend when my bag is stolen
9 I like take photographs CORRECT THE GRAMMAR
10 She has a picnic FUTURE TENSE
11 Tomorrow I ….. read a magazine FUTURE TENSE
12 Say ‘I have a blue cookbook in my black backpack’.
13 Jane and Susan like to dance PRESENT CONTINUOUS
14 Tomorrow I ate a cheeseburger CORRECT GRAMMAR
15 I see with my eyes, I ….. with my ears.
16 Yesterday I was watch a movie. CORRECT GRAMMAR
17 We were eat lunch when my friend to arrive.
18 You were sleep last night and didn’t heard the thunder.