2Past Continuous Timeline We use the past continuous tense to describe a past action over a period of time.We use the past continuous tense to describe a past action over a period of time.Past Continuous TimelineFor example:"What were they doing yesterday?""They were working all day."
3It can be used to describe what someone was doing at a particular point in time. For example:"What were you doing at 7.30 last night?""I was watching television."
4O Past Continuous é usado para expressar um evento ou ação em progresso em um momento específico no passado. I was reading my favorite book last night. It was raining a lot when we left. What were you doing at 10 a.m.? Yesterday, at 5 o' clock, I was going to the mall.
5Para expressar a interrupção de uma ação ou evento de longa duração, podemos combinar o Simple Past e o Past Continuous: She was leaving when I arrived. He was going to bed when the phone rang. I cut myself when I was shaving.
6Mas se a idéia a ser transmitida é de que mais de um evento estava ocorrendo simultaneamente, devemos utilizar o Past Continuous em todas as sentenças. I was not listening when he was talking to you. He was working while his wife was shopping. While John was washing the car, David was painting the house and Elaine was planting some flowers.
7Podemos ainda usar o Past Continuous para expressar uma idéia ou opinião, normalmente com má conotação, transmitindo a idéia de rotina, repetição. The neighbour's dog was always barking. She was always complaining about the weather. It was always raining during my trip to England.
8Para formar sentenças no Past Continuous, usamos as seguintes regras: Afirmativa: was verb+ing , were verb+ing= to be (Simple Past) + verbo principal com ing. We were working hard during the campaign. She was dancing when you played that song.
9Negativa:Adicione "not" depois do verbo auxiliarwas not verb + ing , were not verb + ing He was not listening to what you were saying. We were not fighting when she came.
10Interrogativa: Inverta o verbo auxiliar e o sujeito. Were you sleeping when I rang the bell? Was she working during the exhibition last night?