Past Progressive

The Past Progressive (Continuous) is a form of the verb that shows the action or state was in progress (continued) in the past.

For example: Lisa was dancing yesterday at 8 o'clock.

Past Progressive Story 1

Past Progressive Story 1

Who was she? Where was she? What was happening?

Yesterday, it was raining and thundering all day. Ann was playing inside the house. She wanted to be outside. She wasn't playing outside because it was raining. She was feeling tired of being trapped inside the house.

Ann was trying to keep busy inside the house. She was reading her book until the electricity went out. Then, she decided to practice her sewing. She was practicing sewing until lunchtime. After lunch, she sat by the window and watched the rain.

While Ann was watching the rain, the phone rang. Her mother was calling to say she was coming home. She was bringing a new game. Ann and her mother ate ice cream and played the game.

While they were playing, the rain stopped! But Ann didn't even notice. She was having such a good time with her mom!

Exercises

A. Answer the following questions. Use the Past Progressive tense.

1. Where was Ann playing yesterday? Why wasn't she playing outside?

Answer:

2. What was Ann doing before the electricity went out? What was she doing until lunchtime?

Answer:

3. At the end of the story, the rain stopped. What was Ann doing?

Answer:

B. Rewrite the following sentences as negative sentences, yes/no questions, WH-questions (using the underlined word) and tag questions.

 

Examples for the sentence "Sam was watching a movie last night."


Negative: Sam was not watching a movie last night.

Yes/No Question: Was Sam watching a movie last night?

WH-Question: What was Sam doing last night?

Tag Question: Sam was watching a movie last night, wasn't he?



 

 

 

 

1. Ann was playing inside the house.

Negative:

Yes/No Question:

WH-Question:

Tag Question:


2. Her mother was calling.

Negative:

Yes/No Question:

WH-Question:

Tag Question:

3. She was bringing a new game.

Negative:

Yes/No Question:

WH-Question:

Tag Question:

C. Change each verb into the Past Progressive tense. (Form => was/were + verb + ing)

1. Last week I was visiting (visit) my brother in France.

2. At 5 o'clock she (cook) dinner.

3. Sally (study) while Jan (play) .

4. She (sing) while they (eat) dinner.

5. It (work) yesterday.

6. They (swim) until it started to rain.

7. The dog was barking (bark) all night long.

8. My sisters (laugh) at my story.

9. The cat (sleep) on my bed last night.

10. The girls (talk) during class yesterday.