[Grammar] Let’s K.O. ALL The Verb Tenses (2)

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4. Continuous Verb Forms

This form describes things which are incomplete/in progress. It describes an action at one certain moment in time.

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Continuous = be + verb-ing


  • Past Continuous

→ It describes an action which was happening at a time in the past.

I was doing homework at 7:00 last night.

  • 7:00 last night → a moment in the past
  • homework → something incomplete at the moment (7:00 last night)

Tips: the Past continuous is usually used to show an action which was happening when another action, which is usually shorter, happened at the same time, stopped the continuous action or started after the continuous action.

I was having dinner when Sarah called me.

  • Sarah called me → a moment in the past
  • having dinner → something incomplete at the moment (When Sarah called me)

 

I was walking along the beach when it started raining.

  • it started (raining) → a moment in the past
  • walking → something in progress at the moment (When it started raining)

  • Present Continuous

→ It describes an action which is happening at the time of speaking.(right now)

-What are you doing?     -I am doing homework.

  • They are speaking right now → a moment
  • homework → something incomplete at the time of  speaking

  • Future Continuous

→ It describes an action which will be happening at a time in the future.

I‘ll be doing homework at 7:00 tomorrow.

  • 7:00 tomorrow → a moment in the future
  • homework → something incomplete at the moment (7:00 tomorrow)

Remember: The continuous tense describes an action that was/is/will be in progress at a certain moment in the past/now/in the future.

Practice:

1. I _ a book when I heard the noise from the garden.

A. will be reading

B. was reading

C. am reading

2. Sarah _ in the next marathon. She is training hard for it.

A. will be running

B. was running

C. is running

3. We _ dinner when you arrive tomorrow evening.

A. will be having

B. are having

C. were having


Next episode we will talk about Perfect Verb Forms!

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