Pasado continuo

Significado y usos

Usamos el pasado continuo cuando:

  1. Nos referimos a acciones que estaban en progreso en el pasado. Por ejemplo:
  • Carmen was making dinner last night. – Carmen estaba haciendo la cena anoche.
  1. Hablamos de una situación y tiempo específicos en el pasado. Por ejemplo:
  • At the time, I was studying abroad. – En ese momento, yo estaba estudiando en el extranjero.
  1. Contamos historias o anécdotas (generalmente, se combina con el pasado simple para indicar una acción que interrumpe aquella que estaba en progreso). Por ejemplo:
  • They were watching TV when the phone rang. – Ellos estaban viendo TV cuando el teléfono sonó. 

  1. Hablamos de dos acciones que suceden al mismo tiempo en el pasado. Por ejemplo:
  • Yesterday, I was working and listening to music at the same time. – Ayer, estaba trabajando y escuchando música al mismo tiempo. 

Forma

Sujeto + verbo «to be» en pasado (was/were) + verbo (-ing) + predicado.

  • The students were reading a book.

Sujeto + verbo «to be» en pasado (was/were) + not + verbo (-ing) + predicado.

  • David wasn’t (was not) working last night.

Verbo «to be» en pasado (was/were) + sujeto + verbo (-ing) + predicado.

  • Were you watching TV?

Ejercicios

¡Test your knowledge!

Complete the sentences using the past continuous.

1. My friends ________ (play) video games. 

2. Sarah __________ (not/do) exercise when I got here.

3. While the president __________  (talk) there were many protests in the streets.

4.  __________ (you/listen) to music in class yesterday?

5. Many people __________ (watch) the game last night when the power went off.

6. While the company’s CEO __________ (give) a presentation, she received many calls.

7. Children __________ (not/play) at school.

8. Daniel and his wife __________ (think) about travelling this year but then quarantine happened.

9. What __________  (they/do) when their mom wasn’t at home?

10. My car __________ (run) low on gas so I had to stop at a gas station.


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