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past cs

past continious and past simple

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When the phone rang, she was writing a letter. Use the Past Continuous to indicate that a longer action in the past was interrupted. The interruption is usually an action in the Simple Past.
Last night at 10 p.m, I was eating dinner. In USE 1, described above, the Past Continuous is interrupted by an action in the Simple Past. However, you can also use a specific time as an interruption.
I was studying while he was making dinner. When you use the Past Continuous with two actions in the same sentence, it expresses the idea that both actions were happening at the same time. The actions are parallel.
I saw a movie yesterday. We use the Simple Past to express the idea that an action started and finished at a specific time in the past. Sometimes the speaker may not actually mention the specific time, but they do have one specific time in mind.
I finished work, walked to the beach, and found a nice place to swim. We use the Simple Past to list a series of completed actions in the past.
They sat at the beach all day. The Simple Past can be used with a duration which starts and stops in the past. A duration is a long action often used with expressions like "for two years," "for five minutes," "all day" or "all year."
Created by: simgee_dogan