Session 2

When telling a story or talking about a true event, we can use both the continuous and simple forms of the past tense. In this session, you will put events from the animated video in order, and then focus on when to use the two forms of the tense.

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Activity 3

Past simple or continuous?

Test yourself on past tenses

Now it's time to test your knowledge of when to use these two past tenses.

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Past simple or continuous?

7 Questions

Choose the grammatically correct sentence from the options

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I bet you'd like to know what Finn did last night... Listen to 6 Minute Grammar to find out and learn some more about past simple and continuous.

Session Grammar

  • When to use past simple
    We use the past simple to describe an action that happened and finished in the past. We commonly use it to give the order of events in a narrative.

    The Titanic struck the iceberg at 11.40pm.

    When to use past continuous
    We use the past continuous to describe an action that was in progress at a particular time in the past but not completed. We often use this tense with a specific time or together with another shorter event.

    The passengers were having dinner at 9 o'clock.

    How to make positive past continuous sentences
    The past continuous is made from subject + was/were + verb-ing.


Session Vocabulary