Simple Past vs. Past Continuous

  1. Look at these sentences from Rounak’s story about his journey on a train:

a) As soon as the train came into the platform, the passengers rushed to get into the train.

b) There was a little commotion as passengers searched for their seats.

c) As we settled down, we started chit-chatting with co-passengers.

What kind of words are the ones in bold?

Do they describe present, past or future actions?

Can you identify the verb form?

2. Now look at these other sentences:

d) Some were going to hill station, Darjeeling for their holiday trip.

e) Since the train was passing through the countryside …, I was flabbergasted …

f) We saw many paddy fields where farmer were harvesting crops.

What kind of words are the ones in bold?

Do they describe present, past or future actions?

Can you identify the verb form?

Could you explain why we use one form or the other?

Explore the links below to compare the uses of the Simple Past & Past Continuous

english-page

learnenglish              english-grammar-online

 

Try these exercises:

Exercise 1

Exercise 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

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