CORSO UPPER INTERMEDIATE

di Antonio Portaluri e Raffaele Nardella

GRAMMATICA

PAST CONTINUOUS TENSE

Indice del Corso

Il Past Continuous Tense, chiamato anche Past Progressive Tense, si usa comunemente in inglese per un'azione in corso in un particolare momento del passato ma non ancora conclusa.

Questo tempo si forma usando il verbo TO BE al passato e la forma -ing del verbo.

SOGGETTO BE FORMA  -ING
I was walking
You were walking
He was walking
She was walking
It was walking
We were walking
You were walking
They were walking

Il Past Continuous Tense si usa per descrivere un'azione progressiva nel passato spesso con un'altra azione al Simple Past.

 

She was cooking when the phone rang.

 

(Stava cucinando quando squillato il telefono.)

 

7.00
  She was cooking

 The phone rang

8.00
 
She was cooking

9.00
She was cooking 

Infine possiamo usare questo tempo per descrivere due azioni progressive nel passato. In questo caso usiamo il Past Continuous per entrambe le azioni:

While I was watching TV, Diana was relaxing on the sofa.

8.00

I was watching TV

Diana was relaxing

9.00

I was watching TV

Diana was relaxing

10.00

I was watching TV

Diana was relaxing


 

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