Difference between Simple Past and Past Continuous Tense

Difference between Simple Past and Past Continuous Tense

Difference between Simple Past and Past Continuous Tense

Difference between Simple Past and Past Continuous Tense

       As we have already studied from the previous post before, both the Simple Past and the Past Continuous Tense refer to completed actions in the past time.  However, both of them actually have some differences. (Also read : Difference Between Simple and Present Continuous Tense)

Below are some differences

A. We use Simple Past Tense to talk about a finished action in the past, often with time expressions like yesterday, last week, a year ago etc. This is by far the most common way of talking about the past.

Examples:

  1. I lived there for 6 years.
  2. I only found out a few moments ago.
  3. I asked her but she didn’t know anything.
  4. The company made 100 people redundant last year.

B. The most common use of the past continuous tense is to talk about something that was happening around a particular time in the past [to emphasize the continuity of the action]. (Also read other article at : Gemuruh Petir Menyertai Hujan)

Examples:

  1. What were you doing at 8 o’clock last night? I was watching television.

(I started watching television before 8 o’clock and I continued watching it after 8 o’clock.)

  1. In 1994 he was working in a small town in Poland.

(he started working in 1994 and he continued working in a small town in Poland after 1994.)

  1. At 6 o’clock on Saturday morning we were travelling to the airport.
  2. Everybody was talking about it all evening.
  3. They were really trying hard but couldn’t do it.
  4. I was thinking about you the other day.
  5. Were you expecting that to happen?

C. We often use the past continuous and the past simple tense together. When this happens, the past continuous describes a longer, ‘background’ action or situation and the past simple describes the action or events. (Also read other article at : Proses Terjadinya Angin Darat dan Angin Laut)

Examples:

  1. When I woke up this morning it was raining and my father was singing in the kitchen.
  2. I was walking home, whistling happily, when I saw two masked men run out of the bank.
  3. I broke my leg when I was skiing.
  4. I was playing a computer game when the doorbell rang.
  5. It was raining hard when we left the building.
  6. He was going out to lunch when I saw him.
  7. The company was doing well when I last visited it.

       That’s all the material about Difference between Simple Past and Past Continuous Tense we can share for this occasion. We hope the post above can increase our understanding about Grammar, especially about the Difference between Simple Past and Past Continuous Tense. (Also read other article at : Soal PAT IPA Kelas 7 SMP)

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