Past Simple vs Past continuous:
|Past Simple||Past Continuous|
|V2 or Ved |
• He worked.
• I spoke.Did…V1?
• Did I speak? – No, I didn’t.
• Did he speak? – Yes, he did.
|You were speaking. She was speaking. Was/Were + Ving Was/Were…..Ving?|
• Were you speaking? – Yes, you were.
• Was she speaking? – No, she wasn’t.
|We use the Past Simple for:|
1. actions which happened one after anotherShe came home, switched on the computer and checked her emails.
2. completed action + stated timeShe passed her exam last week.
3. past habits → used toWhen he was young, he rode/used to ride his bike to school.
|We use the Past Continuous |
|Time expressions:Yesterday, last night/week/month/, in 1994, 3 days/months ago||Time expressions:Yesterday at … o’clock, while, when/as|