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The Past Continuous Tense. Прошедшее длительное время в английском языке

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Образование форм

1. утвердительной

Subject
Подлежащее
BE -ING Form
-ING-форма
I was singing
You were singing
He was singing
She was singing
It was singing
We were singing
They were singing

2. отрицательной

Subject
Подлежащее
BE -ING Form
-ING-форма
I was not (wasn't) singing
You were not (weren't) singing
He was not (wasn't) singing
She was not (wasn't) singing
It was not (wasn't) singing
We were not (weren't) singing
They were not (weren't) singing

3. вопросительной

Be Subject
Подлежащее
-ING Form
-ING-форма
Was I singing
Were you singing
Was he singing
Was she singing
Was it singing
Were we singing
Were they singing

Употребление

1) actions were in progress at special time in the past

Выражает действие, происходившее в определённый момент в прошлом.

Peter was reading a book from 5 to 7 yesterday.

2) two actions were happening at the same time (the actions do not influence each other)

Два длительных действия, происходящих одновременно.

Anne was writing a letter while Steve was reading the New York Times.

3) together with the Simple Past

Для выражения длительного действия, которое прерывается коротким(выражается Simple Past).

While we were sitting at the breakfast table, the telephone rang.

4) repeated actions irritating the speaker (with always, constantly, forever)

Повторяющееся действие, которое раздражает говорящего.

Andrew was always coming in late.

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