ACET: Grammar Tip
Using Past Tenses
We use the past continuous to talk about something in the past:
which happened before and after another action:
• The boys were watching tv when I got home.
which happened before and after a specific time:
• It was eight o’clock and I was writing a letter.
which continued for some time:
• Everyone was shouting.
which happened again and again:
• They were always arguing.
with verbs which show change or growth:
• Her English was improving.