Nelbis Yépes Martínez
UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL ABIERTA Y A DISTANCIA
ESCUELA DE CIENCIAS BÁSICAS, TECNOLOGÍAS E INGENIERÍAS
PROGRAMA DE INGENIERÍA ENELECTRÓNICA
Octubre 16 de 2010
TOPIC: SIMPLE PAST/ PAST CONTINUE TENSE
Describing Actions: - Meaning:
SIMPLE PAST: To talk about an action or a situation - an event - in the past. Theevent can be short or long.
PAST CONTINUE: is used to indicate that an action was in progress when another action occurred in the past.
➢ Affirmative form (+): Personal pronoun +was or were + verb (ing) + complement
➢ Negative form (-): Personal pronoun + was or were +not+ verb (ing) + complement
Example: “Shiela (talk) was talking on the telephone when James (come)came in.”.
In the example we have the act of Shiela talking on the telephone for an unspecified period “was talking”. But we know that james” act was at a specific time and of short duration “camein”.
Read the following situation
Mike Harley (drive) was driving his Ford “Fiesta” along Finch Street in Hohum, when suddenly a dog (run) ran in front of his car. Mike (brake) brakedquickly but, a car which (follow) was following his car (crash) crashed into the back. A policeman who (stand) was standing on the corner of the street (see) saw the accident and quickly (run) raninto the street to help the victims. The dog’s owner, Ms Pricilla Plunkett, (notice) (-) did not notice that her dog was missing while she (shop) was shopping in the mall on Finch Street. The driver ofthe second, Mr. Peter Pumkineater said he (expect) (-) did not expect Mike’s car to stop so suddenly. He (see) did not see (-) the dog.
Now, you must to complete descriptive exercise put the verb in(…..) into the past progressive „to be‟ (was, were) + (verb)-ing, or past simple. If the negative sign (- ) is placed after the verb put it into the negative form: “ was/were” not (verb )- ing or ....