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Advice needed on past tenses

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  • Lewi
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    13 April, 2012 at 10:54
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    I have students that are experience difficulties with these two tenses

    I made (past simple) and I was making (past continuous)
    They have them in a sentence. But I need to explain to them in a simple way so it is clearer for them to understand.

    The thing I know how to use them, but to actually explain it to students, I find it difficult.

    Can someone Advice me

    TEFL World Wiki
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    14 April, 2012 at 8:32
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    Reply To: Advice needed on past tenses

    Keep things simple. Explain that we often use the past continuous to describe a longer event which is interrupted by the past simple.

    I was making breakfast when the phone rang.

    You can demonstrate this with a timeline like this one.


    TEFL World Wiki: http://teflworldwiki.com

    dan
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    23 April, 2012 at 15:31
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    Reply To: Advice needed on past tenses

    TEFL World Wiki’s reply suggests that you want to teach them together – is this the case, or are you talking about teaching them both individually?

    AnitaLanguageCorner
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    28 February, 2017 at 16:47
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    Yes! Teach them together. We normally use the past continuous to talk about two events in the past, with one interrupting the other.

    Rory
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    12 March, 2017 at 10:17
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    If you use two past continuous structures in the same sentence, it means two things are happening at the same time. For example, ‘Mirella was walking along the road while I was speaking to Roger’.

    The past continuous can also be used with the past simple in a sentence. The past continuous is something which started before the past simple action…. so the past simple action often interrupts the past continuous action.
    For example, ‘I was watching TV when the telephone rang’.

    Hope this helps.

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