Hello my friend.
Although let bygones be bygones we continue studying it. Like we have seen in past posts you can express actions that were happening in a moment in the past. Know we’ll see how to express two actions that happened at same time. The topic is Past Continuous Tense + Simple Past Tense.
Past Continuous Tense + Simple Past Tense
We often use the past continuous tense with the simple past tense. We use the past continuous tense to express a long action. And we use the simple past tense to express a short action that happens in the middle of the long action. We can join the two ideas with when or while.
In the following example, we have two actions:
1. long action (watching TV), expressed with past continuous tense
2. short action (telephoned), expressed with simple past tense
- I was watching TV when you telephoned.
(Notice that “when you telephoned” is also a way of defining the time [8pm].)
- when + short action (simple past tense)
- while + long action (past continuous tense)
There are four basic combinations:
- “Watching TV” took a few hours. “Telephoned” took a few seconds.
- “Walking past the car” took a few seconds. “Exploded” took a few milliseconds.
Now keep practicing to understand it.
Read you next time.