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TENSE TUESDAY: PAST CONTINUOUS FOR PARALLEL ACTIONS

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Hello, readers! Welcome to Tense Tuesday.

Today we are looking at the use of the Past Continuous with parallel actions. Remember that the Past Continuous has the following form:

was / were + -ING

We use this twice in the same sentence to show when two actions were happening at the same time; these actions are parallel

With parallel past-continuous actions, we use the word WHILE. We can place WHILE in between the two tenses or at the beginning of the sentence. 

Example 1: I was reading while he was making dinner. 

Example 2: While you were sleeping, I was cleaning the whole house. Now I'm tired!

Example 3: Were you watching kids while they were playing?

Example 4: I was falling asleep while the professor was lecturing

We can also use the past continuous repeatedly in the same sentence to create various parallel actions. 

Example 5: While studying at university I was working two jobs, volunteering at the local hospital, and running a small business. I was very busy. 

That's all for today. Thank you for reading!