Inglés/Gramática/Pasado progresivo

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Structure - Estructura


The structure of a simple sentence in past progressive tense is the following: La estructura de una sencilla oración en tiempo pasado progresivo es la siguiente:


noun/pronoun + was/were + verb in progressive form. "was y were son complementos"


Examples: Ejemplos:


I was walking.
You were eating.
She was thinking.
We were planning.
It was snowing.
The Moon was lighting.


Uses - Usos


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Present Progressive: The action was in progress when another action occurred.


Past progressive tense is usually used to communicate that an activity was going on when another action occurred. Example: El tiempo pasado progresivo es comúnmente usado para comunicar que una actividad estaba sucediendo cuando otra acción ocurrió. Ejemplo:


When I was walking home, I saw my old friend John.


I saw my old friend John is the part in simple past tense, and when I was walking home is te part in past progressive tense. Another example is I saw my old friend es una parte en tiempo pasado simple, y when I was walking home es una parte dependiente en tiempo pasado progresivo. Otro ejemplo es


Because it was raining, we could not go outside.


A sentence including a part in past progressive tense may also expresses that an activity was in progress at some point in the past. Example: Una oración que incluya una parte en tiempo pasado progresivo puede expresar también que una actividad estaba sucediendo en cierto momento en el pasado. Ejemplo:


Last day at midnight, we were watching movies.


A sentence may, of course, include two parts in past progressive tense when it is intended to express that two activities were in progress simultaneously. Example: Una oración puede, por supuesto, incluir dos partes en pasado progresivo cuando se pretende expresar que dos actividades estaban llevándose a cabo simultáneamente. Ejemplos:


While I was working, you were resting worriless.