Diagram of the Past Continuous

A diagram to show the usage of the Past Continuous

1. We use the Past Continuous when we talk about something which was happening around a period of time in the past.

diagram of the past continuous 1

2. We use the Past Continuous (1) together with the Past Simple (1). The Past Continuous is used for the action in the past which was in progress when a new action (Past Simple) happened.

diagram of the past continuous 2

3. Two actions which were in progress in the past but that do not influence each other.

diagram of the past continuous 3