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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.

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.

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