Past Simple and Past Continuous Contrasted
Differences and similarities in the Past Simple and the Past Continuous
3.1. Affirmative sentences
3.2. Negative sentences
Both tenses are often used together in one sentence:
While I was having a bath, the telephone rang.
I was having a bath when the telephone rang.
- Past Continuous → I was having a bath
- Past Simple → the telephone rang.
The action in the Past Simple (2) interrupts the action in the Past Continuous (1).