Past Simple vs Past Continuous

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Slide 1 - Tekstslide

Past Simple 
Past Simple: 

+ She played soccer.
- She didn't play soccer. 
? Did she play soccer?

Slide 2 - Tekstslide

Past Simple vs Past Continuous
When we use these two tenses together, it shows us that the past simple action happened in the middle of the past continuous action, while it was in progress.
While I was studying, I suddenly felt sleepy.

We often use these tenses to show an action interrupting another action.
I broke my leg when I was skiing.
As I was going to work, I saw an old friend.

Can you see a difference in the meaning of these two sentences?
When the guests arrived, Jane was cooking dinner.
When the guests arrived, Jane cooked dinner.
In the first one, Jane started cooking dinner before the guests arrived. We know that because it uses the past continuous. In the second sentence, the guests arrived first and then Jane started cooking.

Slide 3 - Tekstslide

The past simple shows us that an action was in the past, not in the present. Regular past simple verbs have -ed at the end (e.g. called, played, arrived). Irregular verbs have a different form, usually with a different vowel sound (e.g. wake → woke, break → broke, feel → felt).

We make the negative with didn't and the infinitive verb.

My parents didn't call me yesterday.
I didn't wake up early this morning.

We make the question form with did and then the subject and infinitive verb.

Did you wake up early this morning?
Did Sam play basketball when he was at university?
The past continuous shows us that the action was already in progress at a certain time in the past.

What were you doing at 8 p.m. last night? I was studying.

This means that I started studying before 8 p.m. and I continued after 8 p.m.

The past continuous can also show that an activity was in progress for some time, not just for a moment.

We were cleaning the house all morning.
We make the past continuous with was or were and the -ing form of the verb.

She couldn't come to the party. She was working.
Three years ago, we were living in my home town.
I tried to give him some advice, but he wasn't listening.
What were you doing this time last year?

Slide 4 - Tekstslide

Past simple vs. past continuous
''I was cooking dinner when my mother called.''

De activiteit die aan de gang was, is de past continuous.
De activiteit die 'erbij komt', is de past simple.

Slide 5 - Tekstslide

Past simple vs. past continuous
zinnen kun je herkennen aan het woordje 'when':
''When the phone rang, she was writing a letter.''

Als het woordje 'while' in de zin staat, gebeuren 2 dingen tegelijk =  2 keer past continuous:
''I was studying while my father was making dinner.''

Slide 6 - Tekstslide

Past Simple vs. Past Continuous

Sheila and I ............. (talk) to the neighbour when the doorbell rang.
were talking

Slide 7 - Quizvraag

Past Simple vs. Past Continuous

My sister .............. (walk) in while I was making my homework
was walking

Slide 8 - Quizvraag

I _________ (wait) for the bus when it ________ (start) to rain.

Slide 9 - Open vraag

I _______ (read) the newspaper, when all of a sudden my cat _____ (jump) into my lap.

Slide 10 - Open vraag

While we _______ (walk) the dog, the neighbours _____ (wash) their car.

Slide 11 - Open vraag


Slide 12 - Video

The old man______ (sleep), when he suddenly ____ (wake up).

Slide 13 - Open vraag

The old lady ______ (build) a castle when someone ___ (take) a piece of wood.

Slide 14 - Open vraag

Their favourite TV show ___ (start) while they _____ (sit) on the sofa.

Slide 15 - Open vraag

The nurse ____ (switch) off the TV.

Slide 16 - Open vraag

The nurse ____ (play) Candy Crush, when a red light ____ (begin) to flash on the computer.

Slide 17 - Open vraag

A man _____ (sweep) the floor while they____ (hide)in a room.

Slide 18 - Open vraag

They____ (enter)the room and the man ____ (not see) them.

Slide 19 - Open vraag

The old lady ____ (read) the map when she __ (have) an idea.

Slide 20 - Open vraag

While the man ____ (sweep) the floor, they ___ (make) plans.

Slide 21 - Open vraag

The old man _____ (hang) above the nurse when she ___ (take) a photo.

Slide 22 - Open vraag

The nurse ____ (discover) the man above her and screamed (scream).

Slide 23 - Open vraag

They ______ (worry) when suddenly the man ____ (open) the door of the room.

Slide 24 - Open vraag

The old lady ____ (catch) the TV remote.

Slide 25 - Open vraag

They ___ (be) happy and proud to have the remote.

Slide 26 - Open vraag

They ___ (be) ready to watch their programme, but the remote ___ (not work) ..

Slide 27 - Open vraag

See you next tomorrow!

Slide 28 - Tekstslide