We use the past progressive tense to talk about an action that was happening at some time in the past. The form for the past progressive is:
subject + past tense be verb + verb(-ing)
Read the passage below and find the 13 examples of the past progressive.
Hi everyone! I’m Katia, and I want to tell you about a scary experience I had. I was studying English in New Zealand in 2011. I was living with a homestay family in Christchurch, a city on the South Island. It was lunchtime, and I was leaving my language school with my friends Yumi and Li Jing. We were walking down the street to our favorite restaurant. Suddenly, the ground was shaking! Li Jing and I didn’t know what was happening, but Yumi said, “It’s an earthquake!” The people around us were running and screaming. We were so scared! We didn’t know what to do. We were going into a building when a police officer stopped us. He said, “Don’t go in there! It’s dangerous!” The building was shaking! We ran with the police officer to a safe place.
When the earthquake stopped, we went back to our homestay families. I was entering my home when my cell phone rang. My parents were calling me from Russia. They were watching TV when the news program said there was an earthquake in New Zealand. They were so worried about me. Luckily, I was safe
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