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Past Continuous Tense

Past Continuous is used :-
  1. To show an activity that was in progress (was happening,was occurring) at a particular time in the past;
    (a) I sat down at the dinner table at 6:00 p.m. yesterday. My friend came to my house at 6:10 p.m. I was eating when my friend came.
    (b) I went to bed at 10:00. The phone rang at 11:00.I was sleeping when the phone range.
    In (a) & (b): The Simple Past is used in a "when clause" and the Past Continuous in the main clause.

    So ,do remember that when a new action happens in the middle of another action for that action we use Past Indefinite. In (a) you can observe that "my friend came" in the middle of "eating" and in (b) you can observe that "the phone rang" in the middle of "sleeping".

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