Basic English Grammar
Tanggal Terbit: March 6, 2010


Previous Lessons : Step-11(NonProgressive Verbs), Conditional Sentence

KEY : Past progressive tense is used to express something happen in the past time when others occur. Past Progressive tense is commonly used together with Simple Past Tense.

For Examples:

I was watching TV when he knocked the door.

Use the conjunction /when/ or /while/ to combine both tenses.

Formula :

Subject + Be-Past + Present Participle + Object/Adverb

Study this follows!

(+) I was reading a novel.
(-) I wasnot reading a novel.
(?) Was I reading a novel?

So, place not behind the be-past to make a negative and place the be-past at the beginning of the sentence when you would like to make an interrogative sentence. Read more

Using WHILE and WHEN

For examples:

While I was learning English, my father came.
When I went to BALI, Mita sent me a line.

Note : Sent me a a line = sent me a piece of letter.

From the sentence above, we can see that WHILE is used to make a sub clause of past progressive tense and WHEN is used to make a main clause of Past Simple.

English Lesson #1

How to understand English Sentence or Structure

taken from: Every languages has its own uniqueness as well as English language. In English grammar, structure points to h...

Popular English Lessons

English For Basic Learners. uses cookies to help google service, personalise ads, and more. By visiting us you agree with our Cookies & Privacy policy.