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Test your understanding of the English lesson by answering these questions. You will get the answers and your score at the end of the quiz.
I was ______ last night.

We ________ _________ this past Saturday.

Last night, my friends ______ ______ for four hours!

While I ______ _______, my friend Chris was running.

When do we use the past progressive?

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215 Comments on “English Grammar – Introduction to Past Progressive”

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thanks for nice Lesson

Saturday, August 1st 2009

    Past Progressive is so essential

    Saturday, March 25th 2017

Simple and easy to understand…
Are there any exceptions here?

Saturday, August 1st 2009

    Actually, yes. I think it would have been interesting to add that some stative verbs are not normally used in the continuous (for example, have, like, need, want, know…). If I remember correctly, the progressive forms occur only with dynamic verbs. Of course, some verbs can be both stative and dynamic.
    There is an ESL lesson about stative verbs : https://www.engvid.com/english-grammar-stative-verbs/

    Monday, September 21st 2015


Sunday, August 2nd 2009

Thank you very much for this lesson , I was watching movie yesterday when I saw this lesson , so I completed it now.

Monday, August 3rd 2009

Thank you very much
I liked this website
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Monday, August 3rd 2009


Monday, August 3rd 2009

thank u sooooooooooo much


Monday, August 3rd 2009


Tuesday, August 4th 2009

Thank u teacher

Wednesday, August 5th 2009

Great Lesson! Thanks!

toiyeuem9686: if you was vietnamese, what you are now?

Sunday, August 9th 2009

    haha :D

    Monday, April 16th 2012

    Now, may be he is american but he alaways pround of his hometown,=))

    Sunday, November 18th 2012

Thanks, Alex !

Monday, August 10th 2009

thanks!it is interesting to listen your lecture!

Wednesday, August 12th 2009

thanks you so much brother Alex

Thursday, August 13th 2009

thanks you ~ that’s very nice!!

Saturday, August 15th 2009

my score is:5\5

Wednesday, August 26th 2009

Great Sir !!!

It is really Helping us a lot !!!

From INDIA !!!

Saturday, August 29th 2009

thank you very much

Thursday, September 17th 2009

thank u so much for this useful lesson

Tuesday, October 6th 2009

Thank you very much
I liked this website
is very good.
very easy to understand.

Wednesday, October 14th 2009

useful lesson.thanks

Tuesday, November 3rd 2009

can I ask you when I should use I was watting for you.
and when I should use I have been watting for you.

The situation is if I am having a date with someone and I whant to tell him …….

Thank you very much for an answer….Silvia

Friday, November 6th 2009

    i was waiting for you

    Monday, June 20th 2011

Absolutely great topic!

Friday, November 20th 2009

Easy to understand

Monday, November 23rd 2009

thank you for your lesson…

Friday, November 27th 2009

Thank you very much. Good lesson.

Thursday, January 7th 2010

Great lesson Alex.

Tuesday, March 9th 2010

The lesson is very practical !

thanks alex!

Sunday, March 14th 2010

thank you

Monday, March 22nd 2010

Thanks ALEX. I’m a A-level student. Your lesson very helpful in my writing……

Saturday, March 27th 2010

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Friday, April 9th 2010

good lesson

Monday, April 26th 2010

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Monday, May 3rd 2010

thanx a lot

Sunday, May 9th 2010

thank you you are amazaing

Thursday, May 13th 2010

thanks alex so much

Wednesday, May 26th 2010

thanks for lesson. i m exited and not bore to hear because the method that you are using is effective and make me anxiety to learn more with you! once again Thank you so much!!!!!!!

Friday, May 28th 2010

thanks so mush

Tuesday, June 1st 2010


Monday, June 7th 2010

really good example thanks

Monday, June 14th 2010

Thank you very much 1 Nice lesson !

Saturday, July 24th 2010

Thank you Alex
It was a good lesson

Tuesday, August 3rd 2010

thanks sir

Wednesday, August 4th 2010

Awesome!!!great topic,did by great person in easier way

Friday, August 13th 2010

Hello. I’m Hang. I’m from Vietnam. I’d like you to help me this
“It…….(rain) all day yesterday” what exact tense can we use here”
I hope to hear from you soon. Thanks a lot.

Sunday, August 15th 2010

    Hi Hang,

    In this case, you can use a variety of tenses. Here they are:

    “It rained all day yesterday.”
    “It was raining all day yesterday.”
    “It had rained all day yesterday.”
    “It had been raining all day yesterday.”

    The first one is the one you were probably looking for.

    Sunday, April 17th 2011

Thanks alot for your teaching and i would like to learn from you about active and passive. Thanks again.

Monday, September 6th 2010

    Do a search for “passive causative” at the top of the webpage. :)

    Sunday, April 17th 2011

thank you verry much.

Wednesday, September 8th 2010

Thank you .

Wednesday, September 8th 2010

my english is very bed but i improve my languge for your lessons .thankyou

Friday, September 10th 2010

All the lessons are excellent.
Thank you

Friday, September 10th 2010

Great lessons and awsome resource.

2 things:
-Conditionals are ver difficult for L2 learners! Could you, or any of your colleagues do a lesson on conditionals?

Thursday, September 16th 2010

Hi Alex,my english is very bed,please help me!

Monday, September 20th 2010

Hi Alex,thank you so much for oll lessons!

Tuesday, September 21st 2010

Thank you

Tuesday, November 2nd 2010

I’m very thankful I found your site. Your lessons are very helpful to me and I guess also to everybody who wants to learn how to speak english well. Thanks a lot and more power.

Tuesday, November 9th 2010

nice for testing basic knowledge in eng.

Tuesday, November 23rd 2010


Tuesday, December 7th 2010

Great lesson especially for writing a narrative. Thank you Alex.

Sunday, December 26th 2010

    Yea is that is right but all the time of the novel I mean …… Narrative…..

    Friday, November 16th 2012

sir Alex, i’m not agree with this phrase: While he was swimming, i was reading.
if i understood something in English i will say: While he was swimming, I read(past tense).
While+past continuous, past tense. Wright or wrong?????

Tuesday, January 18th 2011

    Hi amine,

    Both ways are correct.

    Sunday, January 23rd 2011

Thank you very much for the lesson

Monday, January 24th 2011

I’d be very grateful to you, if you could take up a lesson about “Past Perfect Continues”.Also could you explain the differences between “past Perfect Continues and Past Continues”

your response will be highly appreciated

Monday, February 7th 2011

what is the difference between
“Tracy was reading a book yesterday” or
“Tracy had been reading a book ”

thank you in advance

Monday, February 7th 2011

    Past perfect and past perfect progressive sentences, like “Tracy had read a book yesterday,” or “Tracy had been reading a book yesterday,” are generally used to talk about an event in the PAST past. Essentially, you can use them to talk about an event that happened BEFORE another event in the past. Sometimes though, there is very little difference in meaning.

    Sunday, April 17th 2011

cxellent,today is the first time I can understad this difference.
Thank you.

Monday, February 14th 2011

hi, i m very thankful to respected sir Alex.
His way of teacing is very very good and easy to understand.
God bless u always and all the ways.
Thanks again for this noble teaching.

Wednesday, February 23rd 2011

very nice this site
thanx alooooooooot

Thursday, March 24th 2011

yes,very nice because you help understand more english

Monday, March 28th 2011


Thursday, March 31st 2011

Hi Mr.Alex
I am very glad to find your wonderful site. It is really very useful for me. Thank you so much.

Saturday, April 2nd 2011

what is the difference between
“Tracy was reading a book yesterday” or
“Tracy had been reading a book ”

thank you in advance

Tuesday, April 5th 2011

    tracy was reading a book yestrday is past progressive.
    and tracy had been reading a book is past prefect progressive.

    Thursday, April 14th 2011

    Past perfect and past perfect progressive sentences, like “Tracy had read a book yesterday,” or “Tracy had been reading a book yesterday,” are generally used to talk about an event in the PAST past. Essentially, you can use them to talk about an event that happened BEFORE another event in the past. Sometimes though, there is very little difference in meaning.

    Sunday, April 17th 2011

hi Mr.Alex i enjoyed your methods how to teach English thanks

Thursday, April 7th 2011

That’s great! Mr. Alex thought very well.

Tuesday, April 12th 2011

salam sir
sir can we says that past proggressive talk about an finishd action

Thursday, April 14th 2011

soryyyy unfinishd action

Thursday, April 14th 2011

    Correct. It was in progress at some moment in the past. Of course, it is finished NOW, but it was in progress and was unfinished in the past.

    Sunday, April 17th 2011

i like your teaching style
and you are doing good job

Tuesday, April 19th 2011

Hi Alex
Where are you teaching now.
I come from Viet Nam
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Contact me.

Tuesday, May 17th 2011

thank you i know you good teach

Tuesday, June 14th 2011

it’s very easy thank you so much.

Wednesday, June 15th 2011

it`very thank

Wednesday, June 15th 2011


Monday, June 20th 2011

Hi Mr.Alex,
I’m having problems with my conjunctions(AND,OR,NOR,SO,etc) in writing.I can’t connect my ideas in a logical way when to use FANBOYS.
Can you help me with the above problems?


Saturday, July 2nd 2011

good day sir Alex,now i know how to use them,i like your teaching style,thanks a lot

Tuesday, July 12th 2011

wow! it was nice lesson for me thax.

Wednesday, July 13th 2011

thanks a lot alex for the great lesson,

Saturday, July 23rd 2011


Sunday, July 24th 2011

hey alex .Today i learned a lot

Tuesday, August 2nd 2011

thanks a lot for u help

Tuesday, August 2nd 2011

Thanks! This really helped.

Wednesday, August 3rd 2011

Thank You. I will waiting for more exercises. yeah!

Sunday, August 28th 2011

Tank you alot mr.ALEX

Wednesday, September 7th 2011

Very nice class, each problem I have this is my favorite web to complete my ideas and clear doubts…Thank yoou one more time…

Saturday, September 17th 2011

Thanks alot Mr.Alex’
i like your teaching online

Monday, September 26th 2011

i really like ur online teching.thanku so much.doing this i really improve my english.

Tuesday, September 27th 2011

Thank you!!I scored 5/5. I like the way you teach… Gob bless

Thursday, September 29th 2011

thnx…nice lesson

Sunday, October 2nd 2011

very useful lesson.

Sunday, October 9th 2011

Hi Alex

I still dont understand the different between washed the dishes and was washing the dishes as in both the dishes were done and thats it.
Thank you

Wednesday, October 12th 2011

thanks.. !!its very helpful for learning English

Friday, October 14th 2011

Thanks Alex good job! Gog bless you.

Saturday, October 29th 2011

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Wednesday, November 23rd 2011

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Monday, November 28th 2011

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Friday, December 2nd 2011

Thank you

Friday, December 2nd 2011

Thank you :D

Thursday, December 8th 2011


Thursday, December 15th 2011

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Monday, December 19th 2011

iwas studing english vidio tow month ago

Monday, December 19th 2011

i don’t understand, what’s the difference with simple past??? somebody help me…. please… because in the thirth example Alex use a phrase that it was finished in the past: they were singing very loudly… it was in the past and it finished, not is happening !!! i dont understand.. thank you

Wednesday, December 21st 2011

thank you alix.for this lesson

Monday, December 26th 2011

thank alot

Thursday, December 29th 2011

Hi Alex,

I have a doubt in following example and please let me out on this doubts.

You are free now or Are you free now

Which one is correct and usually are will come before you/we as per rule of English.

I agree that “are you free now?” might be correct due to we are expressing as question term. At the same time if i say
What are you doing on my system? or else if i say
What you are doing on my system? Which term is to be correct?

I keen to here answer for above mentioned doubts.

Warm Regards,
Mohammed Shahith (India)

Wednesday, January 4th 2012

    Mohammed, “You are free now” is an affirmation and “Are you free now” is a question. The more correct write is Are you free now? About the second question, I think that the first is correct. I am not a teacher but I always want help the others members of this site when I can.

    Sunday, January 15th 2012

thank you

Wednesday, January 4th 2012

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Tuesday, January 17th 2012

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Wednesday, February 1st 2012


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Wednesday, March 7th 2012

Thanks a lot¡

Wednesday, March 21st 2012

Thank you! Alex, I like the way you explaining pass progressive.

Friday, April 6th 2012

thank you for the nice lestion

Thursday, April 26th 2012

Thank’s for your teaching.

Friday, April 27th 2012

la proxima aslo en castellano

Thursday, May 17th 2012

Thank you, the video really helps

Tuesday, June 5th 2012

Thank you so much that was helpful

Saturday, June 9th 2012

The lessons are very useful ! thnx ! But I think chat rooms will help a lot

Friday, June 29th 2012

    I agree!

    Saturday, February 28th 2015

please help me what is a different between past progressive and past perfect?

Saturday, July 7th 2012

Thank Alex,this lesson is very useful and i agree whit sweet Vampire ….

Sunday, July 8th 2012

how to use would in past tense..

Saturday, July 14th 2012

what is the difference between have and have been

Saturday, July 14th 2012

Hi Alex,
Could you tell me what is the difference past tense and past perfect tense?

Thursday, August 2nd 2012

Good teaching Alex thank you.

Thursday, September 13th 2012

Thank you for this lesson:))

Monday, September 24th 2012

I am kindly to u i like u my teacher i greatly to u

Monday, September 24th 2012

mr alex . what the future perfect and future perfect progressive

Sunday, September 30th 2012

Wow Finally I found a good web to learn English and all you guys is Awesome.

Monday, October 8th 2012

hello ,i would like to know the meaning of future parfect progrssive and past perfect progrssive.

Tuesday, October 9th 2012

Thank you for this lesson:))

Saturday, November 10th 2012

Thanks Alex but I have a question here please
May I say …….I was walking while my friend Chris ran
Thanks again

Friday, November 16th 2012

thank Alex so much, i will watch all your lesson

Sunday, November 18th 2012

Thanks, nice lesson :-)

Wednesday, November 21st 2012

Thank you, Sir! Got 5/5. :)

Friday, November 30th 2012

thank you very much for this lesson, but can you tell us when we should use the past simple and when we should use the past continuous??

Sunday, December 2nd 2012

nice lessons,thanks

Wednesday, January 2nd 2013

Thanks for nice video I really understand it more

Tuesday, January 22nd 2013

thank you very much.please continue

Tuesday, February 5th 2013

is the use of the past continous for more than 1 action? because i know it’s use:
1- to express apast action in progress when another action took place.
2-to express 2 actions that were happening at the same time.
3-to express an activity in progress during atime in the past.
So, ” i was watching t.v” how is this example expesses the past continous however there is 1 action which is watcing? plz answer me

Wednesday, February 27th 2013

Thanks for your good lesson about “PAST PROGRESSIVE”.

Wednesday, March 13th 2013

Simple and clear, thanks Alex

Thursday, April 4th 2013

Good Job!

Tuesday, April 9th 2013

este teacher se la come pero enseña bien

Monday, May 27th 2013

Thankyou that was useful and amazing !

Saturday, August 3rd 2013


Wednesday, September 11th 2013

Thank you so much professor :)

Tuesday, September 17th 2013

Thanks, Alex! I always prefer your lesson

Saturday, October 19th 2013

Amazing Lesson , Thank you Alex :D

Friday, October 25th 2013

I understand it very well. I got 5/5! :) Thanks teacher Alex for sharing!

Friday, March 7th 2014

Thank you your method make it very clear and easy.

Sunday, March 23rd 2014

Hi Alex,
thanks a lot for useful lesson
take care

Tuesday, April 1st 2014

100/100, thanks for nice Lesson.

Saturday, April 19th 2014

Thank you for the lesson

In the point n° 3 of the text there is: my friendS were dancing for 4 hours.
Ok, we have to use were because we are talking about friendS (then we were).
But why did you use the past progressive if the friends finished the action (dance) after 4 hours? (or maybe the action start 4 hours before and still going on…) I’m confused.
Could you explain me this point please?

Wednesday, April 30th 2014

this testing very very simple :)

Thursday, June 19th 2014

Thanks for the lesson Alex.

Thursday, September 4th 2014


Friday, September 12th 2014

thanks a lot

Monday, October 13th 2014

thank Mr Alex … i got 100/100

Tuesday, October 28th 2014

Thanks Alex.
The lesson was easy and clear.

I have a question and I hope you could clarify this matter to me, because it’s really confusing me.
which one of the following statements is more likely to be correct and way?
1/ It was raining, so I didn’t go out.
2/It has been raining, so I didn’t go out.

Thanks in advance.

Sunday, November 2nd 2014

thanks…today i have an exam on this topic :s

Thursday, November 20th 2014

Great explication!

Thursday, January 15th 2015

Thank you a lot.

Saturday, January 24th 2015

As a new English teacher I sometimes struggle to find ways to explain things to my students (especially beginners) in a simple way they can easily understand. Thank you for this lesson it helped me plan my lesson and the students understood everything.

Sunday, February 1st 2015

thanx Alex you`re a great teacher

Monday, February 2nd 2015

Bad lesson – there is no clear explanation.

Saturday, March 14th 2015

Thank you so much

Sunday, March 15th 2015

thank u so much

Wednesday, March 18th 2015

Thank you!

Thursday, March 19th 2015

Thank You Alex

Saturday, May 2nd 2015

Thank you very much :)

Monday, May 25th 2015

Hi Alex, thanks to you!
It is an honor to have lesson with you.
I’ll see you soon, good luck and take care

Tuesday, August 25th 2015

8/10 another good lesson!

Friday, September 4th 2015

Hi Alex ! Before I didn’t understanding how it worked, but now I understand !!!!! THANK you Very much !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, November 1st 2015

YoI’m sorry, but I think you (like Rebecca,Ronnie,Gill,Emma,Adam) one of the Best teacher in your site !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! )

Sunday, November 1st 2015

Thank you sir. That was useful !

Saturday, November 28th 2015

thanks Alex

Monday, January 4th 2016

    Hello, i want to find a pen-friends for practice in english too, you can add me in for example in facebook, my profile facebook.com/tacagero

    Wednesday, January 6th 2016

Thank you

Wednesday, February 3rd 2016

Thank you so Much 😘🚀

Saturday, February 13th 2016

Thanks a lot Mr. Alex

Saturday, August 27th 2016

Thanks for the lesson Alex.

Sunday, August 28th 2016

Thanks to Mr. Alex

Monday, September 5th 2016

Thanks for this lesson

Thursday, November 3rd 2016

Great lesson! Thanks Alex! I got 5/5!!

Friday, April 7th 2017

what is the difference between the sentence
1. i was walked yesterday
2.i was walking yesterday
if these two answers in my question ,how i choose the answer.how i identiy the situation it is past progressive or past tense.please help me

Tuesday, July 25th 2017

Thank you teacher

Thursday, July 27th 2017

thank’s teacher

Monday, December 25th 2017


Sunday, December 31st 2017


Wednesday, August 1st 2018

Thanks.. Nice tutorial

Thursday, August 23rd 2018


Saturday, September 15th 2018

Thank for the lesson . I got 100 out of 100
the best question was the last. A little bit confused but I got it right . Once again, Thanks.

Monday, December 24th 2018

It is a good exercise to move foward our english.
done by Fajardo

Thursday, March 21st 2019

Hello Alex, hello everyone,
thanks for this lesson.
It was useful introduction to past progressive tense for me. Now, i’m going to watch other videos about that from engvid.
I wish you all the best in learning English.
Bye ;)

Saturday, December 21st 2019

thank you very much Mr.Alex

Wednesday, January 22nd 2020

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