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As I grew older I realized the importance of a good education.
As I walked down the street, I saw a girl dressed in white.
I have been asked what tense the underlined parts are in. Does the 'as' change the verbs that follow to something else other than the past tense?
They are both past continuous tenses
They are Past Simple, not Past Continuous- was/were growing and was/were walking are the Past Continuous (Progressive) forms.
Using 'as' doesn't change the name of the tense and does not force you to use the Past Simple- we could use a different form after it:
As I was walking down...