Bad Habits- Past Continuous - Answer Sheet


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Suggested answers for the grammar discussion questions

First use of the Past Continuous
Present Continuous/ Past Continuous
Why did you use the Past Continuous in the first and second games you 
played (the miming games)? Because the actions were in progress when 
the teacher shouted “Stop” and were finished when you were speaking 
about them. 

How could you change the game to use the Present Continuous instead? By 
continuing the actions while you are talking about them

How are the uses of the Present Continuous and Past Continuous similar to 
and different from each other? They are both used to talk about a moment 
in time or an action in progress, one being used to talk about now and 
the other for the past

Past Simple/ Past Continuous
How would your answers change if your teacher asked you the Past Simple 
question “What did Giovanni do?” rather than the Past Continuous question 
“What was Giovanni doing (when I told you to stop)?” You would need to 
explain everything that he did, rather than just the one action that was 
in progress when the teacher shouted “Stop”

What are the similarities and differences between the uses of the Past Simple 
and Past Continuous? They are both used to talk about finished actions 
but the Past Continuous focuses on a point in time

Second use of the Past Continuous
Why did you use the Past Continuous in the roleplay conversation about 
classmates? To emphasize that it happened often

What other tenses could you use? Simple Past, “used to”, or “would” 

How would that change the meaning and impact of what you say? With 
Simple Past, it could just be one time rather than a habit. “Used to” 
doesn’t emphasize that it happened all the time, and so it doesn’t sound 
like as strong a complaint as Past Continuous or “would”.

Written by Alex Case for © 2011

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