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Past Continuous Tense

Past ContinuousTense (Trecutul continuu in engleza) se formeaza astfel:

subiect + verbul auxiliar “a fi” (be) la trecut + gerunziul verbului de conjugat

I was reaching 

you were reaching

he/she/it was reaching

we were reaching

you were reaching

they were reaching

Forma negativa: I was not reaching (forma contractata: I wasn’t reaching)

Forma interogativa: Was I reaching? ; Wasn’t I reaching?

 

Acest timp se foloseste cand:

  • ne referim la o actiune deja inceputa la momentul vorbirii:

At 7 this morning she was making the beds. (Azi dimineata la 7 ea facea paturile.)

This time this spring they were going on vacation. (Primavara trecuta pe vremea asta ei plecau in concediu.)

  • dorim sa setam un fundal pentru o actiune trecuta (o actiune in trecut brusca ce intrerupe o actiune in trecut continua):

The teacher was presenting the lesson when the student entered the classroom. (Profesoara prezenta lectia cand elevul a intrat in clasa.)

It was raining outside when he left the house. (Afara ploua atunci cand el a plecat de acasa.)

  • doua actiuni continue, simultane in trecut:

While my mother was baking the cakes, I was washing the dishes. (In timp ce mama cocea prajiturile, eu spalam vasele.)

While everybody was dancing, I was sitting in my room alone. (In timp ce toata lumea dansa, eu stateam singura in camera mea.)

  • actiuni in trecut repetate, dar deranjante:

She was always speaking loudly when I was asleep. (Mereu vorbea tare cand dormeam.)

He was constantly forgetting his keys. (El isi uita constant cheile.)

  • pentru intrebari politicoase:

I was wondering: could you borrow me a few pennies until I get my salary. (Ma intrebam: ai putea sa-mi imprumuti cativa banuti pana iau salariul?)

I was just thinking if you would be kind enough to help me with my exam. (Ma gandeam daca ai fi atat de bun incat sa ma ajuti cu examenul.)

 

Verbele care exprima starea nu sunt de obicei folosite cu prezentul continuu: seem (a parea)know ( a sti)feel (a simti)hear (a auzi)smell (a mirosi)taste ( a gusta)hate (a uri)hope ( a spera)mean (a insemna)prefer (a prefera)love (a iubi)like (a placea) etc.

 

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