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Past continuous tense and "used to"

The past continuous is one of the tenses used to tell stories as it describes multiple actions and events happening at the same time in the past. And “used to” is interesting because it is used to compare the past and present.

1 Past continuous Q and A

This is a  question and answer worksheet to help students understand how to use the past continuous tense. The pictures are story pictures with two actions happening at the same time. Students can use their imaginations to answer the questions while hopefully using the correct grammar.

 

Past continuous question and answer practice

Past continuous Q and A (PDF)

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2 Past continuous complete-the-sentence activity

This is a past continuous complete-the-sentence or sentence starter exercise to help students practice communicating about past events with their own ideas.

Past continuous complete the sentence exercise.

Past continuous sentence starters (PDF)

3 “Used to” Q and A

The past tense form “used to” is quite interesting as it it  is used to compare the past and present. Consequently, it can form the basis of of pretty interesting speaking activities and discussions.

Question and answer activity using "used to" to compare the present and past.

“Used to” Q and A (PDF)

 4 “Used to” speaking activity

I had to teach “used to” for the first time in ages and I remembered a cool speaking activity I got from a series of photocopiable books of communicative activities we used in the 1990’s. Astonishingly, I still have this set of books right next to my computer. I found the activity and adapted it into the speaking activity below. And it worked just as well as I remembered it. There is some kind of chemistry about talking about the past and present which is really engaging and fun. Uncorrected student’s answers are attached as an example.

"Used to" speaking activity for ESL classes.

“Used to” speaking activity (PDF)

 5  Past  tense and “used to”

I had to teach “used to” for the first time in ages and I remembered a cool speaking activity I got from a series of photocopiable books of communicative activities we used in the 1990’s. Astonishingly, I still have this set of books right next to my computer. I found the activity and adapted it into the speaking activity below. And it worked just as well as I remembered it. There is some kind of chemistry about talking about the past and present which is really engaging and fun. Uncorrected student’s answers are attached as an example.

Used to writing exercise

Past tense and “used to” (PDF)

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