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Was ist das Past Continuous (Progressive)?

Das Past Continuous (auch Past Progressive gennant) ist eine Zeitform in der englischen Sprache, die du verwendest über eine Handlung in der Vergangenheit zu sprechen, die zu einem bestimmten Zeitpunkt noch nicht abgeschlossen war.

Beispiele

was writing.
He was sleeping.
They were cooking.

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Aussagen (Statements) im Past Continuous

Alle Formen

I was reading 
you were reading 
he was reading 
she was reading
it was reading 
we were reading  
you were reading 
they were reading 

Fragen (Questions)

"Ja" oder "Nein" Fragen

Was I reading a book? 
Were you reading a book?
Was he reading a book?
Was she reading a book?
Was it reading a book?
Were we reading a book?
Were you reading a book?
Were they reading a book?

Wir sagen nicht:

Read he a book?
Read they a book?

 

Kurze Antworten mit "YES"

Yes, I was.
Yes, you were.
Yes, he was.
Yes, she was.
Yes, it was.
Yes, we were.
Yes, you were.
Yes, they were.

 

Kurze Antworten mit "NO" und Abkürzungen

No, I was not. No, I wasn't.
No, you were not. No, you weren't.
No, he was not. No, he wasn't.
No, she was not. No, she wasn't.
No, it was not. No, it wasn't.
No, we were not. No, we weren't.
No, you were not. No, you weren't.
No, they were not. No, they weren't.

 

W-Fragen (WH Questions)

Diese Fragen verwendest du, wenn du mehr Informationen brauchst. Sie beginnen mit den folgenden Wörtern:

Fragewörter

What - Was
Where - Wo
When - Wann
Who - Wer
Why - Warum

Beispiele

What was I reading?
What are you reading?
What was he reading?
What was she reading?
What was it reading?
What were we reading?
What were you reading?
What were they reading?

Verneinungen (Negative Forms)

Verneinungen im Past Continuous werden mit dem Wort "not" gebildet. Beim Sprechen verwendest du so-genannte Abkürzungen, es bedeutet "not" wird zu "n't".

Beispiele

I was not reading - I wasn't reading
you were not reading - you weren't reading
he was not reading - he wasn't reading
she was not reading - she wasn't reading
it was not reading - it wasn't reading
we were not reading - we weren't reading
you were not reading - you weren't reading
they were not reading - they weren't reading

Verwendung (Use)

Du verwendest das Past Continuous, um über Folgendes, zu sprechen:

Eine längere Handlung in der Vergangenheit zu sprechen, die zu einem bestimmten Sprachzeitpunkt ablief und nicht abgeschlossen war.

Yesterday at 8 pm in the evening I was doing my homework.
Two days ago at 6 pm, he was playing football with his friends.
Last month at this time my parents were flying to London.
She was wearing a red dress at the party.

 

Zwei längere  a n d a u e r n d e  Handlungen in der Vergangenheit, die mithilfe von "WHILE" verbunden sind.

I was reading a book WHILE my sister was watching TV.

 

Zwei Handlungen, eine längere und eine kurze Handlung. Die längere Handlung wird von einer kürzeren Handlung unterbrochen:

While I was watching TV (längere, nicht ageschlossene Handlung), my phone rang (kurze Handlung im Past Simple).

 

Du verwendest das Past Continuous, wenn du den Hintergrund für eine Erzählung beschreibst.

At eight o'clock yesterday, I was watching a film on TV. My mum was in the kitchen and she was making dinner, and my younger sister was doing her homework. Suddenly, we heard a loud noise ... 

 

Stative Verbs

Es gibt so genannte Stative Verbs (state=Zustand) -  Zustandsverben, die normalerweise keine Progressive Form haben. Diese Verben beschreiben oft Zustände, Gedankn, oder Gefühle, die einige Zeit andauern.

Wir sagen nicht:
I was liking it.
He was wanting.

Klicke hier mehr über die Stative Verbs zu erfahren.

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