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What´s the function of the past simple tense?The simple past (also called past simple, past indefinite or preterite) is a verbtense which is used to show that a completed action took place at a specific time in the past. The simple past is also frequently used to talk about past habits and generalizations.
What´s the function of the past continuous?
Past continuous is used with past simple. Past continuous refers to a longer or background action that was in progress; past simple refers to a shorter action that interrupted the longer action, or happened in the middle of it.
What happen when we use both structures in a same sentence? We often use the Past Continuous tense with thePast Simple tense. We use the Past Continuous to express a long action. And we use the Past Simple to express a short action that happens in the middle of the long action. We can join the two ideas with when or while.