Secundaria. Tercer grado.


Lesson 20. Were you washing the windows?

Respuestas del libro

Check your progress
Answer the questions


What´s the function of the past simple tense?The simple past (also called past simplepast 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 tenseWe 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.

Answer the questions


a)What was Susana doing?she was planting a tree

b)What was Carlos doing?he was washing the windows

c)What was the teacher doing?he was cleaning the chairs

d)who was watering the flowers? Mariana was

e)Where were the students?they were cleaning

Look at the words in bold in the dialogue and complete the chart


Yes, he was

yes, she was

yes ,it was

yes,I was

No , he wasn´t

no,she wasn´t

no , it wasnt

no, i wasn´t

yes, they weren´t

yes, we weren´t

yes, you weren´t

no , they weren´t

no , we weren´t

no , you weren´t

Read the dialogue again and answer the questions


a)Was Susana cleaning the chairs?no ,she wasn´t

b)Was the teacher supervising the word?no ,he wasn´t

c)Were the students cleaning the school? yes , they were

d)Was Carlos washing the windows?yes , he was