' Simple and continuous past'
The past continuous expresses the duration of a past action and does not indicate whether it is finished , while the simple past refers to a specific action that began and ended in the past.
I worked last Saturday .
I worked last Saturday.
It was snowing yesterday at half past four .
It was snowing at four -thirty yesterday ( was not finished ) .
Differences past simple and continuous
1 describes simple past and past actions finished continuous action does not specify whether completed or not, but emphasizes that they were developing .
I Travelled around the world .
He traveled all over the world .
I was traveling around the world .
I was traveling all over the world .
2 For simultaneous actions :
If the shares are consecutive verbs in simple past go .
As I saw her I left the room .
When I left the room I saw .
When there is a continuous one simple past and the latter emphasizes the duration of action .
As I was watching tv the telephone rang .
When I was watching TV the phone rang.
If the two actions take place during the same time period use the past continuous in both.
As I was having dinner , she was watching tv .
When I was having dinner she was watching tv .
3 To talk about habitual actions usually use the past simple.
She visited her parents every day .
But we can use the past continuous to emphasize that the action took place temporarily.
When I was ill I was visiting me twice a day .
When I was sick I visited twice daily (it is also possible to use the simple past in both) .
Four stories or stories in the past continuous is used to describe an action or mood .
I was walking quickly. I was not wearing her glasses . Suddenly I fall ...
I was walking fast. He was not wearing his glasses. Suddenly he fell ...
The Prime Minister died while I was sitting at his desk .
The Prime Minister died while sitting at your table.
5 Using state verbs in past, provided they have no special meaning as in the differences between present simple and continuous.
I loved him .
I loved ( past state verb ) .
I was tasting his cake .
He was testing his cake ( voluntary action verb ) .
She was being silly .
I was being silly (verb temporary status )