past progressive

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the boy play table tennies.

tense asked Dec 13 '12 at 15:20 deba New member

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Hmm, the title of your query certainly doesn't match your sentence.  If you want to express that idea using the past progressive, and correcting all capitalization and spelling errors, it would be the following:

 

The boy was playing table tennis.

 

It means that he was playing tennis and the implication is that something else happened next to interrupt it, or something else was happening at the same time.  So this sentence alone does not complete the idea which the present progressive (also known as the present continuous) requires to be grammatically and contextually complete.  (If the entire context shows the relationship, the specific sentence does not need to show the time relationship between the various events.) Here are some example sentences which express complete thoughts using this verb tense:

 

The boy was playing tennis when the earthquake occurred.

When the murder occurred, the boy was playing tennis.

The girl was doing her homework while the boy was playing tennis.

It was a strange evening.  A lot was going on.  The boy was playing tennis when his girlfriend died in a car accident.

It was a strange evening.  A lot was going on.  The boy was playing tennis when his girlfriend was plotting his murder.

link comment answered Dec 13 '12 at 15:39 Shawn Mooney Expert

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