Oraciones en pasado continuo en inglés

by Candy94: VOCATIC MEDIA on October 16, 2011





Oraciones en el pasado continuo en inglés

Se usa el ‘Past continuous’ para hablar de acciones pasadas, pero en un momento concreto. Mira estas oraciones…

I was walking down the street the other day when I saw Alicia Keys. (this is a sentence in past continious)

Yo estaba trabajando en Vodafone
I was working at Vodafone

Yo trabajaba en Vodafone
I was working at Vodafone

Yo estaba caminando por la playa
I was walking down the beach

Ella estaba mirando por la ventana
She was looking out of the window

Yo estaba pensando en ti
I was thinking about you

Obama estaba hablando
Obama was talking

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Muchas veces se usa el pasado continuo para describir una acción que sucedía al mismo tiempo que otra…

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Yo estaba hablando por teléfono cuando la bomba explotó…
…I was talking by telephone when the bomb exploded.

Relación con los demás tiempos verbales

El ‘Past continuous’ es igual que el ‘Present continuous’, pero con el verbo ‘to be’ en pasado.

They are thinking.  They were thinking.

Cuidado amigo…Problemas

Ten presente que al ‘Past continuous’ del inglés le corresponden dos formas distintas en español:

1 La perífrasis verbal estar + verbo en gerundio: Yo estaba trabajando  – I was working.
2. El pretérito imperfecto: yo trabajaba.

verbos conjugados en past continuous

AFFIRMATIVE NEGATIVE INTERROGATIVE
I was playing I wasn’t playing Was I playing?
You were playing You weren’t playing Were you playing?
He was playing He wasn’t playing Was he playing?
She was playing She wasn’t playing Was she playing?
It was playing It wasn’t playing Was it playing?
We were playing We weren’t playing Were we playing?
They were playing They weren’t playing Were they playing?

Basta de teoría, profe…dame contexto

Para los alumnos que quieren ver la gramática en contexto tenemos una conversación de nuestro libro ‘Sexy Grammar.’ En este dialogo Jack y sofia están discutiendo por algo que ocurrió cuando estaban ayudando a una amiga mudarse. Sofia acusa a Jack de flirtear con ella. Jack protesta su inocencia. Hay varios ejemplos del pasado continuo… ¿cuantos puedes ver?

Sofia: What? The argument about you flirting with Angela all afternoon yesterday?
Jack: We weren’t flirting. We were talking and… having a laugh.
Sofia: You were flirting. You and the…dark, Persian kitty cat.
Jack: Oh God, I wish I’d never said that. We weren’t flirting, ok?
Sofia: Oh really? Well you were smiling like some little schoolboy; and the worst thing for me is that she was enjoying it.
Jack: No I wasn’t. And no she wasn’t. But I’ll tell you what…as you said we weren’t going to talk about it in public…and now you’ve changed that…let’s tell everyone the facts so they can decide.
Sofia: Okay.
Jack: Right… you first.
20 Sofia: Okay. It’s very simple. We were round Angela’s house yesterday and you were flirting with her all afternoon. What more do you want? There are no other facts!

Oraciones  en pasado continuo

  1. You were making a cake.
  2. The girls were having martinis.
  3. They weren’t calling me.
  4. The piggy wasn’t  flying it was crying.
  5. The phone wasn’t ringing.
  6. The piggy wasn’t singing.
  7. You weren’t carrying the bags.
  8. I was opening the shop everyday.
  9. I wasn’t brushing my hair.
  10. I wasn’t washing.
  1. Estabas haciendo una tarta.
  2. Las chicas estaban tomando un Martini.
  3. No me estaban llamando.
  4. El cerdito no estaba volando, estaba llorando.
  5. El teléfono no estaba sonando.
  6. El cerdito no estaba cantando.
  7. No llevabas las maletas.
  8. Abría la tienda todos los días.
  9. Yo no estaba cepillándome.
  10. Yo no estaba lavándome.

Música ya

Nuestro ejemplo de la música es de Kid Rock. Esta hablando de su juventud. “We were trying different things we were smoking funny things.” (Estabamos intentando cosas diferentes y fumando cosas raras.) No sé si me gusta mucho la musica de Kid Rock pero como todo la canción se trata del pasado y el verano esta llena de frases en el past cont.

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