This lesson contrasts the Past simple with the Past continuous through very clear examples and controlled exercises. It specifically revises sentences with two clauses, one using the Past simple and one using the Past continuous. To link these it presents the conjunctions when followed by the Past simple (to talk about a short action) and while followed by the Past continuous (to talk about a long action).
• The spelling rules relating to the formation of the Past continuous will probably be familiar to your students, but you may wish to revise them nevertheless. They are as follows. In most cases we simply add -ing to the infinitive of the verb to form the Past continuous. However, there are three exceptions to this rule:
• Infinitive ends with consonant + stressed vowel + consonant: double the consonant, e.g. stop , run and begin which become stopping , running and beginning .
• Infinitive ends with vowel + consonant + - e : omit the -e , e.g. write , have and come which become writing , having and coming .
• Infinitive ends with -ie : -ie changes to -y , e.g. lie and die which become lying and dying .
• Students are also introduced to a group of stative verbs ( know, understand, like, love, want, have, hear ), which are rarely found in the continuous form. This is the first time students have seen these in Next Move so be prepared to help students with the possible complications posed by these forms.
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