The past progressive tense
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The past progressive tenseJust like the present tense, the past tense also exists in a progressive form to express actions which are incomplete at a given moment:
At that time Bruno and Horatio were working in the garage.
When I first met Susie, she was wearing a very short skirt.
Used with 'always' and 'constantly', to express irritation or negative emotions about a repeated past event:
Stink was always barking. Stink used to bark all the time then.
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