We use Past Simple Tense to describe something which started and finished in the past:
- Bachir played soccer last Wednesday.
- Bachir hurt his leg last Wednesday.
- Bachir stayed at home on Thursday and Friday.
- I taught Past Continuous Tense to my students on Thursday and Friday.
Here is a cartoon video which will help you understand Past Simple:
We use Past Continuous Tense (also known as Past Progressive Tense) to describe something that was happening (in progress) at the same time as something else:
- Bachir hurt his leg when he was playing soccer.
- While Bachir was resting at home, I was teaching Past Continuous Tense at school.
- While I was watching television last night, the phone rang.
We also use Past Continuous Tense to describe something in progress at a particular time in the past:
- At 9:00am Thursday, Ricardo was telling me about Bachir’s accident.
- At 1:00pm today, I was eating my lunch.
- This time last week, I was teaching Prepositions.
Here is a cartoon video which will help you understand Past Continuous: