1) Факт или одиночное законченное действие в прошлом
Titanic sank in 1912. I went to Germany two years ago.
2) Несколько прошедших действий, происходивших в хронологическом порядке.
I woke up, took a shower, got dressed and went out to have breakfast in a café.
3) Повторяющееся действие в прошлом
I took English courses when I was twelve.
1) Длительное действие, которое происходило в определенный момент в
We were playing chess at 5 o’clock.
2) Два или более длительных действий в прошлом, происходивших одновременно
She was playing piano and her sister was singing.
3) Длительное действие в прошлом, которое прерывается другим (как правило, коротким) действием.
As he was taking a shower, somebody knocked at his door.
4) При описании обстановки или атмосферы \
He entered the room.
The candles were burning in the corners and the smell of cigarettes was filling the room.
5) Для выражения отрицательной характеристики
The boy was constantly playing tricks on his poor mother.
yesterday (вчера), three weeks ago (три недели назад), the
other day (на днях), a long time ago (давно), last year(в прошлом году), in 1990 (в 1990 году), on Friday (в пятницу), often (часто), sometimes (иногда), always (всегда).
in the morning (утром), yesterday morning (вчера утром), all day (весь день), this evening(сегодня вечером), this time last year (в это время в прошлом году), during some time (в течение какого-то времени)
I (to play) computer games yesterday.
play) computer games at five o'clock yesterday.
He (to play) computer games from two till three o’clock yesterday.
We (to play) computer games the whole evening yesterday.
What Nick (to do) when you came to his place?
What you (to do) when I rang you up?
I (not to sleep) at nine o'clock yesterday.
What he (to do) yesterday? - He (to read) a book.
What he (to do) the whole evening yesterday? - He (to read) a book.
She (to sleep) when you came home?
My brother (not to play) tennis yesterday. He (to play) tennis the day before yesterday.
My sister (not to play) the piano at four o'clock yesterday. She (to play) the piano the whole evening.
When I came into the kitchen, my mother (to cook).
She (to cook) the whole day yesterday.
We (to wash) the floor in our flat yesterday.
We (to wash) the floor in our flat from three till four yesterday.
You (to do) your homework yesterday?
You (to do) your homework from eight till ten yesterday?
Why she (to sleep) at seven o'clock yesterday?
He (to sit) at the table the whole evening yesterday.