Stephen decides he’s going to fix up an old banger and gets Ashlie to help him. There’s just one small problem ...

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Intermediate: B1


Hello krig,

Continuous forms are used in similar ways whether with past, present or future time reference. Just as we would say 'I've been thinking...' meaning 'I've been considering' and 'I'm thinking...' meaning 'I'm considering...', so in the past we say 'I was thinking...'.

Compare these two sentences:

I thought about it.

I was thinking about it.

The first (simple past) suggests that the process of thinking was completed: I started to think about it and I finished thinking about it.

The second (past continuous) suggests a process which is not necessarily complete - the person has not come to a definitive conclusion, and may think some more about it.

I hope that helps to clarify it for you.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you, Peter M!
You really helped me.

Hi! What kind of activities should I do if I have just got the b2? Some recommendations please!!!

Hi rosita99,

The quickest way to find exercises of a particular level is to use the search facility. Click the magnifying glass icon at the top of the page and search for 'B2'. You'll see many links to material at that level.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Good job

This scene was also so greatful. Thanks.

hello everybody
I have a problem in listening I can understand most of words but the speaker speak quickly so I can‘t understand what‘s he mean.
so help me what can I do?

Hello Ghada A Talha,

It can be difficult to understand people when they are speaking quickly, can't it? One thing which you can do is to use the transcript so you can listen and read at the same time; later, when your listening skills have improved, you can listen without the transcript.

There are some other things that you can do to improve your listening, too. Please take a look at our Help page, where we have put many tips and suggestions on this and other topics.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

thank‘s a lot for your advice

My question is not connected with the video, but I hope sb can help me. Which tense should I use in the sentence "At the time of the takeover the company’s shares (decline) in value for
several months " ?
Thank you in advance!