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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

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It seems Ashlie unlike Stephen is quite well-off girl. She drove Mitsubishi SUV in Snowden, Mini in Oxford, VW in Education and Chevrolet in Farming!

Hello LearnEnglish Team!
I read in English textbook that Past continuous tense is used in three cases:
1. When one action occured in the middle of other action.
2. When two actions occured at the same time.
3. When action occured at specific time in the past.
So, I can't understand what of these cases Stephen's phrase "I was thinking" is related to? Could you explain it?

Can we say "i was thinking", "i am thinking" or "i am considering" in English? I believe that the verb "think" and "consider" are not used in continuous tense. Am i right? Or there is an exception that i do not know?

Hello tamori,

It's true that the present continuous tends not to be used with stative verbs, but you can use verbs like 'think' and 'consider' in a continuous tense when you want to talk about your thought process or emphasise a change in thought or consideration. When Stephen says 'I was thinking', he's indicating that he's had a new idea and wants to share it with Ashlie.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

 

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,

Peter

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,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Good job

This scene was also so greatful. Thanks.

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