These two grammar tenses are usually misused by my students. Since for my students English is the second language they are studying, most find it hard to get general idea of the text. We study tenses separately and then we come across a line in the dialogue with both of them. And they are overwhelmed:

These two tenses usually have only several situations where they can meet within one sentence.

  1. The action, which was going on at some time in the past, was interrupted by another action.
  2. As Past Continuous shows the action in progress at specific time in the past, the key is to understand how this specific moment is indicated.

Examples for rule #1:

Examples for rule #2:

I find this strategy very useful.

The main advice — illustrate a lot.

Use all the media you can find. I have my favorite list of resources I love to use: Prezi and YouTube.

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