Simple Past or Past Progressive?

Simple Past - Past Progressive

Simple Past

I painted a picture yesterday.

  • sagen, wann etwas geschehen ist
  • um über Vergangenes zu berichten oder eine Geschichte zu erzählen

I
You
He, she, it
We
You
They
worked

Past Progressive

I was cleaning my car when it began to rain.

 

  • wenn eine Handlung zu einem bestimmten Zeitpunkt in der Vergangenheit im Gange war
    (d.h.davor begonnen hatte und evtl. danach noch andauerte)

I
You
He, she, it
We
You
They
was
were
was
were
were
were
working