When a progressive tense is used in the independent clause, the dependent clause typically uses the simple past tense.
Explanation: A progressive (also called continuous) tense indicates an ongoing action. If we have a past progressive verb in the independent clause, the typical use in a dependent clause is that of a simple past tense verb to indicate that an action began and finished while the action in the independent clause was in progress. Example: "I was taking a shower when the phone rang."
Past tense is used.It tells us that an action which was happening in the past was interrupted by another action in the past too.
simple past tense
simple present OR simple past -- Here are two examples.
Oprah is buying everyone in the audience a new car because she has a lot of money.
I was bringing in the groceries when I heard the phone ring.
The correct option is .
The group of words which contains a subject and a verb which makes sense is known as a clause. On the other hand, a phrase does not contain a subject and a verb and do not make a complete sentence. Clauses are of two types; the independent or the main clause and the dependent or subordinate clause.
An independent clause expresses the thought which is complete and makes sense. It does not require any support to convey meaning. When two or more independent clauses appear in the same sentence, they are joined by using the coordinating conjunctions.
A dependent clause is the part of the sentence which supports it. It does not have any meaningful existence individually. It depends completely on the main clause to be meaningful or to provide any sense. The dependent clauses are of three types the noun clause, the adjective clause, and the adverbial clause. They always require either an independent clause or relative pronouns to provide a complete meaning. The presence of the tenses in the clauses follows a sequence. The independent clause contains the progressive or the continuous tense and the dependant clause will comprise of simple past tense. The tenses used in the clauses should agree in terms of verb and tenses.
1. Which tense allows for an event that began in the past to carry into the present moment in time?
2. Which tense allows for the sequencing of two or more noncontinuous events that occur in the same time period?
Grade: High School
Subject: English Grammar
Clause, independent clause, subordinate clause, dependent clause, noun, adjective, adverbial, subject, verb, thought, sentence.