Past continuous:

The past continuous is formed from the past tense of be (was/were) with the -ing form of the verb.

We use the past continuous to talk about the past

  • A continuous action in the past which is interrupted by another action or a time.

 

I was reading when the cellphone rang.

We were playing when she fell asleep.

At ten o’clock, I was sleeping.

 

  • For two actions which happened at the same time in the past

 

I was reading while he was watching TV.

They were playing and we were singing.

She was painting while I listening to music.

 

  • For something that was happening again and again

 

They were always screaming.

I was working every weekend, five hours for day.

He was always leaving the tap running.

 

  • To give atmosphere to what we are describing

 

When I walked into the classroom, a group of people were talking

It was a beautiful day. The sun was shining, the birds were singing

When I started my essay, my sisters were discussing

 

 

Sentence Structure

 

  • Affirmative.

 

Subject + (Was/Were) + verb in Ing + ob/c

 

She was eating when I called her.

We were writing.

 

  • Negative.

 

Subject+ (wasn’t/ was not – Weren’t/were not) + verb in Ing + ob/c

 

He was not studying.

You were not playing guitar.

 

  • Questions.

 

Was/were + subject +verb in Ing +c/ob ?

 

Was she reading?

Were you cooking a cake?

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