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Past Continuous Tense

In the Past Continuous tense, the action was ongoing till a certain time in the past. This tense is used to talk about an action at a particular time in the past.

POSITIVE STATEMENTS

SUBJECT

WAS / WERE

VERB + ing

REST OF THE SENTENCE

I

was

sleeping

at 11 p.m. last night.

You

were

sleeping

at 11 p.m. last night.

He

was

sleeping

at 11 p.m. last night.

Mohan

was

sleeping

at 11 p.m. last night.

The boy

was

sleeping

at 11 p.m. last night.

She

was

sleeping

at 11 p.m. last night.

Pooja

was

sleeping

at 11 p.m. last night.

The girl

was

sleeping

at 11 p.m. last night.

We

were

sleeping

at 11 p.m. last night.

You

were

sleeping

at 11 p.m. last night.

They

were

sleeping

at 11 p.m. last night.

The children

were

sleeping

at 11 p.m. last night.

For making positive statements in the past continuous tense, notice how we use

‘was’ for the subjects ‘I’, ‘He’ and ‘She’ and ‘were’ for the subjects ‘You’, ‘We’ and ‘They’

And the verb +ing all subjects.

NEGATIVE STATEMENTS

SUBJECT

WAS NOT/ WERE NOT

VERB + ing

REST OF THE SENTENCE

I

was not

listening

to music at 4 p.m. yesterday.

You

were not

listening

to music at 4 p.m. yesterday.

He

was not

listening

to music at 4 p.m. yesterday.

Mohan

was not

listening

to music at 4 p.m. yesterday.

The boy

was not

listening

to music at 4 p.m. yesterday.

She

was not

listening

to music at 4 p.m. yesterday.

Pooja

was not

listening

to music at 4 p.m. yesterday.

The girl

was not

listening

to music at 4 p.m. yesterday.

We

were not

listening

to music at 4 p.m. yesterday.

You

were not

listening

to music at 4 p.m. yesterday.

They

were not

listening

to music at 4 p.m. yesterday.

The men

were not

listening

to music at 4 p.m. yesterday.

For making negative statements in the past continuous tense, notice how we use

‘was not’ for the subjects ‘I’, ‘He’ and ‘She’ and ‘were not’ for the subjects ‘You’, ‘We’ and ‘They’

And the verb +ing all subjects.

INTERROGATIVE STATEMENTS / QUESTIONS

WAS / WERE

SUBJECT

VERB (in base form)

REST OF THE SENTENCE

Was

I

eating

breakfast at 7 a.m. yesterday?

Were

you

eating

breakfast at 7 a.m. yesterday?

Was

he

eating

breakfast at 7 a.m. yesterday?

Was

Mohan

eating

breakfast at 7 a.m. yesterday?

Was

the boy

eating

breakfast at 7 a.m. yesterday?

Was

she

eating

breakfast at 7 a.m. yesterday?

Was

Pooja

eating

breakfast at 7 a.m. yesterday?

Was

the girl

eating

breakfast at 7 a.m. yesterday?

Were

we

eating

breakfast at 7 a.m. yesterday?

Were

you

eating

breakfast at 7 a.m. yesterday?

Were

they

eating

breakfast at 7 a.m. yesterday?

Were

the men

eating

breakfast at 7 a.m. yesterday?

For asking questions in the past continuous tense, notice how we use

‘was ’ for the subjects ‘I’, ‘He’ and ‘She’ and ‘were ’ for the subjects ‘You’, ‘We’ and ‘They’

And the verb +ing all subjects.