Past Continuous/Progressive Tense
We use the Past Continuous Tense to say that something was going on around a particular time in the past.
Also See: Past Progressive ExercisePDF Exercises: Past Continuous 1
Forming present continuous
subject + am/is/are + V –ing.
I am studying.
Tom is working.
The children are playing.
Forming past continuous tense
subject + was/were +V -ing.
I was studying.
Tom was working.
The children were playing.
/ Past Continuous 2
|AFFIRMATIVE STATEMENTS||NEGATIVE STATEMENTS|
|Subject||Past Tense of Be||Base Form of Verb +Ing||Subject||Past Tense of Be + Not||Base Form of Verb +Ing|
Yes / No Questions
|Past Tense of Be||Subject||Base For of Verb + Ing||Short Answers|
I was studying chemistry last night.
In 1992 we were living in Cuba.
Today she’s wearing a blue dress, but yesterday she was wearing a black one.
Jimmy wasn’t working very hard.
The players were not playing well.
When the phone rang I was cleaning the windows.
I fell asleep while I was reading a book.
He was driving fast when the accident happened.
Were you watching television when I called you?
No, I wasn’t. I was listening to music.
Was it raining when you left the house?
No, it wasn’t. It was sleeting when I left the house.
Punctuation and Order
We can change the order of the two parts of a sentence containing a continuous action (main clause).
When we begin with the main clause, we do not use a comma (,) between the two parts. When we begin with the time clause, we add a comma (,) between the two parts.
I was walking along the beach when it started to rain.
When it started to rain, I was walking along the beach.
Jonathan arrived while I was sleeping.
While I was sleeping, Jonathan arrived.
My father arrived as my mother was cooking.
As my mother was cooking, my father arrived.
It started to rain just as we were coming out of the building.
As we were coming out of the building, it started to rain.
TIME EXPRESSIONS COMMONLY USED WITH THE PAST CONT:
we were playing, it started to rain.
we were playing, it started to snow.
This time yesterday
we were playing basketball.
All last night
they were traveling through Anatolia.
We were having dinner between
eight yesterday evening
It was raining at noon yesterday
I was not visiting the museum at ten yesterday
. I was visiting the castle then
While/as can be used with Simple Past tense.
As/while he shaved he thought about the coming interview.
See past continuous exercise