Past Continuous Tense in Urdu

Past Continuous Tense in Urdu

The Past Continuous tense in Urdu is used to describe an ongoing or continuous action that was happening in the past. It emphasizes that the action was in progress at a specific time in the past or was interrupted by another event.

The structure of the Past Continuous tense in Urdu involves using the auxiliary verb “رہا تھا” (raha tha) for masculine subjects, “رہی تھی” (rahi thi) for feminine subjects, “رہے تھے” (rahe thay) for plural subjects, followed by the present participle form (-تا ہوا / تی ہوئی / تے ہوئے) of the main verb.

Examples of the Past Continuous tense in Urdu:

  1. میں کھانا کھا رہا تھا۔ (Main khana kha raha tha.) I was eating the food.

  2. وہ کتاب پڑھ رہی تھی۔ (Woh kitab parh rahi thi.) She was reading the book.

  3. ہم لوگ سفارش کر رہے تھے۔ (Hum log sifarish kar rahe thay.) We were placing the order.

  4. تم مجھ سے بات کر رہے تھے۔ (Tum mujh se baat kar rahe thay.) You were talking to me.


  1. Describing ongoing actions in the past: Example: وہ کتاب پڑھ رہی تھی۔ (Woh kitab parh rahi thi.) – She was reading the book.

  2. Describing interrupted actions in the past: Example: میں کھانا کھا رہا تھا کہ تونے بلایا۔ (Main khana kha raha tha ke tumne bulaya.) – I was eating when you called.

  3. Providing background information: Example: تم لباس دھو رہے تھے جب میں آیا۔ (Tum libas dho rahe thay jab main aaya.) – You were washing clothes when I came.

  4. Expressing simultaneous actions in the past: Example: وہ مجھ سے بات کر رہا تھا اور میں کھانا بنا رہی تھی۔ (Woh mujh se baat kar raha tha aur main khana bana rahi thi.) – He was talking to me while I was cooking.

  5. Conveying the atmosphere or setting in the past: Example: رات بہت بارش ہو رہی تھی۔ (Raat bohat barish ho rahi thi.) – It was raining heavily at night.

Past Continuous Tense Examples in Urdu

1 It was snowing yesterday. کل برف پڑ رہی تھی۔
2. What was she doing this time yesterday? وہ کل اس وقت کیا کر رہی تھی؟
3. They were playing basketball after school. وہ اسکول کے بعد باسکٹ بال کھیل رہے تھے۔
4. He was reading books. وہ کتابیں پڑھ رہا تھا۔
5. While he was studying, his friends were playing. جب وہ پڑھ رہا تھا تو اس کے دوست کھیل رہے تھے۔
6. They were drinking coffee when I arrived. جب میں پہنچا تو وہ کافی پی رہے تھے۔
7. I was working at 10pm last night. میں کل رات 10 بجے کام کر رہا تھا۔
8. We were shouting when the teacher came in. ہم چیخ رہے تھے کہ استاد اندر آئے۔
9. While they were playing football, it started to rain. جب وہ فٹ بال کھیل رہے تھے تو بارش شروع ہو گئی۔
10. The rain was raining tonight. آج رات بارش ہو رہی تھی۔
11. He was drinking coffee in that coffee shop. وہ اس کافی شاپ میں کافی پی رہا تھا۔
12. He was watching football match on TV when you called. جب آپ نے فون کیا تو وہ ٹی وی پر فٹ بال میچ دیکھ رہا تھا۔
13. We were not playing football at 11am this morning. ہم آج صبح 11 بجے فٹ بال نہیں کھیل رہے تھے۔
14. What were they doing at 11pm last night? کل رات گیارہ بجے کیا کر رہے تھے؟
15. Ali was practicing the guitar after classes. علی کلاسز کے بعد گٹار کی مشق کر رہا تھا۔
16. We were celebrating a festival. ہم ایک تہوار منا رہے تھے۔
17. They were shopping in this market last week. وہ پچھلے ہفتے اس بازار میں خریداری کر رہے تھے۔
18. The eartquahe was scaring all of us. زلزلہ ہم سب کو ڈرا رہا تھا۔
19. We were playing hockey on that field last week. ہم پچھلے ہفتے اس میدان پر ہاکی کھیل رہے تھے۔
20. The police was chasing the him while you were talking. جب آپ بات کر رہے تھے تو پولیس اس کا پیچھا کر رہی تھی۔


The Past Continuous tense helps convey an ongoing action or situation in the past and can also be used to describe simultaneous actions or events. It sets the background or context for other actions or events that occurred in the past.

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