PAST CONTINUOUS TENSE DEFINITION, STRUCTURE, EXAMPLES, FORMS, FORMULAS

Past Continuous Tense Structure, Examples

Past continuous tense expresses continuing action that was happening at some point in the past. The past continuous is made from the past tense of the verb be and the –ing form of a verb.

Subject

Verb

Present participle

I

was

Present participle (-ing) form

He / she / it

was

Present participle (-ing) form

We / They

were

Present participle (-ing) form

Structure of Sentence

Sentences

Formula

Examples

Positive

Subject + was / were + Present participle (-ing) form

  • She was crying.
  • The children were sleeping.
  • Ali and his brother were fighting.
  • We were leaving.
  • He were going to a new school

Negative

Subject + was / were + not + Present participle (-ing) form

  • He was not meeting his friends yesterday.
  • I was not going at home after work.
  • They were not eating lunch.
  • We were not going in market.
  • She was not eating food.

Question

Was / were + Subject + Present participle (-ing) form + ?

  • Were you going?
  • Was he playing football yesterday?
  • Was she laughing?
  • Were we going in market.
  • Were they eating lunch.

Forms of Sentence

Positive / affirmative

Positive

was

you were

he was

she was

it was

we were

they were

Negative

Positive

Positive Short Form

was not

I wasnt

you were not

you weren’t

he was not

he wasn’t

she was not

she wasn’t

it was not

it wasn’t

we were not

we weren’t

they were not

they weren’t

Question / interrogative

Yes / No Questions

was I ?

were you ?

was he ?

was she ?

was it ?

were we ?

were they ?

Wh Questions

 

where

was I ?

what

were you ?

why

was he ?

who

was she ?

when

were we ?

how

were they ?

Examples

Positive Sentences

Positive of “work”

Positive of “study

Positive of “go

I was working

I was studying

I was going

You were working

You were studying

You were going

He was working

He was studying

He was going

She was working

She was studying

She was going

It was working

It was studying

It was going

We were working

We were studying

We were going

They were working

They were studying

They were going

Negative Sentences

Negative

Negative Short Form

was not working

I wasnt working

You were not working

You weren’t working

He was not working

He wasn’t working

She was not working

She wasn’t working

It was not working

It wasn’t working

We were not working

We weren’t working

They were not working

They weren’t working

Question Sentences

Yes / No questions

Was working ?

Were you working ?

Was he working ?

Was She working ?

Was it working ?

Were we working ?

Were they working ?

Wh Questions

Question

Sentence

where

Was I working ?

Where was I working

what

Were you working ?

What were you working

why

Was he working ?

Why was he working

who

Was she working ?

Who was she working

when

Were we working ?

When were we working

how

Were they working ?

How were they working

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