Past Continuous Tense
Past Continuous tense is used to show a continued or ongoing action in past, an ongoing action which occurred in past and completed at some point in past and finished. It shows an ongoing nature of an action in past. For example, “she was laughing.” This sentence shows ongoing action (laughing) of a person which occurred in past. Past continuous tense is also called past progressive.
Rules: Auxiliary verb “was and were” are used in sentences. 1st form of the verb + ing.
Structure of sentence
- Subject + was/were + (1st form of verb or base verb +ing) +object
If the subject is “he, she, It, I, singular or proper noun”, auxiliary verb “was” is used. If subject is “you, we, they or plural”, auxiliary verb “were” is used.
She was dancing on Sunday.
They were fighting with each other.
• Subject + was/were + not (Short contraction wasn't/weren't) + (1st form of the verb +ing) +object
She wasn't dancing on Sunday.
They weren't fighting with each other.
• Was/were + Subject + (1st form of the verb + ing) + object
The interrogative sentence starts with the auxiliary verb. If the subject is “he, she, It, I, singular or proper noun”, the sentence starts with auxiliary verb “was”. If subject is “you, we, they or plural”, the sentence starts with auxiliary verb “were”.
Was she dancing on Sunday?
Were they fighting with each other?
Negative Interrogative Sentences
Wasn't she dancing on Sunday?
Weren't they fighting with each other?
- The present simple tense
- The present progressive tense
- Present perfect tense
- Present perfect progressive tense