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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Past Continuous Tense

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.

What is Past Continuous Tense?


PAST CONTINUOUS

USE: We use PAST CONTINUOUS to talk about something which is in progress in the past time. The action or situation had started but it had not finished at that time.
Example:
- I saw you were waiting for the train this morning.
- Last week this time, I was driving a car.
- Yesterday evening, they were playing tennis.
FORMULA
Positive Sentence:
Subject + was/were + verb-ing + object/complement
Example:
- I was reading my lesson at 9 o’clock last night.
- They were doing exercise this morning.
- Sophy was writing a letter to her friend at 10 a.m.
Negative Sentence:
Sub + was/were + not + verb-ing + obj/comp
Example:
- Yesterday morning, I was not cleaning my clothes.
- Last night this time, Dany was not sleeping.
- You were not doing your homework at 8 o’clock last night.
Question:
Was/Were + sub + verb-ing + obj/comp ?
Example:
- Where were you going yesterday morning?
- Were you watching TV this evening?

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