PAST CONTINUOUS TENSE

Past continuous tense is used to state an action that continued for some time in the past that means it had an ongoing nature in the past.

We/You/They/Plural Object

Were

I/He/She/It/Singular Object

Was

a) Affirmative/Positive Sentence

Subject +  Auxiliary Verb ( Was/Were ) + Main Verb Ist Form + ing + Object

Examples:

1. We were waiting for the bus.

2. They were eating their lunch.

3. He was going to the office.

4. The kids were playing on the ground.

5. She was walking in the park.

b) Negative Sentence

Subject +  Auxiliary Verb ( Was/Were ) + Not + Main Verb Ist Form + ing + Object

Examples:

1. The kids were not reading the book.

2. The bus was not waiting at the stop.

3. The driver was not driving carefully.

4. People were not standing in the queue.

5. He was not having tea.

c) Interrogative Sentence

Auxiliary Verb ( Was/Were ) + Subject + Main Verb Ist Form + ing + Object

Examples:

1. Were the students shouting in the class?

2. Was the train waiting at the station?

3. Was she going for her class?

4. Were the birds chirping in the forest?

5. Was the wind blowing fast?

Exercise

Fill in the blanks (past continuous tense):

1. When I phoned my friends, they____________________ (play) monopoly.

2. Yesterday at six I_____________________ (prepare) dinner.

3. The kids _____________________ (play) in the garden when it suddenly began to rain.

4. I ______________________ (practice) the guitar when he came home.

5. We ______________________ (not / cycle) all day.

6. While Alan_____________________ (work) in his room, his friends ________________________(swim) in the pool.

7. I tried to tell them the truth but they __________________ (not / listen).

8. What ____________________ (you / do) yesterday?

9. Most of the time we ___________________ (sit) in the park.

10. I _________________ (listen) to the radio while my sister ________________________ (watch) TV.

11. When I arrived, they __________________ (play) cards.

12. We _____________________ (study) English yesterday at 4:00 pm.