|Positive or Affirmative Sentences||Sub + was/ were + V1 + ing|
|Negative Sentences||Sub + was/ were + not + V1+ ing|
|Interrogative Sentences||Was/ Were + sub + V1 + ing + ?|
|Interrogative-negative Sentences||Was/ Were + sub + not + V1 + ing + ?|
Let’s understand them with examples:
|Positive or Affirmative||Negative||Interrogative||Interrogative-negative|
|I was playing.||I was not playing.||Was I playing?||Was I not playing?|
|You were playing.||You were not playing.||Were you playing?||Were you not playing?|
|We were playing.||We were not playing.||Were we playing?||Were we not playing?|
|He/ She/ It was playing.||He/ She/ It was not playing.||Was he/ she/ it playing?||Was he/ she/ it not playing?|
|They were playing.||They were not playing.||Were they playing?||Were they not playing?|
Short form of was not = wasn’t
Short form of were not = weren’t
The Past Continuous Tense is used
1. to express an action that was continuing at some time in the past; e.g.,
(i) It was raining heavily when we entered the house.
(ii) Children were shouting loudly during the recess.
(iii) Tom was painting the door.
(iv) They were reading a story when I saw them.
2. with the words always, continually etc; e.g.,
(i) Neha was continually making complaints against other girls.
(ii) He was always making fun of others.
|1. What is the past continuous tense?|
|2. How is the past continuous tense formed?|
|3. When do we use the past continuous tense?|
|4. Can the past continuous tense be used for future actions?|
|5. What are some signal words or phrases that indicate the use of the past continuous tense?|