Past Continuous Tense in English


Past Continuous Tense in English




Past Continuous Tense indicates an action which started in the past and continued in a certain time period. The point to be taken into consideration is that the action started in the past and the continuity of the action was also in the past, so it does not continue at this moment. 

The verb ‘to be ( am, is, are )’ has two forms in the past; was and were.

PresentPast
am, iswas
arewere

We use “was” for I, he she, it.

We use “were” for you,we,you,they.

POSITIVE FORM (+) : 

Subject + BE ( was / were ) + Verb-ING

NEGATIVE FORM (-) : 

Subject + BE ( was / were ) + NOT + Verb-ING

QUESTION FORM (?) : 

BE ( was / were ) + Subject + Verb-ING

NEGATIVE QUESTION FORM (?): 

BE ( was / were ) + NOT + Subject + Verb-ING

SHORT ANSWER FORMS ( + / – ) :

YES  + Subject + BE ( was / were ) 

NO + Subject + BE ( was / were ) + NOT




POSITIVE(+)NEGATIVE(-)POSITIVE QUESTION (?)NEGATIVE QUESTION (?)
He was stayingHe was not (wasn’t) stayingWas he staying?Wasn’t he staying?
She was stayingShe was not (wasn’t) stayingWas she staying?Wasn’t she staying?
It was stayingIt was not (wasn’t) stayingWas it staying?Wasn’t it staying?
I was stayingI was not (wasn’t) stayingWas I staying?Wasn’t I staying?
You were stayingYou were not (weren’t) stayingWere you staying?Weren’t you staying?
We were stayingWe were not (weren’t) stayingWere we staying?Weren’t we staying?
They were stayingThey were not (weren’t) stayingWere they staying?Weren’t they staying?