Past continuous tense
The past continuous tense is also sometimes called the past progressive.
Here is how to form the past continuous in English.
|Structure of past continuous|
|I / he / she was reading a book.
It was raining.
|I / he / she wasn’t reading a book.
It wasn’t raining.
|Was I / he / she reading a book?
Was it raining?
|You / we / they were reading a book.||You / we / they weren’t reading a book.||Were you / we / they reading a book?|
|Past continuous – common mistakes|
|Common mistakes||Correct version||Why?|
|I waiting for him almost two hours.||I was waiting for him almost two hours.||To form the past continuous we use was/were + verb (-ing).|
|What did he doing when you saw him?||What was he doing when you saw him?||To form the past continuous we use was/were + verb (-ing).|
|We were playing tennis every morning.||We played tennis every morning.||We mostly use the past simple tense (we played) for repeated actions in the past.|
|They watched TV when I came.||They were watching TV when I came.||We use the past continuous when we want to say what was happening (what was in progress) at a particular time in the past.|