Past Continuous Tense Examples

Definition: Past Continuous Tense also called the Past Progressive Tense. It express the unfinished or incomplete action in the past.

5 Types of Past Continuous Tense:

  1. Affirmative
  2. Negative
  3. Interrogative
  4. Negative Interrogative
  5. ‘Wh-word’ with Interrogative

Affirmative

Formula: Subject + was/were + V1(ing) + object

Examples:

  1. Rakesh was going to college.
  2. Radhika was eating mango.
  3. They were writing an application.
  4. They were playing cricket.
  5. She was drinking coffee.

Negative

Formula: Subject + was/were + not + V1(ing) + object

Examples:

  1. Rakesh was not  going to college.
  2. Radhika was not eating mango.
  3. They were not writing an application.
  4. They were not playing cricket.
  5. She was not drinking coffee.

Interrogative

Formula: Was/Were + subject + V1(ing) + object?

Examples:

  1. Was Rakesh going to college?
  2. Was Radhika eating mango?
  3. Were they writing an application?
  4. Were they playing cricket?
  5. Was she was drinking coffee?

Negative Interrogative

Formula: Was/Were + subject + not + V1(ing) + object?

Examples:

  1. Was Rakesh not going to college?
  2. Was Radhika not eating mango?
  3. Were they not writing an application?
  4. Were they not playing cricket?
  5. Was she not drinking coffee?

‘Wh-word’ with Interrogative

Formula: Wh-word + was/were + subject + not + V1(ing) + object?

Examples:

  1. Where was Rakesh going?
  2. What was Radhika eating?
  3. What was they writing?
  4. What were they playing?
  5. What was she drinking?

Uses of Past Continuous Tense:

1. This tense is used to express work that was continued in the past for a time period.

Example:

  • She was looking at the moon.

2. To express the work which was continued in the past mean while the other work happens. This other work is expressed in the past indefinite tense & in which cause the work was continued, Past Continued is used.

Example:

  • Sweta was eating the food when I was went in.
  • When the battle is begin I was in UK.

3 To express two or more than two work, continued in the past, often connected  from “while”.

Example:

  • Shivani was cutting the fruits when I was studying.
  • Kavita was writing a letter while her sister was dancing.

Adverbials: at the time, at that moment, those days, then.

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