Past( continuous/progressive


The past continuous, also called the past progressive, is used to describe an action that was happening at a particular moment in the past time, i.e., it started before that moment and continued after it. It is also used with two simultaneous actions. That is, two actions that were taking place at the same time in the past. To form the past continuous, we use was or were followed by “verb-ing“.

To get more details about this tense, study the table below.

Basic notes about past continuous

FORMFormation rule: sunject+was/were+verb-ing
Affirmative/Positive: I/He/She/It was doing/working We/You/They were doing/working
Negative: I/He/She/It was not (wasn’t) doing/working We/You/They were not (weren’t) doing/working
Interrogative: Was I/he/she/it doing/working Were we/you/they doing/working?
USE/FUNCTION1. Continuous/Long action that took place at a point of time in the past
2. Two actions that were taking place at the same time in the past  
EXAMPLES1. When the guests arrived, I was having dinner.
2. Jill was watching a movie while his sister, Clara, was surfing the net.
-time expressions (yesterday‚last Friday …etc)+hour (5:00‚7:30‚12:15…etc)


Put the verbs between brackets in the past continuous (affirmative, negative, and interrogative)

  1. you (play) cards.
  2. Alice ( walk ) around the lake.
  3. Caron (listen ) to the radio.
  4. we (read) a book about Australia.
  5. Linda (look for) her ring.
  6. Fiona and Sam ( visit) the castle.
  7. Ben (wash) the car.
  8. Kim and I (wait) in the park.
  9. My sister (feed) the birds.
  10. Greg and Phil (count) their money.
  11. Sarah and Luke ( work).
  12. Mister Miller (teach) chemistry.
  13. Barry (drives) a lorry.
  14. Mandy (have) lunch.
  15. Albert (plays) tennis.
  16. Taylor and Bob (cycle) home.
  17. Annie (clean) the table.
  18. Benjamin (write) an e-mail.
  19. Jane (exercise) in the gym.
  20. Robert (buy) flowers.

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