The Past Progressive Tense

The Past Progressive Tense

The Past Progressive Tense

Otherwise known as “Past continuous tense”

 

When do we use the tense?

(1) A continuous action in the past.
“I was taking a shower.”
(2) Information about a story:
“The sun was shining, and the birds were singing.”
(3) Two actions happening at the same time.
“I was drinking beer and was watching TV.”

 

Affirmative

Pattern:

Subject + Was/Were + Verb+ing

 

Example:

“I was eating.”
“They were working.”
“It was snowing.”

 

Negative

 

Pattern:

Subject + Was/Were + Not + Verb+ing

 

Example:

“I was not eating.”
“They were not working.”
“It was not snowing.”

 

*Contraction:

Was not = Wasn’t

Were not = Weren’t

 

Interrogative/Question ( Affirmative )

 

Pattern:

Was/Were + Subject + Verb+ing

 

Example:

Was I eating?”
Were you eating?”
Was it snowing?”

 

Interrogative/Question ( Negative )

 

Pattern:

Was/Were + not + Subject + Verb+ing

 

Example:

Wasn’t I eating?”
Weren’t you eating?”
Wasn’t it snowing?”

 

 

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