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PAST CONTINUES TENSE

USAGE:

 

We use “Past Continues Tense” for the events that began in the past and continues for a particular time in the past

 

*John was mending his car. (John was mending his car “for a particular time” in the past)

FORM STRUCTURE

POSITIVE

-I was reading a newspaper.

-He was writing his thesis.

-She was looking outside.

-It was sitting down.

-They were talking each other.

-We were sitting altogether.

-You were looking at me.

#For the singular subjects–I, He, She, It  we use “was” // for the plural subjects —We, You, They we use “were” after the subject. We add –ing to the verbs–reading, writing, looking, sitting, talking etc.

NEGATIVES

To make a negative “we simply add –not– after was-were

-I was not playing guitar.

-She was not studying lesson

-We were not listening to music

-They were not shooting at that time.

Short forms- wasn’t – weren’t

John wasn’t driving his car.

They weren’t watching TV.

QUESTION FORMS

He was writing his thesis yesterday evening.

X

Was he writing his thesis yesterday evening?

They were driving to London.

X

Were they driving to London?

#To make a question sentences we simply replace “was-were” with the “subject” as in the above examples.

We can add any question word at the beginning of a question sentences

-Were you looking outside for your brother yesterday evening ?

–Yes, I was looking outside for my brother.

-What were you looking for?

–I was looking for my brother.

-Where were you looking?

–I was looking outside.

-When were you looking outside for your brother?

–I was looking outside for my brother yesterday evening.

 

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