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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)



-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.


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.


He was writing his thesis yesterday evening.


Was he writing his thesis yesterday evening?

They were driving to London.


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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