We use it

This tense is used to describe an action which was in progress in the past.

It is very common to find this tense followed by an action in "Simple Past" to express that, while the action was in progress (Past Continuous) another thing happened (Past Simple).

Subject + Was / Were + Verb -Ing + the rest of the sentence.

To formulate affirmative sentences in this tense, we use the Past of the verb "To Be" (Was or Were).

If the subject of the sentence is

He - She - It

We use "Was".

If the subject of the sentence is

You - We - They

We use "Were".

After the Simple Past form of the verb "To Be", it is written the main verb ending in -Ing to identify that the action was in progress.

Examples

Kevin was having a shower when the phone rang.

The teacher was writing on the board.

They were playing football when it started raining.

I was driving home when I saw an "Ufo".

Subject + Wasn't / Weren't + Verb -Ing + the rest of the sentence.

In the Negative sentences, add "Not" to the verb "To Be".

Was Not (Wasn't)

or

Were Not (Weren't).

We always write the main verb of the sentence with -Ing at the end of it.

Examples

My brother wasn't studying when I came home.

We weren't talking, Miss Taylor.

I wasn't running when he saw me.

Was / Were + Subject + Verb -Ing + the rest of the sentence?

In the interrogative, the verb "To Be" is written before the subject.

The main verb of the sentence is always written with -Ing at the end of it.

Examples

Were you listening, Matt?

Was she watching tv?

Was he wearing shorts when you saw him?

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