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Past Continuous Tense in the Urdu

in today’s lesson, I am going to teach you all about past continuous tense in the Urdu and Hindi languages. Past continuous means someone or something in the middle of an action which was going on. We always use the present participle form of the verb as the main verb in a sentence. We also use an auxiliary verb before the main verb according to the subject of the sentence. We use two auxiliary verbswas” and “were”. “was” is used with the first person singular “I” and other third-person singular pronouns and singular noun and “were” is used with the first person, third person plural pronouns, and plural nouns.  Using this verb and helping verbs, we can form affirmative, negative and interrogative sentences. Let’s deal with them one by one.


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Definition in Urdu


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Examples in Urdu

Affirmative Sentences

An affirmative sentence means a simple statement where neither you deny a fact nor ask a question. For forming an affirmative sentence, we use the present participle as a main verb with a helping verb. If the subject of a sentence is “I”, “He”, “she”, “it” or any singular noun. We use help verb “was”. Let’s have a look at the structure of affirmative sentences;

Sub + was + V1 + ing + object.



affirmative sentences with urdu translation
Affirmative Sentences with Urdu Translation


Some affirmative examples: –

  • I was waiting for the bus.
  • She was reading a storybook.
  • They were playing football.
  • Kids were watching cartoon shows.


Negative Sentences

When we show disagreement, we usually use a negative sentence. We put “not” between helping verb and present participle to make a negative sentence. View blew the negative structure;

Sub + was/Were + V1 + ing + object.


negative sentences with urdu translation
Negative Sentences with Urdu Translation


Some negative Examples: –

  • I was not waiting for the bus.
  • She was not reading a storybook.
  • They were not playing football on Friday.
  • Kids were not watching cartoon shows.


Interrogative Sentences

In the negative sentence, we ask a question. The Auxiliary verb comes at the beginning of the sentence and a question mark comes at the end of the sentence. Let’s go through the structure;

Was/Were + Sub + V1 + ing + object + question mark “?”.


interrogative sentences with urdu translation
Interrogative Sentences with Urdu Translation


Some interrogative Examples: –

  • Was I waiting for the bus?
  • Was she reading a storybook?
  • Were they playing football?
  • Were Kids watching cartoon shows?


A List of Examples and Exercise of Past Continuous Tense



  • I was typing the letter.
  • Was mother scolding the kids?
  • Two thieves were rushing into the bank.
  • Aqib was doing his homeworking?
  • Were these women going to buy furniture?
  • Was she singing well?
  • Shazia was waiting for his friend when I waved her.
  • It was getting dark before I got home.
  • Was that girl screaming at the night?
  • I heard someone knocking at the door.


The same list with “W/H” family.

  • What was I typing?
  • Who was mother scolding?
  • What was Aqib doing?
  • Where were those women going?
  • What was she singing well?
  • Why was Shazia waiting for her friend?
  • When it was getting dark?
  • When were the girls screaming?



Put correct helping verbs and fill in the blank.

  1. Shazia ______waiting for his friend.
  2. _____ They playing football?
  3. She____ singing well.
  4. ____ Aqib doing his homework?
  5. Women_____ going to buy furniture.
  6. _____ Ahmed lifting his luggage?


About Sajid Hussain

Sajid Hussain is an online English teacher. He has been teaching English through Urdu/Hindi for 5 years.