in today’s lesson, I am going to teach you all about the past continuous tense in the Urdu language.
1- Past Continuous Tense – Definition|Rules
- Past continuous means someone or something in the middle of an action that 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 verbs “was” 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.
2- Past Continuous Tense – Sentences
- We use the present participle form of verbs as the main verb with a helping verb.
- If the subject of a sentence is “I”, “He”, “she”, “it” or any singular noun.
- We use the helping verb “was”. Let’s have a look at the structure of affirmative sentences;
Formula Sub + was + V1 + ing + object.
- I was waiting for the bus.
- She was reading a storybook.
- They were playing football.
- Kids were watching cartoon shows.
2- Negative Sentences
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.
- 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.
3- Interrogative Sentences
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 “?”.
- Was I waiting for the bus?
- Was she reading a storybook?
- Were they playing football?
- Were Kids watching cartoon shows?