Past Continuous Tense – Sentences | Definition

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

 

 

 

Definition

 

  • 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.

 

 

Rules

 

  • 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

 

 

1-Affirmative 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.

 

 

 examples: –

  • 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.

 

 

 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.

 

 

 

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 “?”.

 

 

 Examples: –

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

 

About Sajid Hussain

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