Past Continuous Tense

In this tutorial you will learn about the Past Continuous Tense and its application with practical example.

                                                     Past Continuous Tense

In this tutorial, we will learn about  Past Continuous Tenses


Before starting with this tutorial we assume that you are best aware of the following  topics:

  • Nouns.
  • Pronouns.
  • Verbs.
  • Adjectives.
  • Adverbs.
  • Prepositions.
  • Conjunctions.
  • Interjections.

What Past Continuous Tense?

The past continuous tense, also known as the past progressive tense is an action that continued in past for a Time,refers to a continuing action or state that was happening at some point in the past.

Past Continuous Tenses  refers to:

  1. An action that continued in past for a while: He was making notes of maths.
  2. An action that happened in past regularly: He was working in a private school before this year.


S              +             WAS/WERE        +             V+ing    +             O.               

I                              was                       watching              cricket.
We                         were                     watching              cricket.
You                        were                     watching              cricket.
They                      were                     watching              cricket.
Boys                      were                     watching              cricket.
He                          was                       watching              cricket.
She                        was                       watching              cricket.
It                             was                      watching              cricket.
Ravi                        was                      watching              cricket.

S              +             WASN’T/WEREN’T          +             V+ing    +             O.               

I                              wasn’t                   watching              cricket.
We                         weren’t                 watching              cricket.
You                        weren’t                 watching              cricket.
They                      weren’t                 watching              cricket.
Boys                      weren’t                 watching              cricket.
He                          wasn’t                   watching              cricket.
She                        wasn’t                   watching              cricket.
It                             wasn’t                  watching              cricket.
Ravi                        wasn’t                  watching              cricket.

WAS/WERE        +             S              +             V+ing    +             O.?               

Was                       I                               watching              cricket?
Were                     we                           watching              cricket?
Were                     you                         watching              cricket?
Were                     they                        watching              cricket?
Were                     boys                       watching              cricket?
Was                       he                           watching              cricket?
Was                       she                         watching              cricket?
Was                       It                             watching              cricket?
Was                       Ravi                        watching              cricket?

WASN’T/WEREN’T          +             S              +             V+ing    +             O.?               

Wasn’t                                  I                             watching              cricket?
Weren’t                               we                          watching              cricket?
Weren’t                               you                        watching              cricket?
Weren’t                               they                       watching              cricket?
Weren’t                               boys                      watching              cricket?
Wasn’t                                  he                         watching              cricket?
Wasn’t                                  she                       watching              cricket?
Wasn’t                                  It                           watching              cricket?
Wasn’t                                  Ravi                      watching              cricket?


  1. I, he, she, it and third person singular: was
  2. we, you, they and plural subjects – were

Here We can put any W-H words before interrogative and interrogative formulae.

In this tutorial we have learn about the Past Continuous Tense and its application with practical example. I hope you will like this tutorial.