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Form of the Past Continuous

How do we form the Past Continuous?

We use a form of to be (was or were), the infinitive and the ending ing.

to be (was or were) + infinitive + ing

1. Affirmative sentences in the Past Continuous

  • was playing football.
  • You were playing football.
  • He was playing football.
  • She was playing football.
  • It was playing football.
  • We were playing football.
  • You were playing football.
  • They were playing football.

► Use was with I, he, she, it – and were with all other pronouns.

2. Negative sentences in the Past Continuous

  • was not playing football.
  • You were not playing football.
  • He was not playing football.
  • She was not playing football.
  • It was not playing football.
  • We were not playing football.
  • You were not playing football.
  • They were not playing football.

Short/contracted forms in the Past Continuous