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Be and Do as Main Verbs in the Past Continuous

How to use do and have in Past Continuous

1. do as a main verb

Pronouns Affirmative sentences Negative sentences Questions
I was doing the cleaning. was not doing the cleaning. Was I doing the cleaning?
you You were doing the cleaning. You were not doing the cleaning. Were you doing the cleaning?
he, she, it He was doing the cleaning..  He was not doing the cleaning. Was he doing the cleaning?
we, you, they They were doing the cleaning. They were not doing the cleaning. Were they doing the cleaning?

2. have as a main verb

Pronouns Affirmative sentences Negative sentences Questions
I was having lunch. was not having lunch. Was I having lunch?
you You were having lunch. You were not having lunch. Were you having lunch?
he, she, it He was having lunch. He was not having lunch. Was he having lunch?
we, you, they They were having lunch. They were not having lunch. Were they having lunch?

We often use the short/contracted forms with these verbs.