In this Tense work is being done in the past on continuous basis.
For this tense was were and first form of verb with ‘ing’ is used.

With first person singular and third person singular was with first form of verb and ing is used.

With first person plural, second person singular and plural and third person plural ‘were’ with first form of verb and ing is used.

For example :

  • Girls were singing a song.
  • You were going to the market.
  • She was painting a picture.
  • We were taking our meals.


In negative sentences ‘not’ is used after was were and before verb.

For Example :

  • Boys were not making a noise.
  • You were not taking your examination.
  • The gardener was not watering the plants.
  • We were not playing football.


In interrogative sentences ‘was,were’ is used before subject. and first form of verb with ‘ing’ is used.
Interrogative sign is used at the end of the sentence.

For Example :

  • Were you painting a picture?
  • Was I walking in the garden?
  • Was she cooking food in the kitchen?
  • Were the boys playing a match ?


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