Past Continuous Tense


The past continuous is formed from the past tense of be with the -ing form of the verb:  (was/were + present participle (verb + ing))

  • Watch: was /were  watching
  • Write : was /were writing


The Past Continuous is used to express:

1.  an activity  which was in progress in the past

  • Yesterday at this time, I was driving to Casablanca.
  • Last night at 6 pm, we were having dinner.


 2.  an interrupted past activity

  • She was writing a letter when the phone rang.
  • While we were playing tennis, it started to rain.


 3.  two or more simultaneous past actions

  • Tom was talking on his mobile phone while he was driving to work.
  • Were you listening while he was talking?