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Past Progressive Tense

 

 

 

 

 

The past progressive is used to indicate two actions occurring in the past with one action being interrupted by the second action. The interruption can be either an action or a time.
The past progressive can also be used to indicate two actions occurring at the same time.
Note: Simple Past vs Past Progressive
When an action is interrupted in the simple past, by time, we are informed when the action began or finished.
When an action is interrupted in the past progressive by time, we are only aware of the time of interruption.

Form. was/were + bare infinitive + “ing”

The following word is often used in this tense: while.

Positive Statement

SubjectAuxiliary Verb
(was / were)
Main Verb (bare infinitive + "ing"Objectwherewhenhowwhy
I wasplayingvideo gameswhen Carlos called.
You wereplayingvideo gameswhen Carlos called on Saturday.
Harrywasplayingvideo gameswhen Carlos called on Saturday.
Wewereplayingvideo gameson Saturday.
The boyswereplayingvideo gameson Saturday.

Question

"W" Question WordAuxiliary VerbSubjectMain VerbObjectwhere whenhowwhy
Will

Am
I

I
be sleeping

going to be sleeping
when it starts to rain?

when it starts to rain?
Will

Are

you

you
be sleeping

going to be sleeping
when it starts to rain?

when it starts to rain?
Why

Why
will

is
Jackie

Jackie
be sleeping

going to be sleeping
when it starts to rain?

when it starts to rain?
Will

Are
we

we
be sleeping

going to be sleeping
when it starts to rain?

when it starts to rain?
Where

Where
will

are
they

they
be sleeping

going to be sleeping
when it starts to rain?

when it starts to rain?

Negative Statement

SubjectAuxiliary Verb
(was / were)
"not" + Main Verb
(bare infinitive + "ing")
Objectwherewhenhowwhy
I wasnot playingmusicyesterday.
Youwerenot playingmusicat homeyesterday.
Lucywasnot playingmusicat homeyesterday.
Jackie and Iwerenot playingmusicyesterday.
Julie and Jackiewerenot studyingmusicyesterday.

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