Learn Past Continuous Tense with negative, interrogative, and interro-negative sentences under its definitions, formulas, rules, and exercises by reading Past Continuous Tense: How to Learn with Formulas Examples.
Past Continuous Tense | How to Learn with Formulas Examples
Past Continuous Tense:
STEP – I
Past = passed
Continuous=in process/ happening in recent
Tense = time/period/verb
Past Continuous Tense =any action was happening in continuous time
STEP – II
Definition of Past Continuous Tense:
In this tense anything is done, happened or borne in past time in Continuing aspects.
They were doing their duty.
STEP – III
Recognition of Past Continuous Tense in English:
S + was/were +1V + ing+ O
First of all, the subject is placed at the start of the sentence then is/are/am and the first form of verb plus ‘ing’ and object at the end with a full stop.
* 1V=1st form of verb
* 1V + ing = 4th form of verb
If the subjects are singular that is “I, He, She, It, Name”, we have to use the helping verb “was” with all of these subjects and if the subjects are plural like “You, We, They, Names”, the helping verb “were” will be used.
For He, She, It, single name= use ‘was’ as helping verb
They, You, we, plural name= use ‘were’ as helping verb
We were playing cricket.
You were driving a car.
We were eating food.
Moosa was eating bread.
|Air and Asif||were||go+ing||walk|
Aamir and Asif were going for a walk.
|They||were||writing||a new topic|
They were writing a new topic.
STEP – IV
Negative Sentences of Past Continuous Tense
Helping Verb= was, were
To make a sentence negative, add “not” right after the ‘helping verb’ and helping verbs may be was or were. We will add ‘not’ after one of the helping verbs (was/were).
S + was/were + not + 1Ving + O
He was not going to school.
They were not doing homework.
Interrogative Sentence of Past Continuous tense:
To make a sentence interrogative, we need a helping verb to put it at the start of the sentence and place a sign of interrogation/question mark at the end of the sentence. Remember, without a sign of interrogation the sentences will be considered incomplete or wrong. Also, do not place a full stop after a question mark.
Was he going to school?
Were they doing homework?
Interro-negative Sentence of Past Continuous Tense:
To make a sentences interro-negative, it is an easy way that makes this sentence negative first then place helping verb at the start of the sentence and place question mark at the end.
S + Was/Were + 1V ing + O
S + Was/Were + not + 1V ing + O (Negative)
Was/Were + S + not + 1V ing + O ? (Interro-negative)
Was he not going school?
Were they not doing homework?
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