- First, the right form of be is placed after the subject: am, is or are.
- Then the -ing form of the verb is needed, but remember the rules to form the gerund.
- A time reference is often included at the end of the sentence.
- My friends were talking to the director.
- I was waiting for the bus when I saw a taxi.
- Sean wasn’t having breakfast at 8 am; he was reading.
- He wasn't doing his homework at half past six.
- Were you playing tennis? I can't believe it.
- Talking about what was happening at a specific time in the past (talking about memories...)
- We were watching the film at lunch time.
- Talking about something that happened at one point (in the past simple) while a longer action was taking place (in the past continuous). In this use, the clause referring to the longer action, is often introduced by while or as; or, alternatively, the shorter action clauses is introduced by when:
- We weren't watching the film when my sister rang.
- They found the lost key as they were having a walk along the river.
- Myrtle broke here leg while she was exercising in the park.
- Past continuous 1
- Past contunuous 2 - statements
- Past continuous 3 - statements
- Past continuous 4 - negative
- Past continuous 5 - questions
- Past continuous 6 questions
- Past continuous use
- Past simple versus past continuous 1
- Past simple versus past continuous 2
- Past simple versus past continuous 3
- Past simple versus past continuous 4