Past Continuous Progressive Tense

Past Continuous / Progressive

You are going to Learn:
1 - Past Cont - Definition
2 - Past Cont - Structure
3 - Past Cont / Excerises
4 - Negative - Examples
5 - Interrogative - Structure
6 - Conclusion


Basics:

Before we start learning this first we should know that in english grammar we have 12 tenses which are:
  1. Present Tense
  2. Past Tense
  3. Future Tense
  4. Present Continuous Tense
  5. Past Continuous / Progressive
  6. Future Continuous Tense
  7. Present Perfect Tense
  8. Past Perfect Tense
  9. Future Perfect Tense
  10. Present Perfect Continuous Tense
  11. Past Perfect Continuous Tense
  12. Future Perfect Continuous Tense

Names:



Before i teach you something else i want to tell you in english grammar we have two names for this tense
  1. Past Continuous Tense
  2. Past Progressive Tense
Both have the same meaning but some people call it progressive or other call it continuous. its like a nick name of person for instance when you are at home so may be your mother calls you baby , or baba or any other name but your when you come out from your home so people calls you with your real name so its means you can be called from two names ok!!!

Definition:

"Any Action Which Was Continue In The Past"
Example No : 1 I was eating friuts - So this sentence is showing the action (which is eating) was happening in the past

so when ever we need to tell any action which was continue in the past we use this tense ok!! if you are still confuse don't worry i have one more example for you
Example No : 2 My neighbour asks me about his dog that - Mr.Naveed do you know where is my dog? so i say "When you came at that time He was playing "

so in this sentence "He was playing" - is past continuous because the right now he is not playing in past he was playing ok!!! i hope now you have understood the definition don't worry if you don't know to make sentences/examples like this one because to do that you need to understand the structure so let's see the structure

Past Progressive Tense : Structure



Till now we have understood the usages or the defintions of Past Continuous Tense. now we should understand how to make example sentences to do that we need to see the structure of making examples which is

Subject:

Means Who or What Performs The Action. It Can Be ( He , She , it , They , You , We ) or Anyname - For Example: - He, Naveed, Computer, English

Verb:

"A Word Which Shows An Action Is Called Verb" - Ex: (Dance , Read , Listen , do)Kinds of Verbs: We have four kinds in verbs
  • Verb (1st) First - From
  • Verb (2nd) Second - From
  • Verb (3rd) Third - From
  • Verb (4th) Fourth - From Or Verb with (Ing)
We are learning about verbs From because in past continuous tense we have to use verb 4 From. keep that in your mind every tense has its own verb form let say if you are using past indefinite tense then you will have to use verb 2 From please don't be confuse you just need to know which tense use which verb from then just use it
  • Verb (1st) - Eat
  • Verb (2nd) - Ate
  • Verb (3rd) - Eaten
  • Verb (4th) - Eating
For Ex: I was eating dinner - according to the strucutre we have to use verb 4 foam so the eat will become eating (verb 2nd first foam became Verb 4th foam)
One Trick For You : Remember whenever we have continuous tense we will always use verb 4 foam - for ex - present continuous tense - past continous tense - future continous tense etc

Object:

In easy words object gives us the full meaning of a sentence Example: He was playing - in this sentence we don't know what was he play? either football , cricket - this sentence is without object - now another Example with object -
Example No 2 : He was playing football - this sentence with object and giving us the full meaning and sense
Why do we use Helping Verbs? - May be you ask yourself why do we need Helping Verb Well the simplest answer of this question is as you know in english grammar we have many structues so how a person will understand which tense are you using in order to make this confusion clear every tense has its own helping verb so that a person can understand oh this tense you are using ok!!! in this tense we have two helping Verbs - (Was , Were)
1) Was = Was is a helping verb - We Use Was With Only Singular Ex: I ,He , She , it or any Singular Name like (Naveed , Robert etc)
2) Were = Were is also a helping verb - We use Were only with plural Ex: They , We or any plural Name - (For instance : We were , They were )

Past Continuous Tense | Sentences

We have five (5) types of sentences
  1. Simple / Affirmative
  2. Negative
  3. Interrogative
  4. Interro negative
  5. Wh Questions

1) Simple / Affirmative



Simple or Affirmative Sentences are those sentences in which we don't deny or ask question means they are totally simple - Ex: I Was eating eggs - this is the very simple why because - in this sentence iam not denying or asking question

Structure of Simple:

Sub + Was / Were + VIng + Object
Subject = Means Who or what perform the action
Verb = A word which is used to indicate the act is called verb
Object = It gives us the full meaning of a sentence
Was / Were = Helping Verbs

Examples / Exercises:

Was / Were = Helping Verbs
  1. She Was eating ice-cream
  2. They Were Taking Dinner
  3. We Were finishing our work
  4. He Was attending the English Language Class
  5. He Was taking Dinner
  6. She Was completing her work
  7. They Were coming here
  8. You Were playing football
  9. We Were learning English
  10. I Was teaching English
  11. We Were waiting for you
  12. She Was dancing
  13. It Was installing
  14. It Was starting
  15. We Were thinking
  16. They Were drinking
  17. They Were taking Class
  18. She Was making Cake
  19. He Was operating Computer
  20. He Was opening the door
  21. She Was watching T.v
  22. She Was washing dishes
  23. We Were Sleeping
  24. You Were seeing me
  25. I Was reading book
  26. She Was beating
  27. He Was running
  28. We Were laughing
  29. We Were doing fun
  30. I Was closing door
  31. We Were riding a bike
  32. She Was doing make-up
  33. She Was cleaning her room
  34. They Were Working with us
  35. She Was helping me
  36. They Were forgiving him
  37. I Was checking
  38. He Was searching
  39. They Were developing
  40. They Were building
  41. She Was inventing
  42. We Were living
  43. It Was running
  44. I Was changing my hard drive

2) Past Continuous - Negative / Say No



We use Negative when we want to deny / or when we are not agreeing with someone and to do this we use two additional words which are - "Not" , Helping Verbs
How To Make Negative Sentences | Explanation:
  1. Not - (Not Means - No)
  2. Helping Verb - Was , Were - Explained this earlier
  3. Note - We can also use wasn't instead of was Not - both are same just was't is less formal

Structure of Negative:

Sub + Was/Were + not + V1ing + object
Subject = Means Who or what perform the action
Verb = A word which is used to indicate the act is called verb
Object = Object is noun or pronoun and tell the meaning of preposition
Not = By the word we can understand the word "Not" is for when not agree
Was / Were = Helping Verbs

Examples / Exercises:

  1. She Was not eating ice-cream
  2. They Were not Taking Dinner
  3. We Were not finishing our work
  4. He Was not attending the English Language Class
  5. He Was not taking Dinner
  6. She Was not completing her work
  7. They Were not coming here
  8. You Were not playing football
  9. We Were not learning English
  10. I Was not teaching English
  11. We Were not waiting for you
  12. She Was not dancing
  13. It Was not installing
  14. It Was not starting
  15. We Were not thinking
  16. They Were not drinking
  17. They Were not taking Class
  18. She Was not making Cake
  19. He Was not operating Computer
  20. He Was not opening the door
  21. She Was not watching T.v
  22. She Was not was not hing dishes
  23. We Were not Sleeping
  24. You Were not seeing me
  25. I Was not reading book
  26. She Was not beating
  27. He Was not running
  28. We Were not laughing
  29. We Were not doing fun
  30. I Was not closing door
  31. We Were not riding a bike
  32. She Was not doing make-up
  33. She Was not cleaning her room
  34. They Were not Working with us
  35. She Was not helping me
  36. They Were not forgiving him
  37. I Was not checking
  38. He Was not searching
  39. They Were not developing
  40. She Was not inventing
  41. We Were not living
  42. It Was not running
  43. I Was not changing my hard drive

3) Past Continuous / Interrogative



We use Interrogative for asking question and to do this we put the helping verb which is (did) at first and at the end put the question mark?

Past Progressive Negative:

Was / Were + Sub + V1ing + object?
Subject = Means Who or what perform the action
Verb = A word which is used to indicate the act is called verb
Object = Object is noun or pronoun and tell the meaning of preposition
Was / Were = Helping Verbs
Question Mark? = We put question mark? at the end of every Interrogative sentence so that it looks like it is Question

Negative Exercises:

  1. Was She eating ice-cream ?
  2. Were They Taking Dinner ?
  3. Were We finishing our work?
  4. Was He attending the English Language Class?
  5. Was She completing her work?
  6. Were They coming here?
  7. Were You playing football?
  8. Were We learning English?
  9. Was I teaching English?
  10. Were We waiting for you?
  11. Was She dancing?
  12. Was It installing?
  13. Was It starting?
  14. Were We thinking?
  15. Were They drinking?
  16. Were They taking Class?
  17. Was He operating Computer?
  18. Was He opening the door?
  19. Was She watching T.v?
  20. Was She washing dishes?
  21. Were We Sleeping?
  22. Were You seeing me?
  23. Was I reading book?
  24. Were You memorizing?
  25. Was She beating?
  26. Was He running?
  27. Were We laughing?
  28. Were We doing fun?
  29. Was I closing a door?
  30. Were We riding a bike?
  31. Was She doing make-up?
  32. Was She cleaning her room?
  33. Were They Working with us?
  34. Was She helping me?
  35. Were They forgiving him?
  36. Was I checking?
  37. Was He searching?
  38. Were They developing?
  39. Were They building?
  40. Was She inventing?
  41. Were We living?
  42. Was It running?
  43. Was I changing my hard drive?

4) Past Continuous / Interro-Negative



Interro-Negative is the combination of two structures first Interrogative Second Negative we use it when we want to ask both at the same time

Structure of Interro-Negative:

Was / Were + Sub + not + V1ing + object?
Subject = Means Who or what perform the action
Verb = A word which is used to indicate the act is called verb
Object = Object is noun or pronoun and tell the meaning of preposition
Was / Were = Helping Verbs
Question Mark? = We put question mark? at the end of every Interrogative sentence so that it looks like it is Question

Examples:

  1. Were We not learning English?
  2. Was I not teaching English?
  3. Were We not waiting for you?
  4. Was She not dancing?
  5. Was It not installing?
  6. Was It not starting?
  7. Were We not thinking?
  8. Were They not drinking?
  9. Were They not taking Classes?
  10. Was He not operating Computer?
  11. Was He not opening the door?
  12. Was She not watching T.v?
  13. Was She not washing dishes?
  14. Were We not Sleeping?
  15. Were You not seeing me?
  16. Was I not reading book?
  17. Was She not beating?
  18. Was He not running?
  19. Were We not laughing?
  20. Were We not doing fun?
  21. Was I not closing door?
  22. Were We not riding a bike?
  23. Was She not doing make-up?
  24. Was She not cleaning her room?
  25. Were They not Working with us?
  26. Was She not helping me?
  27. Were They not forgiving him?
  28. Was I not checking?
  29. Was He not searching?
  30. Were They not developing?
  31. Were They not building?
  32. Was She not inventing?
  33. Were We not living?
  34. Was It not running?
  35. Was I not changing my hard drive?

Conclusion:

So we have finished learning Past Continuous / progressive Tense i tired my level best to teach you through definitions, pictures and examples and i hope you have understood but still you any problem understanding it so please contact me i would love to help you Thank you ....