Sunday , 21 January 2018

Past Continuous Tense


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Past Continuous Tense


Past Continuous Tense

Rules

  • Always use 1st form of the verb.
  • Addition of (ing) after the verb.
  • So read becomes reading, sleep becomes sleeping.
  • Helping verbs of past continuous tense are (was and were)
  • If (he, she, it, I and singular nouns) are used as the subject of the sentence use “was” as the helping verb.
  • If (we, you, they and plural noun) is used as the subject of the sentence use “were” as the helping verb.
  • Examples of simple or positive sentence.
  • He was playing with his friends.
  • The boys were flying the kite.
  • There is only a single case in which we use “were” with pronoun “I”.
  • It is when someone is talking about any impossible wish.
  • For example “ If I were the president of USA” or “ If I were the king of Saudi Arabia”
  • In negative sentences “not” is used after the helping verb.
  • (was not, were not)
  • Example of negative sentence.
  • I was not sleeping.
  • You were not holding the camera.
  • In interrogative sentences helping verb is used in start of the sentence.
  • Example of interrogative sentence.
  •  Was he shopping in the mall?
  • Were children making noise?