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GRAMMAR & STRUCTURE — Examples
Past Continuous

 
 

Sentences using past continuous

Past Continuous

Bob was reading a book last night at 10:00.

Explanation

The action was in progress at a specific time in the past.

Negative

Bob was not reading a book last night at 10:00.

Yes / No Question

Was Bob reading a book last night at 10:00?

Information Question

What was Bob doing last night at 10:00?


Past Continuous

Marilyn was swimming when she saw the shark.

Explanation

Two past actions: one was in progress at the same time another action happened.

Negative

Marilyn was not swimming when she saw the shark.

yes / no Question

Was Marilyn swimming when she saw the shark?

Information Question

What was Marilyn doing when she saw the shark?


Past Continuous

Michel was setting the table while Chantal was cooking dinner.

Explanation

Two past actions in progress at the same time in the past.

Negative

Michel was not setting the table while Chantal was cooking dinner.

Yes / No Question

Was Michel setting the table while Chantal was cooking dinner?

Information Question

What was Michel doing while Chantal was cooking dinner?


Past Continuous

George and Eileen were reading the newspaper yesterday morning.

Explanation

The action was in progress at a specific time in the past. This is a plural example.

Negative

George and Eileen were not reading the paper yesterday morning.

Yes / No Question

Were George and Eileen reading the paper yesterday morning?

Information Question

What were George and Eileen reading yesterday morning?


Past Continuous

Ingrid and Svend were jogging when the storm started.

Explanation

Two past actions: one was in progress at the same time another action happened. This is a plural example.

Negative

Ingrid and Svend were not jogging when the storm started.

Yes / No Question

Were Ingrid and Svend jogging when the storm started?

Information Question

Who was running when the storm started?