There are three continuous tenses in English grammar, as, present continuous tense, past continuous tense and future continuous tense. Today’s lesson, I’m going to teach you past continuous tense in Urdu. You can watch its video below this lesson. Let’s us start learning our today’s lesson.
Definition of Past Continuous Tense
An action that begins in a moment of past, go on, for a while. And then ends within past time.
I was teaching to my students.
It means I began to teach in a moment of past, I taught for a while, and then I finished teaching within past time.
Verb and Helping
Like other continuous tenses, present participle is used for this tense. Was or were is used as a helping verb in this tense
Kind of Sentence
We may make three kinds of the sentence in this tense.
- Affirmative Sentence
- Negative Sentence
- Interrogative Sentence
Lets us deal with them one by one.
Affirmative Sentence in Past Continuous Tense
Affirmative means a simple, general statement. If he, she, I, it or any singular noun comes as a subject in a sentence, we always use helping “was” right on the subject. If you, we, they or any plural noun come as a subject in a sentence, we always use “were” as helping verb. An affirmative sentence always begins with the capital letter and end with the full stop. Read the following Examples carefully.
- He was writing a letter.
- She was swimming in the river.
- Ahmed was playing with his friends in the garden.
- They were hiding behind a bush.
- Boys were climbing up the tree.
Negative Sentence in Past Continuous Tense
When we don’t like something doing, we refuse to do that. We always use a negative statement to express our feelings. “Not” is added between helping verb and verb to make a negative sentence. Read the following sentences.
- I was not telling a lie.
- He was not writing an e-mail to his boss.
- Ahmed was not playing with his friends in the garden.
- They were not hiding behind a bush.
- Boys were not climbing up the tree.
Interrogative Sentence in Past Continuous Tense
An interrogative sentence is always used to ask a question. These types of sentences usually begin with helping verb and end with a question mark “?”
Note: - Fist letter of the sentence must be written in capital letter.
- Was I telling a lie?
- Was he writing an e-mail to his boss?
- Was Ahmed playing with his friends in the garden?
- Were they hiding behind a bush?
- Were boys climbing the tree?