Form of the Past continuous
Was / were + verb (ing)
was not = wasn’t
were not = weren’t
Use of the Past continuous
We use the Past continuous :
- With a very specific point in time in the past.
A: What were you doing yesterday at 19h30?
B: yesterday at 19h30 I was doing my exercises
- For a past action which continued for some time and whose exact limits are not known.
Example : He was driving so fast.
- We use the past continuous with the simple past to show that the action of the continuous started before the action of the simple past and continued after it.
We were watching TV when the bell rang.
- For parallel/simultaneous actions happening at the same time
While / as we were studying English, other students were studying French.