Past Continuous – Exercises – Activities – Grammar

Structure Past Continuous

Affirmative Structure

I / He / She / It was reading
You / We / They were

Negative Structure

I / He / She / It was not ( wasn´t ) reading
You / We / They were not ( weren´t)

Question Structure

Was I / He / She / It reading?
Were You / We / They

Use past continuous

  • for a continuing unfinished action in the past
  • for a continuing unfinished action interrupted by a sudden past action.
  • for activities as background description.
  • for two continuing events happening at the same time.

while, when

  • Use while with past continuous for the time the event was happening.
  • Use when with past simple for actions.

Past Continuous Worksheets PDF