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How do we make the Past Continuous Tense?

The structure of the past continuous tense is:

subject + auxiliary verb BE + main verb
conjugated in simple past tense present participle
base + ing

For negative sentences in the past continuous tense, we insert not between the auxiliary verb and main verb. For question sentences, we exchange the subject and auxiliary verb. Look at these example sentences with the past continuous tense:

  subject auxiliary verb main verb  
+ I was   watching TV.
+ You were   working hard.
- He, she, it was not helping Mary.
- We were not joking.  
? Were you   being silly?
? Were they   playing football?

How do we use the past continuous tense? »

The spelling rules for adding ing to make the past continuous tense are the same as for the present continuous tense.

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