The Past Continuous is used:
1) To talk about actions happening at a moment in the past:
At nine o’clock last night, I was watching TV.
2) For two actions in progress at the same time:
I was reading a book while you were listening to music.
3) To talk about background information or a description in a story:
The sun was shinning and the birds were singing.
Let’s check how the Past Continuous is formed:
Affirmative: SUBJ + WAS/WERE + ING
Negative: SUBJ + WAS/WERE + NOT + ING
Question: WAS/WERE + SUBJ + ING
Some adverbs used with Past Continuous:
- at that moment
- while, as
- at one o’clock
When one action in the past happens in the middle of another, we use the Simple Past and the Past Continuous together.
The phone rang while I was watching the movie.
You can practice Past Continuous with the following exercises: