Grammar: Past Continuous Tense

Forming the Past continuous

The past continuous of any verb is composed of two parts: the past tense of the verb to be (was/were), and the base of the main verb + ing.

For example: to play

Affirmative Negative Interrogative
I was playing I was not playing Was I playing?
You were playing You were not playing Were you playing?
He was playing He wasn’t playing Was he playing?
We were playing We weren’t playing Were we playing?
They were playing They weren’t playing Were they playing?

(See Appendix IV)