Definition: The past continuous tense is used to show actions as they were happening in the past. These actions may have been interrupted, going on at the same time, or been constant in a negative way. The form this tense, combine “was/were” + present participle (verb + “ing”).
Definition in Hindi For Indian Users:
पहचान: इन वाक्यों के अंत में रहा था /रही थी /रहे थे आता है। जैसे: राम जा रहा था। वे खेलने जा रहे थे। सीता पढने जा रही थी।
There Are Generally Four Uses For This Tense:
1. Past actions which have been interrupted. You do not need to mention the specific time, only the fact that the action was stopped for something else.
Examples: >She WAS EATING when the doorbell rang. >They WERE LEAVING when he reminded them to pack a snack.
2. Past actions interrupted by a specific time. This doesn’t mean that the action stopped happening, simply that it was ongoing when a certain time came.
Examples: >At 10AM we WERE LEAVING the house. >He WAS DRIVING when the rain started at 2pm.
3. Actions which were happening at the same time as each other. For this use, you must list at least 2 actions which were ongoing simultaneously.
Examples: >I WAS RIDING my bike as he WAS DRIVING home. >WAS he WATCHING a movie while we WERE MAKING dinner?
4. Constant actions in the past, which were causing negative emotions. Use words like “always” to signify this.
Examples: >She WAS always TAKING all the candies. >We WERE always ARRIVING late when he drove us.