Past Progressive Rules


Here you can find tables with Past Progressive rules on:
positive sentences, negative sentences and questions.

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Positive Sentences


Who? Form of verb Examples
I  was + verb + ing I was studying the whole afternoon.
He/She/It  was + verb + ing He was studying the whole afternoon.
She was studying the whole afternoon.
It was studying the whole afternoon.
You were + verb + ing You were studying the whole afternoon.
We  were + verb + ing We were studying the whole afternoon.
They  were + verb + ing They were studying the whole afternoon.

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Negative Sentences

Who? Form of verb Examples
I  was + not + verb + ing
 wasn't + verb + ing
I was not studying the whole afternoon.
I wasn't studying the whole afternoon.
He/
She/
It
was + not + verb + ing
 wasn't + verb + ing
He was not studying the whole afternoon.
He wasn't studying the whole afternoon.

She was not studying the whole afternoon.
She wasn't studying the whole afternoon.

It was not studying the whole afternoon.
It wasn't studying the whole afternoon.
You were + not + verb + ing
 weren't + verb + ing
You were not studying the whole afternoon.
You weren't studying the whole afternoon.
We were + not + verb + ing
 weren't + verb + ing
We were not studying the whole afternoon.
We weren't studying the whole afternoon.
They were + not + verb + ing
 weren't + verb + ing
They were not studying the whole afternoon.
They weren't studying the whole afternoon.


Question Sentences


Who? Form of verb Examples
Was I verb + ing Was I studying the whole afternoon?
Was he/she/it verb + ing Was he studying the whole afternoon?
Was she studying the whole afternoon?
Was it studying the whole afternoon?
Were you verb + ing Were you studying the whole afternoon?
Were we verb + ing Were we studying the whole afternoon?
Were they verb + ing Were they studying the whole afternoon?

So these are the Past Progressive rules.

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What's Next?

  1. You can read, or read again, how we use the Past Progressive

  2. Practice, practice, practice with the exercises

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