It is used for an action over a period of past time, something that we were in the middle of; furthermore, it may mean an action over a whole period. Also, it is used forrepeated actions which are temporary, only for a period and for a past arrangement. In addition, it is used with temporary states. In order to conjugate the verb in the past progressive, we need theverb “to be” as an auxiliary verb and a verb with the “ing” form. In order to make the –ing form, we have the rules below.
Rules to form the past progressive: You need the verb “to be” in thepast tense as an auxiliary plus a verb with an –ing ending.
1) Add –ing to most of the verbs.
Examples: play - playing
rest - resting
jump - jumping
2) Whenthe verb ends in silent “e”, you must change “e” to “i” and add –ing.
Examples: paste - pasting
prepare - preparing
hide - hiding
3) When the verb ends in“ie”, you must change “ie” to “y” and add –ing.
Examples: tie - tying
lie - lying
die - dying
4) If the verb ends in consonant, vowel, consonant, double the last consonant andadd -ing
only if the syllable is a stressed one.
Examples: mop - mopping
swim - swimming
begin - beginning
My husband was working from Mondayto Saturday.
I wasn’t feeling well this morning.
While I was teaching the time expression, Ivan and Ferdi were playing.
While my husband was driving to Hermosillo, I was sleeping.
While I wascutting the pictures, my son was pasting the others in his notebook.
|To make the negative form, we use wasn't or weren't|
|(subject+was/were+not+verb with the –ing form+complement |