Verb Tenses - Past Continous

The Past Continuous Tense talks about something happening at a precise moment in the past:

I was watching TV at 9 o'clock last night.
They were working on the report at six.

Express an interrupted action:
I was cooking dinner when you telephoned.
What was he doing when you arrived?
They weren't doing anything special when you interrupted them.

Structure

Positive
Subject + conjugate the helping verb "be" + verb + -ing.

I was
You were
He/She was
We were
You were
They were -> watching TV when I arrived.

Negative
Subject + conjugate the helping verb "be" + not + verb + -ing.

I wasn't
You weren't
He/She wasn't
We weren't
You weren't
They weren't -> working when he came into the room.

Questions
Question word + conjugate the helping verb 'be' + subject + verb + -ing

What -> were we, you, they -> doing at seven o'clock?
What -> was I, he, she -> doing at seven o'clock?

There are three types of questions in this assessment.

Follow the appropriate instructions for each question type:

1) Conjugate the verb in parentheses in the past continuous tense. Use the indicated subject.

2) Choose the correct time expression used with the past continuous tense.

3) Choose the correct word or phrase to complete each question.

Before submitting the test, check the following:

Punctuation and capitalization
Spelling
Spaces (don't add any unnecessary spaces)

Please observe the Rules of Subject and Verb Agreement

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