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Past Progressive Tense

Past progressive tense indicates an event that was in progress at a particular point in the past.

  • She was cooking dinner when I called.
  • While you were wasting time, I was doing all the work.
  • We were watching television at eight o’clock.

The pattern for forming past progressive is as follows:

  • Simple past tense form of to be + present participle

To be is irregular in simple past tense and also agrees with the subject in number and person.

I wasWe were
You wereYou were
He/She/It wasThey were

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