We make the past continuous with the past tense of the verb “to be” and by adding -ing to the main verb.
was / were + verb -ing
He was waiting for the train.
You were spending money.
We use the past continuous to talk about the past:
- To show that something continued for some time:
Everyone was dancing.
- For something that was happening again and again:
They were meeting secretly after work.
- With verbs which show change or growth:
Her German was improving.
We usually use the past continuous to express something which continued before and after another action. The other action is usually expressed using the past simple:
While I was watching television the telephone rang.
This is how we make negative sentences and questions:
was / were + not + verb -ing
He was not waiting for the train. (Long form)
He wasn't waiting for the train. (Short form)
was / were + subject + verb -ing
Was he waiting for the train?