The Past Continuous Tense

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The Past Continuous Tense (прошедшее продолженное время) или Past Progressive Tense — используется для выражения действия, которое происходило в указанный момент или период времени в прошлом.

Образуется с помощью глагола to be в форме прошедшего времени (V2) и причастия настоящего времени Participle I:

to be (V2) + Participle I

 

Affirmative (утвердительные) Negative (отрицательное) Interrogative (Вопросительное)
I was playing. I was not playing. Was I playing?
He was playing. He was not playing. Was he playing?
She was playing. She was not playing. Was she playing?
It was playing. It was not playing. Was it playing?
We were playing. We were not playing. Were we playing?
You were playing. You were not playing. Were you playing?
They were playing. They were not playing. Were they playing?

Общепринятые сокращения:
was not → wasn’t
were not → weren’t

The Past Continuous Tense используется для обозначения временных действий, которые были в процессе в определённый момент в прошлом:
Lady Connie was reading a letter at 6 o’clock yesterday.
Либо для обозначения действий, которые были в процессе, когда происходило другое действие:
The witcher was reading when a monster came from the forest.

Часто Past Continuous используется со следующими обстоятельствами времени: at <number> o’clock yesterday, from six to/till seven yesterday, for two days last week, etc. Обычно обстоятельства времени идут в конце предложения.

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