Grammar Pattern 16|
Past Sentences with "be" + "ing"
We were eating dinner last night at this time.
This pattern describes actions that happened now, so we use "was" or "were",
not "is", "am" or "are". We use "ing" to show the action continued. It was not
an action that was quickly finished! Because the action continues, it is possible
that another action happened at the same time.
Pronunciation Practice - Repeat each sentence out loud!
1. I was sleeping (at 4 o'clock this morning).
2. She was eating dinner (at 6 o'clock last night).
3. He was coming home (last night after work).
4. We were talking on the telephone.
5. They were running.
6. You were studying English in junior high school.
Conversation Practice - Ask these questions to your friends!
1. What were you doing yesterday at this time?
(I was working. / I was eating lunch. / I wasn't doing anything special.)
2. What was your father doing this morning at 8? (He was ...)
3. What were your parents doing last week? (They were ...)
4. Were you studying English last night?
(Yes I was studying. / No I wasn't studying.)
5. Were you working or studying five years ago?
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