We form the past continuous with the past tense of be + verb with -ing.
We use the past continuous to:
Talk about a situation or action that continued for a period of time in the past and was completed in the past.
The workers were repairing the roads last week.
My stomach was hurting after I ate that burrito.
Talk about two actions that were both happening at the same time in the past.
My roommate was talking on the phone while I was watching a movie.
The roofers were working on the roof while we were painting the walls.
Talk about an action that happened before, during, and after a certain time.
I was sleeping last night at 12am.
She was driving home at 7:30pm last night.
Talk about an action that was completed repeatedly in the past, but does not occur any longer.
He was smoking three packs a day.
They were having meetings 3 times a day.
Past continuous questions
- What were you doing yesterday at 3pm?
- What were your friends doing Saturday evening?
- What were you doing right before class?
- Who were you talking to yesterday afternoon?
- What were you eating the last time you spilled food on your clothes?
- What were you doing Friday night at 9pm?
- What were you doing last New Year’s Eve at 11:30pm?
- Were you watching a movie last Sunday at 8pm?
- Who were you texting before class?
- What were you doing yesterday at nine in the morning?
- What TV show were you watching Monday night?
- What were you doing the last time you got a phone call?
- Were you working hard last night? What were you doing?
- What were you doing last Christmas morning at 10am?
- What were you doing the last time you got caught in the rain?
- What were you doing while you were eating dinner last night?
- What were you doing the last time someone told you to stop being childish?