Past Continuous Tense

What is Past Continuous Tense

On this page, you’ll find detailed information about the past continuous tense. We have covered the definition, rules, structure, and various types of past continuous tense followed by examples to enhance your understanding.

कोई भी घटना या कार्य जो भूतकाल में हो रही थी। इन वाक्यों के अंत में रहा था, रही थी, रहे थे इत्यादि शब्दों का उपयोग होता है ।

उदाहरण : मोहन पुस्तक पढ़ रहा था ।

Definition :

past continuous tense 

  • The past continuous tense, also known as the past progressive tense, is used to describe actions or events that were ongoing or in progress at a specific point in the past.
  • In this tense we use past tense of the verb “to be” ( was/were) as helping verb and the first form of main verb + “-ing” form.
  • This tense helps convey the idea that an action was happening over a duration in the past.


    “She was reading a book when the phone rang.” (The action of reading was in progress when the phone rang.)
    “They were playing basketball at 3:00 PM yesterday.” (The ongoing action of playing basketball is specified with a time frame in the past.)
    “I was cooking dinner when the power went out.” (Cooking dinner was in progress when the power outage occurred.)

Rules :

1. Affirmative sentence :

Subject + Helping/ Auxiliary Verb ( Was/Were ) + First Form of Main Verb + Ing + Object

Example : चाणक्य पाटलिपुत्र की ओर जा रहे थे। - Chanakya was going towards Patliputra.

2. Negative sentence :

Subject + Helping/ Auxiliary Verb ( Was/Were ) + Not + First Form of Main Verb + Ing + Object

Example : शिक्षक मिथिला नहीं जा रहे थे।- Teachers were not going to Mithila.

3. Interrogative sentence :

Helping/ Auxiliary Verb ( Was/Were ) + Subject + First Form of Main Verb + Ing + Object

Example : क्या कमल गाड़ी चला रहा था ? - Was Kamal driving the car ?

Past Continuous Tense exercise with answers :

Following are the past continuous tense sentences with solutions. These sentences also include past continuous tense in hindi language which helps everyone to practice and master this tense.

1. Affirmative sentence :

2. Negative sentence :

3. Interrogative sentence :

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