Formation of the past continuous
Subject + was/were + verb(ing)
|They were talking about her when she walked into the room.|
Subject + was/were + not + verb(ing)
Subject + wasn't/weren't + verb(ing)
He asked me why I was not having dinner at the hotel.
We weren't playing football when the earthquake began.
Was/were + subject + verb(ing)
|Was she going to the theatre when it started raining?|
Exceptions in spelling
|Final 'e' is dropped (but: 'ee' is not changed)||
||come – coming |
(but: agree – agreeing)
|After a short, stressed vowel, the final consonant is doubled||sit – sitting|
|'L' as a final consonant after a vowel is doubled (in British English)||travel – travelling|
|Final 'ie' becomes 'y'||lie – lying|
Signal words: 'when', 'while', 'as long as'.