A verb shows the action in the past continuous tense
Use of auxiliary verb in the past continuous tense
The use of an auxiliary verb is according to the subject of a sentence.
- For the subject ‘I’, we use an auxiliary verb ‘was’ (past form of am).
- If the subject is ‘he’, ‘she’, ‘it’, or any third person with a singular noun, we use an auxiliary verb ‘was’ (past form of is).
- We use an auxiliary verb ‘were’ (past form of are) for the subject ‘we’, ‘you’, ‘they’ or any plural noun.
- For the subject ‘you’, we use ‘were’ for singular as well as a plural noun.
Examples of Continuous Past Tense
Person Singular Number Plural Number
1st I was playing football. We were playing football.
2nd You were playing football. You were playing football.
3rd He was playing football. She was playing football.
They were playing football.
It was playing football.
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