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Past Continuous Tense Sentences (Affirmative, Negative & Questions)

The Past Continuous tense or Past Progressive tense indicates continuing action, something that was happening, going on, at some point in the past. The actions can be interrupted by something or can be happening at the same time. For example, I was running.

Past Continuous Tense Sentences

Here are the 50 sentences of past continuous tense. These include affirmative, negative, and questions.

Affirmative Sentences

  1. I was watching TV yesterday in the evening.
  2. She was sleeping on the couch.
  3. The dog was barking.
  4. was talking with James when the telephone rang.
  5. While Angelica was playing tennis, the plane crashed.
  6. When Bob was painting windows, it started raining.
  7. I was watching TV, and Barbara was reading a book.
  8. The family was eating dinner and talking.
  9. When Bob was painting windows, Mary was working in the kitchen.
  10. I was eating the meal when Tom came. 
  11. was studying History at college last year.
  12. Yesterday evening, while I was watching television, the phone rang.
  13. When my husband arrived home yesterday evening, I was cooking dinner.
  14. The baby was crying in the cradle.
  15. I was playing the flute yesterday.
  16. I was sleeping soundly.
  17. It was hailing yesterday.
  18. We were playing hockey.
  19. was washing the car while my wife was cleaning the home.
  20. I was reading a book while the kids were watching TV.
  21. I was leaving the office when it started raining.
  22. She was enjoying the weather at the park.
  23. The couple was eating ice cream and walking.
  24. The kids were playing in the park when I was walking.
  25. He was writing an article when she was sleeping.
  26. She was cooking the food when I was watching the TV.
  27. I was preparing to go out when the doorbell rang.
  28. When I was walking, I slipped.
  29. I was going to the restaurant yesterday at this time.
  30. She was studying physics all day yesterday.

Negative Sentences

  1. He was not listening to me.
  2. Bob was not cutting the trees.
  3. She did not agree with my opinion while I was talking to her.
  4. I was not accepting her invitation.
  5. He was not taking the medicines regularly.
  6. She was not taking care of her child.
  7. They were not helping each other.
  8. She was not attending the classes regularly.
  9. I was not watching TV when she came.
  10. He was not studying chemistry yesterday.


  1. What were you doing while you were waiting?
  2. Why were you laughing?
  3. Was she burning the fire?
  4. Who was standing at the door?
  5. For whom were people waiting?
  6. Where were you working last year?
  7. Was Jimmy broadcasting the news?
  8. Why were you quarreling with your brother?
  9. Were you preparing for the final exam?
  10. Why was he going to the hospital yesterday?

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50 past continuous tense sentences examples

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