Questions in the Past Progressive

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1. Questions without question words in the Past Progressive

Auxiliary Subject Verb Rest Yes/No Subject Auxiliary (+ n't)
Were you reading books? Yes,
No,
No,
I
I
I
was.
was not.
wasn't.
Was Peter playing football? Yes,
No,
No,
he
he
he
was.
was not.
wasn't.
Were they singing a song? Yes,
No,
No,
they
they
they
were.
were not.
weren't.

2. Questions with question words in the Past Progressive

Question word Auxiliary Subject Verb Rest Answer
What were you doing yesterday evening? I was working on my computer.
Where was Diana going at ten last night? She was going to a concert.
Why were they carrying the buckets? They were carrying the buckets
because they wanted to clean the car.

► Use was with the 1st and 3rd person singular (I, he, she, it) and in all other persons were.

Add -ing to the infinitive.


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