|I was writing.
She was writing.
You were writing.
|I was not writing.
She was not writing.
You were not writing.
|Was I writing?
Was she writing?
Were you writing
to talk about past events in progress
The past progressive is used to talk about events that were in progress around a particular past time.
- ‘What were you doing yesterday evening?’
- ‘I was watching TV.’
- At 7 am this morning, I was doing my homework.
The past progressive is also used to stress that an activity was in progress at every moment during a period of time.
- I was resting all day yesterday.
past progressive and simple past
We often use the past progressive together with a simple past tense. The past progressive refers to a longer background action or situation; the simple past refers to a shorter action or event that happened in the middle of the longer action.
- I was having a bath when the telephone rang.
- As I was driving down the street, I saw Peter.
- They were sleeping when the thieves broke in.