4. The Past Continuous Tense

The Past Continuous Tense is used when we wish to speak of an action which is unfinished at some time in the past.

I was speaking We were speaking
You were speaking You were speaking
He/She/It was speaking They were speaking


  • I was writing a letter when he entered the room.
  • The boys were making a noise as I was coming up the steps.
  • She was reading a book when the boy behind her kicked her.
  • While we were travelling to school yesterday, I saw an accident.
  • He jumped off the train while it was moving.