Thursday, 23 May 2013

PAST CONTINUOUS TENSE


PAST CONTINUOUS TENSE


Past Continuous Tense  shows that an action was undertaken in the past time and it still continued and was not complete. There is no mention of time of completion of the action. This tense is also known as Imperfect Tense or Past Progressive Tense.

For example: She was reading a book. 

Children were not plucking flowers. 

Why were they not doing their work?



AFFIRMATIVE SENTENCES

In this Tense work  is being done in the past on continuous basis.

In this Tense work is being done in the past and was continuing. For this tense was & were and first form of verb with ‘ing’   is used.
With first person singular and third person singular 'was' with 'first form of verb' and 'ing' is used.
With first person plural, second person singular and plural and third person plural ‘were’ with 'first form of verb' and 'ing' is used.

For example :
  • Girls were singing a song.
  • You were going to the market.
  • She was painting a picture.
  • We were taking our meals.

NEGATIVE SENTENCES

In negative sentences 'not' is used after 'was or 'were' and before verb.


Boys were not making a noise.
You were not taking your examination.
The gardener was not watering the plants.
We were not playing football.
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INTERROGATIVE SENTENCES


In interrogative sentences 'was' or 'were' is used before subject.  First form of verb with 'ing' is used. Interrogative sign is used at the end of the sentence..


 For example : 


Were you painting a picture?
Was I walking in the garden?
 Was she cooking food in the kitchen?
Were the boys playing a match?

In case of interrogative sentences starting with 'wh' the word with 'wh' is used in the beginning of the sentence. Here are some interrogative sentences starting with 'wh'.

1.Why was the child weeping ?
2. Whom were you finding out?
3. Where were you residing during this time?
4. Which boy was not participating in the contest?
5. Who was driving the car?
6. Whose child was weeping at that time?
7. When are you leaving for your office?
8. Where are the children going?
9. How was he feeling yesterday?
10. How many person were sitting in the room?
  



EXERCISE NO  1

Fill in the blanks using appropriate form of given verb in Past Continuous Tense.

1. Boys ....... ...... (throw) stones in the pond.

2. It ......  .........(rain)  yesterday.

3. The gardener ....... ...... (plant) plants.

4. We ......... .......... (walk) in the park.

5. You ...... ......... (obey) your father's orders.

EXERCISE NO  2

Fill in the blanks using appropriate form of given verb in Past Continuous Tense.

1. These boys .......  not ....... (do) their homework yesterday.

2. Children ........ not ...... (eat) oranges.

3. Stars ....... not .......  (twinkle) in the sky.

4. He ...... not ...... (attend) the office yesterday.

5. I ...... not ....... (bathe) in the pond.




EXERCISE NO 3

Fill in the blanks using appropriate form of given verb in Past Continuous Tense.

1. ....... she ......... (carry) a pitcher on her head?

2. .......... the children ........ (quarrel) among themselves?

3. ........ the boy ........ (hide) himself behind the tree ?

4. .......... the child ........ (sleep) in the cot?

5. .......... the father ........(read) a newspaper?

 EXERCISE NO  4

Fill in the blanks using appropriate form of given verb in Past Continuous Tense.

1. What ........ you ......(do) there?

2. How ....... the patient ........(feel) now?

3. When ....... she .......(plan) to start?

4. Where ....... the clothes ........ (lie) ?

5. What ....... the girls ....... (carry) on their heads?


EXERCISE NO  5

Fill in the blanks using appropriate form of given verb in Past Continuous Tense.

She  ......  ...........(sit) in a chair near the window. She ....  ........ (look) constantly outside the window. Perhaps she ....  ..........(wait) for some one to come. Far away the sun ...... ........(set) in the west. The shadows of trees ....... ......... (fall) on the ground. Some farmers ......  ........( go) along with herds of animals towards their homes.  Some women ....... ........(carry) logs of wood on their heads and ......  .........(head) towards their homes. A pall of  dust ..... ........ (fly) in the air. The dust in the air ......... ......... (make) the scene a little dim and unclear. All of sudden she saw that a motorcycle ........ ......... (come) from far towards her. She ...... .......(feel) very happy to see this. She got up from the chair and went towards the door. Standing there she saw that her brother ... .....(come) on a motorcycle. Her brother ....... ....... (return) home after a  long time. 







(ANSWERS)



EXERCISE NO  1

Fill in the blanks using appropriate form of given verb in Past Continuous Tense..

1. Boys  were throwing  stones in the pond.

2. It  was raining  yesterday.

3. The gardener was planting plants.

4. We were walking in the park.

5. You were obeying your father's orders.


EXERCISE NO  2

Fill in the blanks using appropriate form of given verb in Past Continuous Tense..

1. These boys were  not doing their homework yesterday.

2. Children were not eating oranges.

3. Stars were not twinkling  in the sky.

4. He was not attending the office yesterday.

5. I was not bathing in the pond.




EXERCISE NO 3

Fill in the blanks using appropriate form of given verb in Past Continuous Tense.

1. Was she carrying a pitcher on her head?

2. Were the children  quarrelling among themselves?

3. Was the boy hiding himself behind the tree ?

4. Was the child sleeping in the cot?

5. Was the father reading a newspaper?

 EXERCISE NO  4

Fill in the blanks using appropriate form of given verb in Past Continuous Tense.

1. What were you doing there?

2. How was the patient feeling now?

3. When was she planning  to start?

4. Where were the clothes lying) ?

5. What were the girls carrying on their heads?


EXERCISE NO  5

Fill in the blanks using appropriate form of given verb in Past Continuous Tense.

She was sitting in a chair near the window. She was looking constantly outside the window. Perhaps she  was waiting  for some one to come. Far away the sun was setting in the west. The shadows of trees were falling on the ground. Some farmers were going  along with herds of animals towards their homes.  Some women were carrying  logs of wood on their heads and  were heading towards their homes. A pall of  dust was flying in the air. The dust in the air was making  the scene a little dim and unclear. All of a sudden she saw that a motorcycle was coming from far towards her. She was feeling very happy to see this. She got up from the chair and went towards the door. Standing there she saw that her brother was coming on a motorcycle. Her brother was returning home after a  long time. 












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