All about the past continuous (or past progressive) tense.
Forming the Past Continuous Tense
When to Use the Past Continuous Tense
- Interrupted action in the past
They were waiting for the strain when I spoke to them.
- Parallel actions
I was studying while my brother was watching TV.
- A series of parallel actions
When I came to the school, the school bell was ringing, many students were running towards the garden, teachers were going out from classrooms.
- Story background
While I was driving to work yesterday…
- Past habit
My mom wasalwayscomplaining about my room when she got there.
- Specific time as an interruption
Last night at 6 p.m., I was eating dinner.
- Emphasis of length of action
I was working in the garden all day.
- Arrangement in the past
I was upset because I was leaving this place that morning.