Construcción: was/were + gerundio (verbo + ing)
(1) Usamos el pasado continuo para hablar sobre una acción en el pasado que se prolongaba o que estaba a punto de ser interrumpida.
- I was studying yesterday for over five hours.
- You were watching the game yesterday when your mum came in. (‘your mum came in’ está interrumpiendo la acción ‘watching the game’).
- What were you doing on Saturday? I was playing video games.
(2) Se usa el pasado continuo para hablar sobre acciones paralelas en el pasado (más de una acción sucediendo a la vez).
- They were working yesterday while their colleagues were enjoying their time outside.
- She was helping her friend while her friend was cleaning her room.
(3) Podemos usar el pasado continuo para hablar sobre el ambiente del pasado.
- When we entered the mall there were people yelling and shoppers were screaming at one another.
- Yesterday when I went to the football game I saw that people were happily cheering on their local teams.
(4) Recuerda, generalmente usamos adverbios con el pasado continuo para modificar el verbo, adjetivos u otros adverbios que van en la misma oración. Adverbios como; only, just, still, ever, always, sometimes, etc.
- What were you doing in the office after hours yesterday? I was just hanging around to see if could find my friend.
- She was never going to see him in the first place.
- When she arrived yesterday I was still waiting for her for over thirty minutes.