Past continuous come si forma

Come si formano le frasi affermative interrogative e negative

past continuous come si forma

was/were + present participle

Il past continuous inglese si forma con il verbo essere al simple past ed il verbo nella ing form :

I was doing io stavo facendo

You were doing tu stavi facendo

He/she was doing egli stava facendo

we were doing noi stavamo facendo

they were doing essi stavano facendo

If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?
se avessimo saputo quello che stavamo facendo, non si sarebbe chiamata ricerca, non e' vero?
Albert Einstein

la forma negativa
soggetto + was/were + not + ing form

I wasn't thinking to buy a new car
non stavo valutando di comprare una macchina nuova

you weren't having a nap when i called you
non stavi facendo un pisolino quando ti ho chiamato.

he wasn't talking to his boss
non stava parlando con il suo capo

she wasn't calling her boyfriend
non stava chiamando il suo fidanzato

it wasn't raining
non stava piovendo

we weren't being happy because the team was playing badly
noi non eravamo felici perche' la squadra stava giocando male

you were not going to the sea yesterday morning
ieri mattina non stavate andando al mare

they were not doing their work properly
non stavo facendo il loro lavoro in maniera corretta.

la forma interrogativa
was/were + soggetto +ing form

was I driving in the right direction?
stavo guidando nella direzione giusta?

were you looking for your keys?
stavi cercando le tue chiavi?

was he having fun?
(lui) si stava divertendo?

was she cooking the meal?
stava (lei) cucinando il pasto?

was it raining?
stava piovendo?

were we insisting to get more money?
stavamo insistendo per avere piu' soldi?

were you talking with mr smith?
stavate parlando con mr smith?

they were leading the group
(essi) stavano guidando il gruppo


  • past continuous quando si usa
  • esercizi past continuous
  • differenze tra past simple e past continuous
  • esercizi past simple e past continuous

    la forma interrogativo negativa
    wasn't/weren't + soggetto +ing form

    wasn't I walking very fast?
    non stavo camminando molto veloce?

    weren't you changing your mind?
    non stavi cambiando idea?

    wasn't he driving too fast?
    non stava guidando troppo veloce?

    wasn't she having a party yesterday at this time?
    non stavano partecipando ad una festa ieri a quest'ora?

    wasn't it raining yesterday evening?
    non stava piovendo ieri pomeriggio?

    weren't we enjoying the movie ?
    non si stavano godendo il film?

    weren't you anwering propetly?
    non stavano rispondendo correttamente?

    weren't they studying math for the exam?
    non stavamo studiano matematica per l'esame?


    past continuous inglese : risposte brevi (short answers)

    le short answers si usano quando la risposta più opportuna è un semplice si o no. E' preferibile non limitarsi al si o al no, ma si usare seguente costruzione :

    yes + soggetto + was/were wasn't/weren't
    no + soggetto + was/were wasn't/weren't

    Were you playing a game ?
    = Stavate giocando a qualche gioco?
    le possibili risposte sono:
    no we weren't
    yes we were

    was Luca sleeping in the couch?
    Luca stava dormendo nel divano?
    le possibili risposte sono :
    Yes, he was
    No, he wasn't


    esempi e frasi col past continuous

    le frasi affermative negative e interrogative del past continuous inglese

    la forma affermativa:
    soggetto + was/were + ing form

    I was having a shower
    stavo facendo una doccia

    you were going to school
    stavi andando a scuola

    he was doing yoga
    stava facendo yoga

    she was eating an apple
    lei stava mangiando una mela

    it was snowing
    stava nevicando

    we were watching tv
    noi stavamo guardando la televisione

    you were winnng tha match
    stavi vincendo la partita

    they were losing the game
    stavano perdendo il gioco