past continuous affirmative

Here’s an expert example of past continuous affirmative:

was trying to get you back.

Listen to the pronunciation of this verb phrase.


Here are two English Grammar Profile points in the category of PAST:

A2 point 10

past continuous: actions and states in progress around a particular time in the past.

A2 point 16

past continuous: show that an event was happening in the background to the main event.


An iWeb search for:

was|were _VVG

1 WAS GOING 512221
2 WERE GOING 235936
3 WAS LOOKING 178301
4 WAS TRYING 133765
5 WAS WORKING 124405
6 WAS THINKING 120034
7 WAS GETTING 117198
8 WAS WONDERING 116277
9 WERE LOOKING 96635
10 WAS USING 74365
11 WAS COMING 69958
12 WAS HOPING 66614
13 WAS TALKING 66359
14 WAS MAKING 65425
15 WERE TALKING 64934
16 WERE TRYING 62369
17 WAS TAKING 61564
18 WAS PLAYING 58527
19 WAS RUNNING 57316
20 WERE GETTING 55178
21 WERE WORKING 50540
22 WAS HAPPENING 50108
23 WAS SITTING 48138
24 WERE USING 47600
25 WAS WEARING 43266
26 WAS DRIVING 43056
27 WAS SAYING 38531
28 WAS MISSING 37396
29 WAS EXPECTING 36536
30 WAS LIVING 34811
31 WERE MAKING 34393
32 WAS READING 33366
33 WAS WALKING 32910
34 WAS WATCHING 32405
35 WAS PLANNING

32089

was planning to go to college in Turkey.

PELIC STUDENT Turkish female level 3 writing class

 

36 WAS FEELING 31187
37 WAS STANDING 30946
38 WAS WAITING 30662
39 WERE TAKING 30503
40 WAS STARTING 29537
41 WERE PLAYING 29133
42 WERE COMING 28700
43 WAS GROWING 28253
44 WAS TELLING 23698
45 WAS WRITING 23142
46 WERE RUNNING 23090
47 WERE LIVING 22486
48 WAS SPEAKING 21928
49 WAS MOVING 21804
50 WAS GIVING 21487
51 WAS HOLDING 21348
52 WAS ASKING 20745
53 WERE SAYING 20587
54 WERE HOPING 19899
55 WAS BECOMING 19800
56 WAS REFERRING 18922
57 WERE THINKING 18468
58 WAS LEAVING 17965
59 WAS SEEING 17775
60 WAS BEGINNING 17595
61 WERE WAITING 17333
62 WERE EXPECTING 17143
63 WERE SITTING 17106
64 WERE SEEING 17095
65 WAS GON 17023
66 WERE PLANNING 16854
67 WERE STARTING 16680
68 WAS CAUSING 16205
69 WAS LYING 16099
70 WAS CARRYING 16062
71 WAS STRUGGLING 15989
72 WAS PUTTING 15688
73 WERE MISSING 15296
74 WAS SUFFERING 14681
75 WAS SELLING 14537
76 WAS EATING 14455
77 WAS SHOWING 14053
78 WERE WATCHING 13858
79 WERE MOVING 13796
80 WAS RIDING 13257
81 WAS PREPARING 12781
82 WAS STAYING 12602
83 WERE WALKING 12563
84 WERE GIVING 12377
85 WERE ASKING 12315
86 WAS TRAVELING 12283
87 WAS ACTING 12258
88 WAS SEARCHING 12213
89 WAS LISTENING 11967
90 WAS VISITING 11865
91 WAS HELPING 11850
92 WAS FACING 11768
93 WERE STANDING 11620
94 WERE WONDERING 11516
95 WAS DYING 11375
96 WAS SLEEPING 11159
97 WAS HEADING 11136
98 WAS PAYING 11125
99 WERE DRIVING 11044
100 WAS EXPERIENCING 10987


A2 vocabulary:

becoming, growing, happening, holding, hoping, lying, missing, moving, preparing, selling, standing, trying