past continuous negative

Point 39 in the category of PAST is past continuous NEGATIVE


TLC STUDENT SPEAKING TEST:

(discussing saving money as a child)

was saving. I was not eating chocolates.

was just spending my money on my studies.

male India B1


An iWeb search:

_VBD _XX _VVG

1 WAS N’T GOING 29202
2 WAS NOT GOING 16267
3 WERE NOT GOING 12242
4 WAS N’T WORKING 8222
5 WAS N’T EXPECTING 8109
6 WERE N’T GOING 8090
7 WAS NOT WORKING 6612
8 WAS N’T GETTING 5244
9 WAS N’T LOOKING 4281
10 WERE NOT TALKING 3855
11 WAS N’T TRYING 3732
12 WAS NOT EXPECTING 3708
13 WAS N’T THINKING 2721
14 WAS N’T FEELING 2602
15 WAS NOT GETTING 2512
16 WERE NOT WORKING 2413
17 WAS NOT WEARING 2326
18 WERE N’T GETTING 2320
19 WERE NOT GETTING 2231
20 WAS N’T PAYING 2128
21 WAS NOT LOOKING 2118
22 WERE N’T EXPECTING 2115
23 WAS N’T MAKING 1956
24 WERE N’T WORKING 1896
25 WAS N’T USING 1884
26 WAS N’T PLAYING 1884
27 WAS N’T WEARING 1838
28 WERE NOT LOOKING 1783
29 WAS N’T PLANNING 1758
30 WERE N’T LOOKING 1623
31 WAS N’T TALKING 1573
32 WAS NOT TRYING 1537
33 WERE NOT USING 1485
34 WAS N’T TAKING 1481
35 WERE NOT TRYING 1456
36 WAS N’T COMING 1432
37 WERE NOT EXPECTING 1414
38 WAS NOT USING 1357
39 WAS NOT MAKING 1287
40 WERE NOT SAYING 1233
41 WAS NOT FEELING 1173
42 WAS NOT TAKING 1144
43 WAS N’T HAPPENING 1114
44 WAS N’T RUNNING 1052
45 WAS N’T SAYING 1033
46 WERE N’T TRYING 1032
47 WERE N’T USING 1032
48 WERE NOT WEARING 1028
49 WERE N’T PAYING 1004
50 WERE NOT TAKING 999
51 WAS N’T GON 998
52 WAS NOT RUNNING 975
53 WERE NOT MAKING 969
54 WERE N’T PLAYING 910
55 WAS NOT THINKING 895
56 WAS N’T MOVING 882
57 WAS N’T GIVING 859
58 WERE N’T MAKING 855
59 WAS N’T KIDDING 843
60 WAS NOT COMING 815
61 WAS NOT PAYING 804
62 WAS N’T EATING 757
63 WAS NOT MOVING 719
64 WAS N’T HELPING 718
65 WAS N’T SHOWING 713
66 WAS NOT TALKING 713
67 WAS NOT PLANNING 707
68 WAS NOT BREATHING 701
69 WAS NOT PLAYING 688
70 WAS N’T SEEING 650
71 WAS NOT ACTING 650
72 WAS NOT GIVING 650
73 WERE NOT PAYING 633
74 WERE N’T TAKING 615
75 WAS N’T ASKING 608
76 WAS N’T LYING 603
77 WERE N’T COMING 594
78 WAS N’T BREATHING 584
79 WAS N’T LISTENING 578
80 WERE NOT RECEIVING 575
81 WAS NOT SHOWING 573
82 WERE N’T TALKING 573
83 WERE N’T PLANNING 565
84 WERE N’T THINKING 557
85 WAS NOT RESPONDING 552
86 WAS NOT SAYING 540
87 WAS NOT REFERRING 527
88 WAS NOT SPEAKING 521
89 WAS NOT LIVING 514
90 WAS N’T WATCHING 512
91 WAS N’T BUYING 495
92 WERE N’T KIDDING 493
93 WAS N’T REFERRING 486
94 WAS NOT HAPPENING 486
95 WAS NOT FUNCTIONING 482
96 WAS NOT HELPING 478
97 WERE NOT SEEING 474
98 WERE NOT GIVING 471
99 WERE NOT PLANNING 471
100 WAS NOT EATING 463


A2:

happening, lying, moving, receiving, trying

B1:
acting, breathing, expecting, planning

B2:

responding
C2:
referring


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