Use of Was to Tell About Continuous Action

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To tell about continuous action.

In the sentence was used with another verb.

In these sentences we use was as a helping verb with the main verb. We should use the present participle of the verb that was -ing form of a verb. The sentence will be in the form-

I / He/ she/ it/ any singular subject + was + ing form of main verb.

Here are some examples.

Have a look-

  1. Sarika was going to her home town.
     (main verb go+ ing)
  2. He was coming for our college annual function.
    (main verb come+ ing)
  3. She was studying in a college library.
    (main verb study+ ing)
  4. He was teaching philosophy.
    (main verb teach+ ing)
  5. It was eating fruit under a tree.
    (main verb eat+ ing)
  6. Shalaka was observing the painting.
    (main verb observe+ ing)
  7. Saurabh was carrying his tiffin.
    (main verb carry+ ing)
  8. Cat was playing on the roof.
    (main verb play+ ing)
  9. She was stitching a gown.
    (main verb stitch+ ing)
  10. He was collecting postage stamps.
    (main verb collect+ ing)
  11. She was fixing a gas cylinder.
    (main verb fix+ ing)
  12. He was fetching water from a water tanker.
  13. She was solving an example of Mathematics.
     (main verb solve+ ing)
  14. He was calling you yesterday.
    (main verb call+ ing)
  15. Dr. Sarika was diagnosing the condition of the patient.
    (main verb diagnose+ ing)
  16. She was examining the types of plants.
    (main examine+ ing)
  17. A dog was waiting for food.
    (main verb wait+ ing)
  18. Rati was inquiring about a psychiatrist.
    (main verb inquire+ ing)
  19. She was classifying vegetables.
    (main verb classify+ ing)
  20. Monkey was chasing the dog.
    (main verb drink+ ing)
  21. Maid was asking about salary.
    (main verb chase+ ing)
  22. A lion was licking its wound.
    (main verb lick+ ing)
  23. Parrot was speaking with us.
    (main verb speak+ ing)
  24. She was painting her house.
    (main verb paint+ ing)
  25. He was choosing a dress for his son.
    (main verb choose+ ing)
  26. Rati was clarifying the issue.
    (main verb clarify+ ing)
  27. Soham was thinking to join party.
    (main verb think+ ing)
  28. Parth was deciding to work from Monday.
    (main verb decide+ ing)
  29. Rashi was developing an educational website.
    (main verb develop+ ing)
  30. She was packing a gift for her brother.
    (main verb pack+ ing)


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