Past Continuous: 'Verleden tijd in duurvorm'
--> past tense with focus on duration
We use the Past continuous to emphasize (US) / emphasise (UK) that an action was ongoing for a certain amount of time in the past.
We were telling each other jokes.
You were texting him all day.
Step 1: Either one of the following verbs:
was > I, he, she, it.
were > you, we, you, they.
Step 2: Infinitive + ing
were/was communicating, responding, inquiring
Was/were (not) (was > I, he, she, it, were > you, we, you, they)
Were you listening when I told you the news?
You weren't listening just now, were you?
An action that took place in the past for a certain amount of time (past continuous 1) got interrupted by another action (past simple 2).
I was taking (1) a shower when the phone rang (2).
They were talking (1) when I walked (2) into the room.
Past continuous x 2 > two events taking place within the same short period of time in the past
I was taking (1) a shower while my mother was doing (1) the dishes.
They were preparing (1) supper as I was leaving (1) to go to ballet class.