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Le Past Be + ing est une forme du passé aussi appelée passé progressif ou 'past continuous'.

Il s'emploie, en général, pour exprimer une action en cours dans le passé, ce qui correspond à l'imparfait français. Il s'oppose au Simple Past, qui indique une action ponctuelle.

I was walking in my street, when a car stopped near me. Je marchais dans ma rue, quand une voiture s'arrêta près de moi.

Il se forme en conjugant l'auxiliaire 'be' au passé et en mettant le verbe à la forme 'ing'.

Il se conjugue de la manière suivante pour le verbe 'work':

Forme affirmative Forme négative Forme interrogative
complète complète contractée affirmative nég. contractée
I was working I was not working I wasn't working was I working? wasn't I working?
he was working he was not working he wasn't working was he working? wasn't he working?
we were working we were not working we weren't working were we working? weren't we working?
you were working you were not working you weren't working were you working? weren't you working?
they were working they were not working they weren't working were they working? weren't they working?
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Le Past Be + Ving est un des temps de be + Ving :

be + Ving Simple Perfect
Present I am working I have been working
Past I was working I had been working
 
Voix passive :
 
Forme affirmative Forme négative Forme interrogative  
complète complète contractée affirmative nég. contractée
I was being called I was not being called I wasn't being called Was I being called? Wasn't I being called?
he was being called he was not being called he wasn't being called Was he being called? Wasn't he being called?
we were being called we were not being called we weren't being called Were we being called? Weren't we being called?
you were being called you were not being called you weren't being called Were you being called? Weren't you being called?
they were being called they were not being called they weren't being called Were they being called? Weren't they being called?