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Le Prétérit BE + ING

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Maintenant que le prétérit simple n'a plus de secrets pour vous, essayons de voir s'il en est de même avec le prétérit BE + ING.

Comme son nom l'indique, la formation de ce temps est basique: 

un auxiliaire porteur du prétérit  + un verbe en -ing

Quand utilise-t-on le prétérit BE + ING?

        --> pour décrire une action en déroulement dans le passé. 

Ex: What were you doing last night at 10 o' clock? I was watching TV.
(Que faisais tu hier soir à 22 heures? Je regardais la télévision.)

Ainsi vous allez pouvoir jongler simultanément avec prétérit simple et prétérit BE+ING lorsque vous souhaiterez opposer action en déroulement et action soudaine.

Ex: I was doing the washing up when you knocked at the door.
(J'étais en train de faire la vaisselle quand tu as frappé à la porte)

        --> pour décrire une situation provisoire.

Ex: He was living with his mother then.
(Il habitait avec sa mère à l'époque.)



Forme affirmative Forme négative Forme interrogative
I was playing...
(sujet +WAS + V-ing)
I was not playing...

I wasn't playing...
(sujet + WAS + not + V-ing)
..... was I playing?
(WAS + sujet + V-ing)
You were playing...
(Sujet + WERE + V-ing)
You were not playing...

You weren't playing...
(sujet + WERE + not + V-ing)
... were you playing?
(WERE + sujet + V-ing)
He was playing...


She was playing...


It was playing...

(sujet +WAS + V-ing)
He was not playing...
He wasn't playing...

She was not playing...
She wasn't playing...

It was not playing...
It wasn't playing...
(sujet + WAS + not + V-ing)
.... was he playing?


.... was
she playing?


.... was
it playing?
(WAS + sujet + V-ing)
We were playing...
(Sujet + WERE + V-ing)
We were not playing ...

We weren't playing...
(sujet + WERE + not + V-ing)
... were we playing?
(WERE + sujet + V-ing)
You were playing...
(Sujet + WERE + V-ing)
You were not playing...

You weren't playing...
(sujet + WERE + not + V-ing)
... were you playing?
(WERE + sujet + V-ing)
They were playing...
(Sujet + WERE + V-ing)
They were not playing...

They weren't playing...
(sujet + WERE + not + V-ing)
... were they playing?
(WERE + sujet + V-ing)