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What was happening ...?

Past Continuous

Use the past continuous to express what was occurring at a precise moment in the past. The past continuous is often used together with the simple past to express an interrupted action. The action which was interrupted is expressed using the past continuous, while the action which caused the interruption takes the past simple.

Positive Form:

Subject + to be + verb + ing + objects

The operators were going to work on the raw materials when the alarm went off.

Negative Form:

Subject + to be + not + verb + ing + objects

They weren't considering all of the factors when they noticed it was affecting the gross profit.

Question Form:

Wh? + to be + subject + verb + ing?

Who was the endorser talking to while she was signing the check?

NOTE: The past continuous is often used together with the simple past to express an interrupted action. The action which was interrupted is expressed using the past continuous, while the action which caused the interruption takes the past simple.

The operators were going to work on the raw materials when the alarm went off.

Company A was eyeing a hostile takeover of Company B when the government intervened.

What were you doing when the endorser arrived?

The company wasn't going to announce the closing date until Investments Group called us.