Topic 44: मैं चाय पी रहा था I was drinking tea (past continuous)

Context: Tara asks Salim about his phone conversation with Vivek.

बातचीत

तारा - तुम किससे बातचीत कर रहे थे?

सलीम - मैं विवेक से बातचीत कर रहा था।

तारा - वह कहाँ से बोल रहा था?

सलीम - वह दफ़्तर से बोल रहा था।

तारा - वह क्या काम कर रहा था ?

सलीम - जी, वह आरकिटेक्ट है, वह नक़्शा बना रहा था।

Conversation

Tara - Who were you talking to?

Salim - I was talking to Vivek.

Tara - Where was he speaking from?

Salim - He was speaking from his office.

Tara - What was he doing?

Salim - Okay, he is an architect, he was making a design.

Notes: the past continuous tense

The past continuous tense gives the sense that an action was in the process of taking place in the past. It is formed in the same way as the continuous present, but, instead of adding हूँ, है, हो, हैं by adding, था, थे, थी, थीं.
The past continuous of the verb जाना to go

Masculine

Feminine

Singular

मैं जा रहा था

मैं जा रही थी

I was going

तू जा रहा था

तू जा रही थी

you were going

यह जा रहा था

यह जा रही थी

he/she/it was going (near reference)

वह जा रहा था

वह जा रही थी

he/she/it was going (far reference)

Plural

हम जा रहे थे

हम जा रही थीं

we were going

तुम जा रहे थे

तुम जा रही थीं

you were going

आप जा रहे थे

आप जा रही थीं

you were going

ये जा रहे थे

ये जा रही थीं

they were going (near reference)

वे जा रहे थे

वे जा रही थीं

they were going (far reference)

Do not use the continuous tenses in Hindi to refer to body states like ‘sitting’. This implies in Hindi that the person is involved in the action of sitting down.

Instead in Hindi you say ‘I was sat on the chair’ and you can treat ‘sat’ as an adjective that agrees with the gender and number of the person ‘sitting’.

This also applies as well to lying down.

Vocabulary

बातचीत

nf.

conversation

बातचीत करना

vt.

to converse, to have a conversation

बोलना

vi.

to speak

कहना

vt.

to say

पलंग

nm.

bed

लेटना

vi.

to lie down (living beings)

तैरना

vi.& vt.

to swim, to swim across

आराम करना

vt.

to relax

सैर करना

vt.

to stroll, wander

घूमना

vi.

to wander, tour

धूप खाना

vt.

to sunbathe