JLPT N4 Grammar (te ita)


was doing something (past continuous)

How to use

Verb (て form)いた
te ita ていた ていた jlpt n4 grammar meaning 文法 例文 japanese flashcards

Learn Japanese grammar: (te ita) / (te imashita). Meaning: was doing something (past continuous).

In spoken form, the い is often dropped to become てた (te ta) or てました (te mashita).

How to conjugate past continuous form (te ita)

This grammar point requires you convert the verb to て-form. After you do that, all you do is add いた at the end. In case you need it, here is a reminder on how to conjugate て-form. If not, skip ahead to the examples.

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- Example Sentences

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Example #1

kanojo wa orenji o tabeteita.
She was eating an orange.
Example #2

kyou wa ie de yukkuri shiteimashita.
I relaxed at home today.
Example #3

watashi wa hitobanjuu naiteita.
I cried all night.
Example #4

kare wa kono nyuusu o shinpai shiteita.
He was worried about this news.
Example #5

kesa, jibun no heya o souji shiteimashita.
I cleaned my room this morning.
Example #6

anata wa kyuujitsu wa nani o shiteta no desu ka.
What did you do on your day off?
Example #7

kanojo ni raburetaa o kaiteita n da yo.
I was writing her a love letter.
Example #8

nihon no gakkou de eigo o oshitete ita toki, otto ni deatta.
I met my husband while teaching English in Japan.

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