We use the past progressive to say what was (not) happening around (before, at and perhaps after) a past time.

Affirmative: (pro)noun + was, were + verb with -ing (we always add -ing at the end of the verbs in this tense)
I saw my English teacher while I was going to school.

Negative: (pro)noun + was, were + not + verb with -ing
He wasn't wearing his glasses.

Interrogative: was, were + (pro)noun + verb with -ing
Was he going to school?

Short answers:
Yes, he was. Or, No he wasn't.

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