Friends, I can understand that “Simple Past Tense” was not that “simple” 🙂 🙂
So to give you some relief here comes “Past Continuous Tense”. It follows a good old structure like “future continuous”.
Here the verb is formed according to subjective/doer of the action like future Continuous Tense

The sentence structure in the Past Continuous Tense is:

Pronoun         Verb+त (t)                       Form of असणे(“asaNe”) in Simple Past tense
मी ( mI )           चाल(chAl) + त (t)              होतो ( hoto )

Example 1:

For I(male) Form of असणे(“asaNe”) in Simple Past Is होतो (hoto)
The full sentence
I was walking –> मी ( mI ) चाल(chAl) + त (t) होतो (hoto) –> मी चालत होतो (mI chAlat hoto)

Example 2:

For I(Female) Form of असणे(“asaNe”) in Simple Past Is होते (hote)
The full sentence
I was walking –> मी ( mI ) चाल(chAl) + त (t) होते (hote) –> मी चालत होते (mI chAlat hote)

Example 3:

For They (Plural of She) Form of असणे(“asaNe”) in Simple Past Is होत्या (hotyA)
The full sentence
They were watching –> त्या (tyA) बघ(bagh) + त (t) होत्या (hotyA )–> त्या बघत होत्या (tyA baghat hotyA)

So below table summarizes

Pronoun in EnglishPronoun in MarathiSuffix for common
verbs in
Past Continuous
Form of असणे (“asaNe”)
in Marathi in Simple
Past Tense
Combined suffix
Past Continuous
I (male)मीत (t)होतोत होतोt hoto
I (female)मीत (t)होतेत होतेt hote
weआम्हीत (t)होतोत होतोt hoto
we ( listener including)आपणत (t)होतोत होतोt hoto
You (singular male)तूत (t)होतासत होतास
t hotAs
You (singular female)
तूत (t)होतीसत होतीसt hotIs
You (plural)तुम्हीत (t)होतात होताt hotA
He / That (m.) / This (m.)तो / तो / हात (t)होतात होताt hotA
She / That (f.)/ This (f.)ती / ती / हीत (t)होतीत होतीt hotI
It / That(n.) / This (n.)ते / ते / हेत (t)होतेत होतेt hote
They (Plural of He) /
Those (m.) /These (m.)
ते / ते / हेत (t)होतेत होतेt hote
They (Plural of She) /
Those (f.) / These (f.)
त्या / त्या / ह्यात (t)होत्यात होत्याt hotyA
They (Plural of it) /
Those (n.) / These (n.)
ती / ती / हीत (t)होतीत होतीt hotI


I ( male) was doing. मी करत होतो ( mI karat hoto )
I (female) was doing. मी करत होते ( mI karat hote )
We were dancing. आम्ही/आपण नाचत होतो ( AmhI/ApaN nAchat hoto )
You (male) were crying. तू रडत होतास ( tU raDat hotAs )
You (female) were crying . तू रडत होतीस ( tU raDat hotIs )
You (Plural) were walking तुम्ही चालत होता ( tumhI chAlat hotA )
He was walking. तो चालत होता ( to chAlat hotA )
She was speaking. ती बोलत होती ( tI bolat hotI )
It was moving. ते हलत होते ( te halat hote)
They(Plural of he) were dancing. ते नाचत होते ( te nAchat hote)
They(Plural of She) were dancing. त्या नाचत होत्या ( tyA nAchat hotyA )
They(Plural of it) were dancing. ती नाचत होती ( tI nAchat hotI )

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