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Tenses PRACTICE (1): Focus on The Past Simple vs. The Past Continuous




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Let's PRACTICE Tenses: 

Focus on The Past Simple vs. 
Past Continuous
 
 
 
 1) Try to learn about when to use these two tenses: the past simple and past continuous:
 
  
 
 
 
 2)  

Put the verbs between brackets in the past simple or past 

continuous


 
(Choose the right choices given)
 

1.     He (talk) with Mary, when I (come)  in.

2.    I (surf)  the Internet for more than two hours last night.

3.     Jane (sleep)  when the telephone rang.

4.    As I (walk)  to the lab, I (meet)  my friend.

5.    She (dance)   when she (hurt)  her ankle.

6.   It (rain)  heavily when I (got)  up.

7.   While I (cross)  the street, I (see) an accident.

8.   
Yesterday evening, as I (watch)  my favourite TV program, the light (go)  out.
 

9.   

While my mother (cook
 
couscous, my father (readthe Holy Qur'an.
 

 

10. 

While the teacher (explain)  the lesson, two students (chat)  in a loud voice. So, the teacher (send)  them out.

 

11.

 I (wait)  for the bus for two hours until I (lose)  my patience and (decide)  to go back home.