Past Simple vs Past Continuous 1
Match the sentences with their functions. The tiles in the right-hand column are sortable. ANSWERS
- The Johnsons bought their car a long time ago.
- She studied Spanish when she was a child.
- While David was watching TV, I was reading a book.
- As I was crossing the street, I heard a scream.
- Steve got up, put on his jacket and left without a word.
- They were continually arguing about money.
- You talked on the phone for forty minutes.
- Between three and six Susan was painting.
- People paid far more to make phone calls in the past.
- She was becoming more and more angry.
- parallel actions
- frequently repeated actions in the past
- interrupted action in the past
- actions in progress at a specific point
- past facts or generalizations
- completed action in the past
- gradual development in the past
- duration in the past
- habits and states in the past
- a series of completed actions