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Now read this dialogue.


Tim: So how did you get back home last night? Any adventures on the way?

Jack: I simply walked. It was only 15 minutes. Nice and quiet.

Tim: You were lucky then. I wanted to walk home as well but while I was walking I saw some guys fighting outside that bar so I took a taxi – thank God it was there – and got home safely. It was a bit expensive, though.



  • Jack says: “I walked” in the simple past but Tim says: “I was walking” in the past continuous. Can you see why? Click on the explanation to see if you were right.



PAST CONTINUOUS

I/He/She/It

was

reading
writing
working
We/You/They
were



Look at some more examples showing the difference between the simple past and the past continuous.


I was watching TV when the phone rang.

I was walking to work when I met David.

While I was helping Tim with the luggage, I hurt my back.



Now look at this example. Can you see the difference between these two sentences? The children a chance to see the whole movie only in one of them. Can you guess in which one and why?


1. When the children arrived, we were watching a movie.

2. When the children arrived, we watched a movie.


  • Click on the explanation to see if you were right.

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