Lesson 1 - Grammar - SHOPPING - Page3
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.
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.