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Past Simple vs. Past Continuous

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    Complete the sentences with the correct form of the verb: Use past simple or past continuous.
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  • While Tom __________ (read) , Amely __________ (watch) a documentary on TV.
    While Tom was reading, Amely was watching a documentary on TV.
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  • Marvin __________ (come) home, __________ (switch) on the computer and __________ (check) his emails.
    Marvin came (come) home, switched (switch) on the computer and checked (check) his emails.
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  • The thief __________ (sneak) into the house, __________ (steal) the jewels and __________ (leave) without a trace.
    The thief snuck (sneak) into the house, stole (steal) the jewels and left (leave) without a trace.
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  • Nobody __________ (listen) while the teacher __________ (explain) the tenses.
    Nobody was listening (listen) while the teacher was explaining (explain) the tenses.
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  • While we __________ (do) a sight-seeing tour, our friends __________ (lie) on the beach.
    While we were doing (do) a sight-seeing tour, our friends were lying (lie) on the beach.
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  • He __________ (wake) up and __________ (look) at his alarm clock.
    He woke (wake) up and looked (look) at his alarm clock.
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  • We __________ (wait) for Jane, when suddenly Louis __________ (come) around the corner.
    We were waiting (wait) for Jane, when suddenly Louis came (come) around the corner.
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  • I __________ (cycle) through the park, when I __________ (hear) a strange noise.
    I was cycling (cycle) through the park, when I heard (hear) a strange noise.
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  • He __________ (pass) her a message when the teacher __________ (look / not).
    He passed (pass) her a message when the teacher wasn't looking (look / not).
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  • I __________ (fall) asleep while I __________ (watch) TV last night.
    I fell (fall) asleep while I was watching (watch) TV last night.
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  • When Mike and Jane __________ (paint) the walls, their dog __________ (knock) over the paint pot.
    When Mike and Jane painted (paint) the walls, their dog knocked (knock) over the paint pot.
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  • Tom __________ (break) his leg when he __________ (play) frisbee.
    Tom broke (break) his leg when he was playing (play) frisbee.
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  • The phone __________ (ring) when I __________ (sit) on the toilet.
    The phone rang (ring) when I was sitting (sit) on the toilet.
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  • When I __________ (get) up yesterday, the sun __________ (shine) .
    When I got (get) up yesterday, the sun was shining (shine) .
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  • After one hour of cycling in sunshine, a big fat raincloud suddenly __________ (appear) and it __________ (start) to rain.
    After one hour of cycling in sunshine, a big fat raincloud suddenly appeared (appear) and it started (start) to rain.
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  • One man __________ (mow) the grass while his wife __________ (pick) strawberries.
    One man was mowing (mow) the grass while his wife was picking (pick) strawberries.
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  • I __________ (thank) the farmer for his hospitality and __________ (move) on.
    I thanked (thank) the farmer for his hospitality and moved (move) on.
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