What were you saying ? I wasn’t listening … I was just presuming that… Hum… I’m terribly sorry…
What were you doing last night at 10:25, Ms. Jamieson? I was dinning out with the Parksons. She has a good alibi, I dare say,Holmes,don’t you think?…
Speculating... Mr. Bullock was climbing the stairs when he tripped and fell… Mr. Bullock climbed the stairs when he tripped and fell… Upon my faith,Watson…That’s it!
Past Simple Past Continuous
Details of actions that finished in the past
Action in progress at a definite time in the past
The action was still happening when another action started in the past
Did you hear or see anything strange last night at 10:25? I was preparing to go to bed when I heard someone screaming. Well, I was trying to read last night around 10:15 when I saw a strange light at my window.
Past Continuous Mr.Bullock and Ms. Jamieson were arguing about something… … when I walked into the room. Past Simple
Could you tell me what you were doing exactly at 10,25 last Monday ? Did you see or hear anything suspicious? Strange…
While / As + Past Continuous Years ago / in ( year)/ from (year ) to ( year) + Past Simple Last…/ yesterday + Past Simple
I was waiting for an imp ort ant cal l. 4) While Mr. Emerson was reading the little girl a story , … a) I got a package in the b) mail .When I opened it… I cal led Roger at nine last nig ht,… c) I found a surprise. 1) Why weren’t you at the meeting place? d) but he was at the library studying . 2) she fell asle ep, so he closed the boo k . 3)