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Simple past + past continuous #1 (permalink) Wed Jul 19, 2006 4:39 am   Simple past + past continuous
 

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #90 "Tenses (1)", question 3

Before you telephoned, I ......... watching television.

(a) was
(b) will be
(c) am
(d) have

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #90 "Tenses (1)", answer 3

Before you telephoned, I was watching television.

Correct answer: (a) was
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Simple past + past continuous #2 (permalink) Wed Jul 19, 2006 7:12 am   Simple past + past continuous
 

Quote:
Before you telephoned, I was watching television.

Correct answer: (a) was


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Simple past + past continuous #3 (permalink) Wed Jul 19, 2006 7:12 am   Simple past + past continuous
 

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Was: I was watching TV before you phoned.
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Oops, sorry. Hi, Alan.

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Simple past + past continuous #4 (permalink) Sun Sep 25, 2011 18:53 pm   Simple past + past continuous
 

The past continuous tense:

Is formed of the verb to be + present participle.

Used:

1.for past actions whose exact limits are not known. Used without a time expression it can indicate a gradual development:
For exp: It getting darker. The wind rising
2.used with time expressions implies in the middle of sth
for exp: At eight he was having breakfast.
3. We repalce the time expression with a verb the simple past tense.
When the postman arrived I was talking on the telephone.
4. We use it in descriptions. Note the combination of description (past cont.) with narrative (simple past)
We were watching tv, the baby was sleeping in the other room. Suddenly we heard a knock on the door. I stopped watching TV and came to open the door.

Indirect speech: the present continuous becomes past continuous.
I said,' I am studying now.'
indirect speech:I said I was studying now.
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Simple past + past continuous #5 (permalink) Tue Sep 27, 2011 13:34 pm   Simple past + past continuous
 

Before you telephoned, I was watching television.
Before you telephoned, I had been watching television.

please tell me difference between them.thank you
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Simple past + past continuous #6 (permalink) Tue Sep 27, 2011 13:50 pm   Simple past + past continuous
 

There is no difference in meaning. The first is better style because 'before' defines the order of events, so past perfect is uncalled for.
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