SIMPLE PAST & PAST CONTINUOUS (while-when)

PAST CONTINUOUS TENSE

Join the sentences by using while and when.

1) I hurt my knee. I was playing football.

———————————————– . (when)

———————————————-. (while)

2) They were talking about the exam results. The manager came in.

______________________________________________________. (when)

______________________________________________________. (while)

3) Gaye lost her wallet. She was walking in a crowded street.

______________________________________________________.(when)

______________________________________________________. (while)

4) Somebody stole my i-pod. I was speaking to a friend on the phone.

_______________________________________________________. (when)

_______________________________________________________. (while)

5) We were getting ready for the picnic. It started to rain.

_______________________________________________________.(when)

_______________________________________________________. (while)

KEY

1. I was playing football when I hurt my knee.

While I was playing fotball, I hurt my knee.

2. When the manager came in, they were talking about the exam results.

While they were talking about the exam results, the manager came in.

3. When Gaye lost her wallet, she was walking in a crowded street.

Gaye lost her wallet while she was walking in a crowded street.

4. I was speaking to a friend on the phone when somebody stole my i-pod.

While I was speaking to a friend on the phone, somebody stole my i-pod.

5. We were getting ready for the picnic when it started to rain.

While we were getting ready for the picnic, it started to rain.

22 thoughts on “SIMPLE PAST & PAST CONTINUOUS (while-when)

  1. hello. Well, I learned we must use “while” to mean two actions or more ones are happening in the meantime. For example: I was litening to music while my mom was cooking.And we must use “when” to mean an action is interrupted for another one. For example: I was coming out when it began to rain. What do you think?

  2. Hi,
    As you said we use “while” with past continuous. However, it is possible to use “when” with past continuous tense. We usually use “while” with past continuous. I mean it is not a rule not to use “when” with past continuous.

  3. we did that exercisez in the class and before the English exam .Really those are so useful to our learn
    Thank you …

  4. Incridible story admin. You just help my homework for next exam Thanks admin

  5. you said the we use while befor the past continous tens but I have some sentences with the past tense
    Joe and Rita listened to music while they stidied.
    we have here past tense after whlie ???
    please tell me

  6. Thanks.the test was very simple.You should ask more difficult because I have a test tomorrow :(

  7. I made use of this exercise in my class for 8th grade students.. Thank you for your contribution..

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