Use the Past Simple or the Past Continuous instead of the infinitives in brackets.
Note.Remember that when we want to express a period of time in the past, we usually use the Past Simple. The Past Continuous expresses an action going on at a definite moment in the past.
M o d e l s : We livedthere for 10 years.
They waitedfor us for an hour.
1. We (to walk) in silence for a long time. Nobody (to want) to speak. 2. We (to walk) in silence when he suddenly (to ask) me if I (can) help him. 3. He (to wait) there for half an hour, but nobody (to come). 4. I just (to have) breakfast when the telephone (to ring). When I (to come) back to my coffee it (to be) almost cold. 5. I (to speak) to her several times, but she (to read) and (not to hear) me. 6. Ann (to drop) two cups while she (to wash) up last night, but neither of the cups (to break). 7. I (to walk) for a quarter of an hour and (to watch) what (to go on) around me: fast cars (to rush) in both directions, and ft (to be) impossible to cross the street. 8. The old man who (to sit) on the bench beside me (to keep) silent for some time. Then he (to ask) me if I (to know) him. 9. She (to teach) Russian for two years when she (to live) in France. 10. He (to remember) the day when he first (to go) to school. 11. We (to talk) about Jim when he (to run) into the room. 12. I (to stand) at the window for some time; the sun (to shine), and I (to decide) to go for a walk. 13. For a quarter of an hour or so he (to lie) motionless, he (can) not make himself get up. 14. Alison and Cassie (to talk) on the staircase as I went down.
10. Put the verbs in brackets into the Past Simple or the Past Continuous Tense.
1. He (write) a letter when I (see) him. 2. Harry (do) his work while his brothers (play) games. 3.The man (fall) down as he (run) for the bus. 4.We (sing) a song when George (come) into the room. 5. While the teacher (give) a lesson, a small dog (walk) into the room. 6. When the telephone bell (ring), I (work) in the garden. 7. My hat (flow) off when I (cross) the bridge. 8. The rain (begin) to fall while we (watch) the game. 9. Just as I (get) interested in my work, I (have) to go home. 10.He (lose) his pocket-book while he (see) the sights of Rome. 11. Jack (do) his homework when his father (come) home from work. 12. Mary (wear) her new dress when I (meet) her yesterday. 13.The pupils still (write) their compositions when the bell (ring). 14. She (walk) along the street when she (see) an old friend. 15. The woman was very tired, and she (lie) on her bed when her children (come) home from school. 16. The sun (rise) when I (wake) up this morning. 17. The sick child (sleep) when the doctor (come). 18. I (read) the newspaper when I (hear) a strange noise. 19. It (rain) hard when I (go) out this morning. 20. We (listen) to the wireless when the telephone bell (ring). 21. The little boy (fish) when he (fall) into the river. 22. Jack's mother (cook) the dinner when he (come) home from school. 23. A lot of people (see) this accident while they (wait) for the bus. 24. He often (go) to the British Museum when he (study) at London University. 25. He (fall) down and (break) his leg while he (play) football. 26. The travellers (reach) the town just as the sun (set). 27. The boy (jump) off the bus while it (go). 28. The hunter (shoot) and (kill) the lion just as it (jump) on him. 29. Mary's mother often (sing) while she (cook) in the kitchen. 30. The old man never (go) out when it (rain). 31. The travellers (see) some camels as they (cross) the desert. 32. The gardener (find) a box full of money when he (dig) in the garden. 33. When I (go) out this morning, the sun (shine) and the birds (sing). It was a beautiful morning. I (walk) to the nearest park and sat down on the grass. But while I (sit) there, black clouds gathered and (hide) the sun. It (begin) to rain heavily, so I (run) home. My hat (fall) off as I (run). 34. Jack's father (read) a book last night when he (hear) a noise in the garden. He (open) the window and looked out. It (be) a dark night and at first he could see nothing. But just as he (shut) his window, he (see) a man. The man (try) to climb over the garden wall. He was a thief. When he saw Jack's father at the window, he (jump) off the wall and ran away. Jack's father (run) after him. There was a car at the end of the street. The thief reached the car but just as he (get) into it. Jack's father (catch) him.