I. Practise the following according to the model.
Model: wash dishes.
A. What were you doing when you heard the crash?
B. I was washing the dishes.
1. listen to the radio. 2. watch television. 3. do exercises. 4. write my diary.
5. paint the door. 6. arrange flowers. 7 dust the room. 8. stand on my head.
II. Put the verbs in brackets into the Past Progressive Tense.
1. What you (do) yesterday at 10.20 p. m.? — Mr. X.: I (play) chess with my brother. — Mr. Y.: I (listen) to a play on the radio. 2. My wife and I (talk) about you the other day. 3. When I first met him he (study) painting. 4. Who you (talk) to on the telephone as I came in? — I (talk) to Mr. Smith. 5. Where he (live) when you saw him last? 6. Tom (sit) in a corner with a book. 7. I went into the garden to see what the boys (do). 8. The traffic made so much noise that I couldn't hear what he (say). 9. While he (learn) to drive he had twenty-five accidents. 10. From the sounds it was clear that Mary (practice) the piano. 11. John (work) all day yesterday. 12. He watched the children for a moment. Some of them (bathe) in the see, other (play) in the sand. 13. When I first met him he (work) in a restaurant. 14. One winter evening the old man and his wife (sit) by the fire. The old man (smoke) his pipe and (read) the paper. 15. It (rain) when we went out. 16. I (play) the piano when he came into the room. 17. I came into the room when Mary (play) the piano. 18. While we (fish) someone came to the house and left this note. 19. She (live) in England when the war began. 20. He hurt his foot while he (climb) the tree. 21. The baby (eat) its dinner when I came home. 22.He (walk) home when the rain began.
Put the verbs in brackets into the Past Simple or the Past Progressive Tense.
1. He (write) a letter when I (see) him. 2. Harry (do) his work while his brothers (play) games. 3. We (sing) a song when George (come) into the room. 4. While the teacher (give) a lesson, a small dog (walk) into the room. 5. When the telephone bell (ring), I (work) in the garden. 6. My hat (flow) off when I (cross) the bridge. 7. The rain (begin) to fall while we (watch) the game. 8. Jack (do) his homework when his father (come) home from work. 9. Mary (wear) her new dress when I (meet) her yesterday. 10. The pupils still (write) their compositions when the bell (ring). 11. She (walk) along the street when she (see) an old friend. 12. The woman was very tired, and she (lie) on her bed when her children (come) home from school. 13. The sun (rise) when I (wake) up this morning. 14. The sick child (sleep) when the doctor (come). 15. I (read) the newspaper when I (hear) a strange noise. 16. It (rain) hard when I (go) out this morning. 17. We (listen) to the wireless when the telephone bell (ring). 18. The little boy (fish) when he (fall) into the river. 19. Jack's mother (cook) dinner when he (come) home from school. 20. He often (go) to the British Museum when he (study) at London University. 21. He (fall) down and (break) his leg while he (play) football. 22. The travelers (reach) the town just as the sun (set). 23. Mary's mother often (sing) while she (cook) in the kitchen. 24. The old man never (go) out when it (rain). 25. The gardener (find) a box full of money when he (dig) in the garden. 26. When I (go) out this morning, the sun (shine) and the birds (sing). I (walk) to the nearest park and sat down on the grass. But while I (sit) there, black clouds gathered and (hide) the sun. 28. 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 suddenly he (see) a man. 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.