Simple Past vs Past Continuous
since, for, in
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100

Complete the sentences in Past Simple or Past Continuous.

Last summer, my friend and I_____ around the south of France. We really enjoy ourselves.

a. travel

b. traveled

c. were traveling


 

b. traveled

"Last summer" is an expression used in the past simple. It describes an action that started and finished in the past.

100

My parents have swum ___ they were kids. 


a. for

b. since

c. in


b. since

It expresses the starting point of an action.

100

What has been the most terrifying horror movie you have seen?

Free answer

200

I _______ to the radio when I heard this fantastic song.

a. was listening

b. listened

c. listen

a. was listening

We used past continuous + simple past to express that two actions happened at the same time. While I was doing something, someone or something interrupted me. 


200

I've trained crossfit _____ 10 months

a. for

b. since

c. in

a. for

It expresses the duration of an action.

200

Which movies have been hits (successful) in your opinion?

Free answer

300

___ you saw yesterday, I was going to the doctor’s – I felt terrible. 

a. when

b. while

a. when

we use "When" + a sentence in past simple"

300

I have lived in Colombia ______ 34 years.

a. since

b. for

c. in

b. for

the duration of an action. 

300

What was the setting of the last movie you saw?

Free answer.

400

While they ____ to fix the computer, all the lights went out.

a. were trying

b. tried

c. trying

a. were trying

We use "while" + a sentence in past continuous, to express two simultaneous actions.

400

I've been at Colombo _____ 2019.

a. for

b. since

c. in

b. since

It expresses the starting point of an action.

400

Describe your favorite movie. Include: general information from the movie (names of the actors, director, date in which it was released, and your opinion about the movie.

Free answer

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