Past Progressive Tense - Grammartalk 9 (High Beginning)
1. A: There was a blackout last night in our neighborhood. B: I was watching TV when the blackout happened. A: We were cleaning the apartment when it happened. B: Irene was brushing her teeth when it happened. A: The cats were eating dinner when it happened. B: When the blackout happened, nobody expected it. 2. A: You have a black eye. How did you get it? B: I got it while I was arguing with my neighbor yesterday. A: Mary has a bandage on her finger. What happened? B: She burned herself while she was cooking dinner. A: Your aunt and uncle look very worried. Whatʼs up? B: Somebody stole their car while they were shopping. 3. A: Laura likes to use her time efficiently. B: She usually does two or more things at the same time. A: Yesterday, she washed the dishes while listening to her English tape. B: The day before yesterday, she fixed the sink while watching her exercise tape. A: Last week, she vacuumed the rug while cooking dinner. B: Too bad. While she was vacuuming, the soup boiled over. 4. A: There was a robbery at the Bank of America. B: Really? When did it happen? A: About 11:00 am yesterday. What were you doing? B: I was attending class at Mission Campus. A: What were your parents doing? B: They were driving to the airport to get my sister. 5. A: There was an accident on Mission Street last night. B: I know. I was leaving Walgreenʼs when I saw it. A: What was Patricia doing when it happened? B: She was standing on the corner of Mission and 24th. A: What were your other classmates doing? B: They were crossing the street at Mission and 22nd. 6. A: Were you home when the fire happened? B: No, I wasnʼt home, fortunately. I was shopping. A: Were your children shopping also? B: No, they werenʼt shopping with me. They were at the playground, thank God. A: And your wife? Is she all right? B: Sheʼs fine. She wasnʼt home, either. She was at work. 7. A: Do you think Friday the 13th is an unlucky day? B: Not really. I had a great day on Friday the 13th. A: So did I. What happened to you? B: While I was walking on 24th, I found five dollars. A: Thatʼs interesting. While I was working, my boss gave me a nice compliment. B: While my sister was waiting for the bus, she met a very nice man. 8. A: Do you think Valentineʼs Day is especially romantic? B: Yes, of course. My husband took me dancing. A: My husband and my children took me out to dinner. B: While I was getting ready, he sang me a love song. A: While I was getting out of the cab, he held the door open for me. B: I like Valentineʼs Day a lot. I wish there were more Valentineʼs Days. 9. A: Do you enjoy Motherʼs Day? B: Yes. What mother doesnʼt like Motherʼs Day? A: Last year, my son gave me flowers. B: Last year, my daughter gave me a CD with my favorite music. A: Yes, I heard it. You were playing it while polishing your silverware. B: I was feeling lonely when suddenly I got a call from my grandchildren. 10. A: Henry is upset. His day started badly. B: Why? What happened? A: He lost his wallet while getting off the bus. B: Iʼm sorry to hear that. A: And before that, he cut himself while shaving. B: Thatʼs too bad. A: And while he was looking for a bandaid, he slipped on the wet bathroom floor.