Past Simple vs Past Continuous 1

Match the sentences with their functions. The tiles in the right-hand column are sortable. ANSWERS
  • The Johnsons bought their car a long time ago.
  • She studied Spanish when she was a child.
  • While David was watching TV, I was reading a book.
  • As I was crossing the street, I heard a scream.
  • Steve got up, put on his jacket and left without a word.
  • They were continually arguing about money.
  • You talked on the phone for forty minutes.
  • Between three and six Susan was painting.
  • People paid far more to make phone calls in the past.
  • She was becoming more and more angry.
  • parallel actions
  • frequently repeated actions in the past
  • interrupted action in the past
  • actions in progress at a specific point
  • past facts or generalizations
  • completed action in the past
  • gradual development in the past
  • duration in the past
  • habits and states in the past
  • a series of completed actions