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The Past Progressive Tense

Waleed Snoussi

Fill in the puzzle with the past progressive tense of the verbs between parentheses. Enjoy!

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1.There was a strong smell and the sound of frying. Obviously Mrs Jones (cook) ______________ fish. (2 Words)
3.She (stand) ______________ at the bus stop. I asked her what bus she was waiting for. (2 Words)
4.He had a bad fall while he (repair) ______________ his roof. (2 Words)
5.Two men were fighting at a street corner and a policeman was trying to stop them. ~ What (they - fight) ______________ about? ~ Nobody seemed to know. (3 Words)
6.He watched the children for a moment. Some of them (bathe) ______________ in the sea, others were looking for shells, others were playing in the sand. (2 Words)
7.The house was in great disorder because he (redecorate)______________ it. (2 Words)
9.When I arrived at the meeting the first speaker had just finished speaking and the audience (clap) ______________ . (2 Words)
12.The airplane in which the football team (travel) ______________ crashed soon after taking off. (2 Words)
15.While he (learn) ______________ to drive he had twenty-five accidents. (2 Words)
18.There had been an accident and men (carry) ______________ the injured people to an ambulance. (2 Words)
19.The car had nobody in it but the engine (run) ______________. (2 Words)
20.While we (fish) ______________ someone came to the house and left this note. (2 Words)
21.They had taken off the wheel of the car and (mend) ______________ the puncture. I asked when it would be ready. (2 Words)
22.The director didn't allow the actors to travel by air while they (work) ______________ on the film. (2 Words)
25.When I first met him he (work) ______________ in a restaurant. (2 Words)
26.Tom (sit) ______________ in a corner with a book. I told him that he was reading in very bad light. (2 Words)
27.My wife and I (talk) ______________ about you the other day. (2 Words)
28.Are you going to Rome? I thought that you (go) ______________ to Milan. (2 Words)
1.Just as I (wonder) ______________ what to do next, the phone rang. (2 Words)
2.From the sounds it was clear that Mary (practise) ______________ the piano. (2 Words)
5.He was a little mad. He (always/ try) _________________ to prove that the earth was flat. (3 Words)
7.Who (you - talk) ______________ to on the telephone as I came in? I was talking to Mr Pitt. (3 Words)
8.As she (climb) ______________ the ladder it slipped sideways and she fell off it. (2 Words)
10.The traffic was making so much noise that I couldn't hear what he (say) ______________. (2 Words)
11.Detective: I'm afraid I must ask you what you (do) ______________ yesterday at 10.20 p.m. ---- Mr. Jones: I was playing chess with my wife. (2 Words)
12.Two children were playing on the sand and two fishermen (lean) ______________ against an upturned boat. (2 Words)
13.Where (he - live) ______________ when you saw him last? (3 Words)
14.When I first met him he (study) ______________ painting. (2 Words)
16.Tom ate nothing for lunch because he (diet) ______________. He said that he was trying to lose 10 kilos. (2 Words)
17.I was alone in the house at that time because Mr Jones (work) ______________ in the garage. (2 Words)
19.The children were frightened because it (get) ______________ dark. (2 Words)
21.It was a fine day and the roads were crowded because a lot of people (rush) ______________ to the seaside. (2 Words)
22.He usually wears sandals but when I last saw him he (wear) ______________ boots. (2 Words)
23.He said that he was the captain of a ship which (sail) ______________ that night for Marseilles. (2 Words)
24.I went into the garden to see what the boys (do) ______________. James was weeding and Alexander was cutting the grass. (2 Words)

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