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    Default simple tense dialog

    1)"When did he start doing his homework?"

    2)"About an hour ago."

    3)"How long was he watching TV for, before he started doing his homework?"

    Should I have used "had been watching TV"?


    4)"About two hours."

    Can I leave "for" out in the second sentence?

    What would you call work that a high school student does to get ready for classes?

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    Default Re: simple tense dialog

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    1)"When did he start doing his homework?"

    2)"About an hour ago."

    3)"How long was he watching TV for, before he started doing his homework?"

    Should I have used "had been watching TV"?

    No, but if you did choose to use it, it wouldn't be wrong.

    4)"About two hours."

    Can I leave "for" out in the second sentence?

    I'd keep it. But I'd leave it out if you used the past perfect.


    What would you call work that a high school student does to get ready for classes?
    Preparation work? If the teacher expects any prepation to be done, it's usually part of homework. Back when I went to school, you didn't do any preparation for a class that you weren't told to do; and that's homework.
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