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    past progressive/ simple past

    I've got a question concerning the use of simple past and past progressive. Which time do you have to use in the following sentences:
    DAVID WAS TIRED WHEN HE ARRIVED HOME THAT EVENING. IT (to be) ______A LONG DAY FOR HIM. HEAVY TRAFFIC ON THE M25 (to make) _________ THE JOURNEY SEEM LONGER THAN EVER.
    Thank a lot conny

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    Re: past progressive/ simple past

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    I've got a question concerning the use of simple past and past progressive. Which time do you have to use in the following sentences:
    DAVID WAS TIRED WHEN HE ARRIVED HOME THAT EVENING. IT (to be) ______A LONG DAY FOR HIM. HEAVY TRAFFIC ON THE M25 (to make) _________ THE JOURNEY SEEM LONGER THAN EVER.
    Thank a lot conny
    In both times past simple. I`m not a teacher so I don`t know if I can reply here. But I`m sure it should be - was and made.

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    Re: past progressive/ simple past

    I don't think either past progressive or simple past are the best choices here. The first sentence describes how David arrived home; the next sentence describes his experiences before he arrived home -- things that happened before something else in the past, a time before the time before now. For this case, we would normally use the past perfect:

    It had been a long day...
    Heavy traffic on the M25 had made...

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    Re: past progressive/ simple past

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    I've got a question concerning the use of simple past and past progressive. Which time do you have to use in the following sentences:
    DAVID WAS TIRED WHEN HE ARRIVED HOME THAT EVENING. IT (to be) ______A LONG DAY FOR HIM. HEAVY TRAFFIC ON THE M25 (to make) _________ THE JOURNEY SEEM LONGER THAN EVER.
    Thank a lot conny
    I agree with Rewboss. Past perfect is the best choice for both: had been, had made.

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