Some of my students recently took a nationwide English test and they had to fill out the blank in the sentence "Just as I _______ (to get) to an interesting part of the story, the doorbell rang." They called me after the test to find out the correct version. I believe that the best form of the verb "get" in this sentence should be "got" since the ringing and the getting happened at the same time. Can there be any other options?
Thank you very much for your answer.
But I'm open to correction by terranovamd, who can let us know if students who put any of the other correct variants are marked correct without having to fight for it.
'Just as I was getting' may be correct, but 'just as' and 'just when' are usually used to talk about two short actions or situations that happen / happened at the same time.
So the most appropriate answer has to be 'got'.
Perhaps the question even implies that auxiliaries are not allowed, in which case, only "got" is right.
It also depends on the pace of the narrative for me; if it's a slow-moving story, then the past progressive would fit the bill perfectly.