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    Expain the difference between the pairs

    Explain the difference between the pairs of sentences below. :

    1.
    a) I was leaving when miss murphy entered the shop.
    b) I left when miss murphy entered the shop.

    2.
    a) When I was getting off the train, I remembered my umbrella.
    b) When I got off the train I remembered my umbrella.

    3.
    a) Mandy was making a cake yesterday.
    b) Mandy made a cake yesterday

    4.
    a)As the fire was dying out, it was getting colder.
    b)As the fire died out, it got colder

    5.
    a) He had breakfast at eight o'clock
    b) He was having breakfast at eight o'clock

    6.
    a) What were you doing in my room?
    b) What did you do in my room?

    7.
    a) He always had this habit of biting his mails.
    b) He was always having this habit of biting his mails.

    8.
    a) From four to six Tom was washing the car.
    b) From four to six Tom washed the car.

    9.
    a) I worked all yesterday evening.
    b) I was warking all yesterday evening

    10.
    a) I was watching TV when the phone rang.
    b) I was watching TV while she was swiming.

    Help pls.Thanks

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    Re: Expain the difference between the pairs

    [QUOTE=pawel151990;819576]Explain the difference between the pairs of sentences below. :

    1.
    a) I was leaving when miss murphy entered the shop.
    b) I left when miss murphy entered the shop.


    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) The teachers want us learners to try answering the questions first. Then they will check your answers. OK?

    (2) I think that it is OK if I try to answer your first question.

    (a) I was already leaving the shop (I was actually walking to the door) when Ms. Murphy (by coincidence) walked into the shop.

    (b) I was shopping in the store. Ms. Murphy entered the store. When I saw her, I quickly left the store. (Maybe I didn't want her to see me.)

    (3) If you will explain what you think the other sentences mean, then the outstanding
    teachers here will comment on them.

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    Re: Help.Explain the difference

    Quote Originally Posted by pawel151990 View Post
    Explain the difference between the pairs of sentences below. :

    1.
    a) I was leaving when miss murphy entered the shop.
    b) I left when miss murphy entered the shop.

    2.
    a) When I was getting off the train, I remembered my umbrella.
    b) When I got off the train I remembered my umbrella.

    3.
    a) Mandy was making a cake yesterday.
    b) Mandy made a cake yesterday

    4.
    a)As the fire was dying out, it was getting colder.
    b)As the fire died out, it got colder

    5.
    a) He had breakfast at eight o'clock
    b) He was having breakfast at eight o'clock

    6.
    a) What were you doing in my room?
    b) What did you do in my room?

    7.
    a) He always had this habit of biting his mails.
    b) He was always having this habit of biting his mails.

    8.
    a) From four to six Tom was washing the car.
    b) From four to six Tom washed the car.

    9.
    a) I worked all yesterday evening.
    b) I was warking all yesterday evening

    10.
    a) I was watching TV when the phone rang.
    b) I was watching TV while she was swiming.

    Help please.Thanks
    You try first.

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    Re: Expain the difference between the pairs

    I've merged your two threads.

    PLEASE do not ask the same questino in more than one thread. It is a waste of your time and ours.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Expain the difference between the pairs

    I dont understand this.So if some 1 can write this all I be grateful.

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    #6

    Re: Expain the difference between the pairs

    Please look at The Parser's post. He explained one of them for you.

    See if you can apply his explanation to your other sentence pairs.

    a) I was leaving when miss murphy entered the shop.
    b) I left when miss murphy entered the shop.
    The Parser's answer:
    (2) I think that it is OK if I try to answer your first question.

    (a) I was already leaving the shop (I was actually walking to the door) when Ms. Murphy (by coincidence) walked into the shop.

    (b) I was shopping in the store. Ms. Murphy entered the store. When I saw her, I quickly left the store. (Maybe I didn't want her to see me.)
    I don't agree that you left the store quickly. I do agree that after she arrived, you left.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Expain the difference between the pairs

    Quote Originally Posted by pawel151990 View Post
    I dont understand this.So if some 1 can write this all I be grateful.

    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) I know how you feel. I am a native speaker, but I cannot explain the difference

    between many of your sentences, either.

    (2) My advice:

    (a) Try your best to say what you think those sentences mean. Then some of the

    teachers will correct your mistakes.

    (b) Or break your post up into individual posts. When you post such a long post with

    10 two-part sentences, some people might not want to answer. If the post is very

    short (one question or two questions), more people will be motivated to answer.


    Good luck!

    P.S. I am waiting with you for the answers.

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