Thread: When the rain was falling

1. When the rain was falling

Hi teachers,

I have a question about the following multiple-choice-fill-in-the-gap quiz,

When the rain -----, my sister and I were playing tennis.
(A) was starting (B) started (C) begins to start (D) was falling

The answer key says the correct choice is (B), but I feel (D) is also right for the sentence.
Would you tell me why (D) is not correct?

Kitty

2. Re: When the rain was falling

Originally Posted by hellokitty
Hi teachers,

I have a question about the following multiple-choice-fill-in-the-gap quiz,

When the rain -----, my sister and I were playing tennis.
(A) was starting (B) started (C) begins to start (D) was falling

The answer key says the correct choice is (B), but I feel (D) is also right for the sentence.
Would you tell me why (D) is not correct?

Kitty
B is the most correct answer, In these puzzles, the choices can be all possible, but you have to choose the one that is most obviously correct. You have to work out what they are actually asking you.
This question is testing your knowledge of the grammar for two events, one which is ongoing, and one which occurs interrupting that ongoing activity.
Yes, D makes sense, but I'd expect "While ..." for D, if the two events were going on at the same time.

3. Re: When the rain was falling

Thank you, Raymott!
Now I get it! :)

4. Re: When the rain was falling

Most sensible people come in out of the rain, so it makes more sense to say that they were playing tennis when it started raining.

5. Re: When the rain was falling

1. Is it natural to say 'When the rain has fallen, my sister and I were playing tennis'?
2. Is it common to say 'The rain has gone' instead of 'The rain has stopped'?

Thanks.

6. Re: When the rain was falling

Originally Posted by Winwin2011
1. Is it natural to say 'When the rain has fallen, my sister and I were playing tennis'?
2. Is it common to say 'The rain has gone' instead of 'The rain has stopped'?
#1 is incorrect; #2 is not common.

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