Past Simple and Past Continuous

Gap-fill exercise
by A. Denutte

JE SAIS PARLER D'EVENEMENTS PASSES
Complétez la biographie suivante en conjuguant au prétérit simple :
Patricia Highsmith (be) and American novelist who (be) born in Texas on 19 January 1921. In 1942 she (graduate) from college where she (study) literature. First, she (write) comic books.
She (become) famous thanks to Hitchcock because he (adapt) Stangers on a Train for television in 1951.
She never (marry) and (not have) any children. She (die) of leukaemia on 4 February 1995.

Vous interviewez Patricia Cornwell. Complétez l'interview :
Where (you / be born) ? I (be born) in Miami, Florida.
(you / be born) ? I (be born) on 6 June 1956.
What subject (you / study) ? I (study) English.
Who (you / marry) ? I (marry) Charles Cornwell.
When (you / get divorced) ? I (get divorced) in 1989.
When (you / publish) your first crime story ? I (publish) my first crime story, Postmortem, in 1991.

JE SAIS DECRIRE CE QUI SE PASSAIT A UN MOMENT PRECIS
Vous avez été témoin d'un incident dans la rue. Racontez ce que vous avez vu en employant le "prétérit simple" ou le "prétérit Be + V-ing" :
I (walk) in the street when I (see) a man. He (wear) a long coat and a hood. Suddenly, he (start) running towards another man who (sit) on a bench. He (grab) his bag and (run) away.

Vous êtes enquéteur et vous devez interroger un témoin pour savoir :
- ce que le suspect portait : What (the suspect / wear) ?
- où allait le temoin que vous interrogez : Where (you / go) ?
- ce que la victime faisait : What (the victim / do) ?
- ce que le témoin a fait après le vol : What (you / do) after the robbery ?