We use while to link two long- lasting actions that continued for the same period of time in the past. We use the past continuous tense for both actions.
Example NOW 5:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. Tom and Mary were doing their homework. Mum was cooking the dinner. Tom and Mary were doing their homework while Mum was cooking the dinner.
Practice NOW 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. my sisters – tidy the living room my brothers – sweep the floor _____________________________ My sisters were tidying the living room while my brothers were sweeping the floor.
Practice NOW 3:00 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:00 p.m. my brother - play computer games I – play the piano _____________________________ My brother was playing computer games while I was playing the piano.
When one thing happened at the time when another thing was happening, we use the past continuous tense for the longer action and the past tense for the shorter action. when We use when to link the two actions together.
Example Tom was doing his homework when Mum came home. NOW 5:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. Tom was doing his homework. Mum came home.
Practice ______________________________Ray was swimming when he hurt his leg. NOW 2:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. Ray - swim Ray - hurt his leg 3:30 p.m.
Practice ______________________________ The children were dancing when they twisted their ankles. NOW 5:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. the children - dance the children – twist their ankles 6:30 p.m.