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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #5412: Past simple or continuous
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    Past simple or continuous

    Complete this text with either the past simple or the past continuous form of the verbs in brackets.

    English exercise "Past simple or continuous" created by felin with The test builder
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    I (buy) a new alarm clock the other day in Taylor's the jewellers, when I actually (see) somebody shoplifting. I'd just finished paying for my clock and as I (turn) round, an elderly woman (slowly put) a silver plate into a bag that she (carry). Then she (walk) over to another part of the shop and (pick up) an expensive-looking watch a number of times. When she (think) that nobody (look), she (drop) it into the bag. Before I (have) a chance to tell the staff in the shop, she (notice) that I (watch) her and (hurry) out. Unfortunately for her, two police officers (walk) past just at that moment and she (run) straight into them.

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