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Please help me use the correct in th sente)nces: 1-When I last saw him, he..........in London.(live) 2-We......there when our father lived.(still live). 3-When I last saw him, he........in London.( still work) I WONDER BETWEEN SIPLE PAST AND PAST CONTINUOUS. 4-Peter .........in Manchester for 10 years,then he moved to London.(lived)_>past simple or past perfect? thanks in advance!

7 May 2012      

United States

I disagree with ascincoquinas on #4. It should be the simple past, since it is talking about a sequence of events.
Also, #2 doesn īt make sense, as far as the end of the sentence "when our father lived". That isn īt correct usage.

7 May 2012     


I agree with Bruce, #4 should be past simple and #2 doesn īt make sense. Maybe you mean ...when our father left. Then "were still living" would be fine as the answer

7 May 2012     


Thanks for your help but i still don īt understand the first sentense.please help me if ".....when our father was alive" we will use " still lived or were still living"? thanks a lot!

7 May 2012     


what about this?
When I last saw him, he was living in London.(live)
Note: shouldn īt be the first one like this: "The last time I saw him, he was still living in London????
2-We lived there, when our father  was still alive.(still live).
3-When I last saw him, he was living in London.( still work).
4-Peter lived in Manchester for 10 years,then he moved to London.
The best I can do.... sorry.
Best ask native speakers. I am rather puzzled as you are....Wacko

7 May 2012