Pirate story (past continuous / past simple)
An old pirate was sitting in the bar. He was smoking a pipe and drinking a glass of rum. He was wearing an eye patch and he had a parrot on his shoulder and a wooden leg. Instead of his right hand he had a metal hook. A young sailor was chatting with the pirate and he asked him about his adventures at sea.
‘So, how did you lose your leg?’, the young man asked the pirate.
‘Arrr! ,’ said the pirate, ‘You see, some sharks were circling the ship when I fell overboard. Luckily, my men pulled me back onto the ship before the sharks ate me completely, but one of the sharks got my leg.’
‘And how about the hook on your hand? How did you lose your hand?’
‘I was boarding a ship when another sailor cut off my hand with a sword.’
‘That’s amazing! What a life full of adventures!’ said the young man. ‘And how about your eye? How did you lose that?’
‘I was eating a grapefruit when the juice went into my eye.’
‘But I don’t understand. How did you lose your eye from the grapefruit juice?’
‘Arrr!’ said the pirate, ‘it was my first day with the new hook.’
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Fishing in the rain (past continuous)
It was a cold dark evening in February in the city. It was raining heavily and the roads were covered in water. George was leaving his office after work when he noticed a poor old man. The man was standing next to a puddle in the road. He was wearing long rubber fishing boots and he was holding a stick with a piece of string. The string was hanging in the puddle. George asked the old man what he was doing and the man replied that he was fishing. ‘Poor guy!’, George thought. The old man was obviously going crazy. George felt sorry for the old man, and he was getting very wet, standing outside in the rain, so he decided to invite the old man to have a drink with him in a nearby bar.
George ordered a drink for himself and bought one for the old man. The old man was smiling happily as he was drinking. While they were finishing their drinks, George tried to start a conversation. He turned to the old man and asked,
'So is the fishing good today?'
‘Not bad today, thanks.’ replied the old man.
'And how many have you caught?'
'You're the eighth,' the old man answered.
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