| |Past Simple or Past Continuous?
| |We had a quick lunch and cleaned our camp area. | |We were swimming at around 11:00 am.
| |Use Past Simple for completed/finished actions. | |Use Past Continuous for action in progress.
| |Past Simple clashing with Past Continuous
| |While I was standing and watching how my team leader was shouting for a help, a boy came behind me and pushed me into the water. | |I was thinking about something else when he did this to me.
In both examples above you can see that Past Simple verbs like came, pushed and did are clashing with Past Continuous verbs like standing, watching, shouting and thinking. This is how you can use Past Simple and Past Continuous together in one sentence.