What Were You Doing When…?

From Twitter:

_____ drinking tea only ten minutes before the phone rang.

have been
had been

Answers & Explanations
The answers are ‘had been’ (formal, correct and written) and ‘was’ (casual and spoken). ‘Have been” doesn’t work because it is in the present; we need a past answer dictated by ‘rang.’

Sarah Gaultieri

Author: sayinsei

英語の発音矯正と会話クラスを提供する新宿の語学学校. A language school in Shinjuku offering English classes

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