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Hi, Dr. Ahmed,

@Dr Ahmed posted:

Hi there 

When I ......... the food, my mouth got burnt as it was so hot.   ( tasted - was tasted )

I think that PAST CONTIUOUS is the correct answer here. What do you think ?

There is no past continuous here. 'Tasted' is past simple (active voice), while 'was tasted' is past simple (passive voice). Of course, the active voice is the correct form. 'Was tasting' works better here.

@Dr Ahmed posted:

Hi there 

When I ......... the food, my mouth got burnt as it was so hot.   ( tasted - was tasting 

I think that PAST CONTINUOUS is the correct answer here. What do you think ?

Hi, Dr Ahmed—I see why you added the winking face now. Initially, I thought it was a typo. But then I saw the discrepancy between what you have there and Ahmed_btm's quotation of you, which had the choice "was tasted."

I then checked to see whether you had edited your post after Ahmed_btm posted his response, and of course you had. In the future, if someone points out something you didn't mean to type, please correct it in a subsequent post.

I agree with Ahmed_btm that the active voice is needed and that "was tasting" (the past continuous) works as an answer. To me, however, "tasted" (the past simple) works equally well here.

If the "when"-clause has "tasted," it refers to the moment the food entered the speaker's mouth. That is generally when such burns occur. "Was tasting" essentially represents the burn as occurring during mastication.

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