The Past Continuous Tense vs The Simple Past Tense: Exercise

By | February 28, 2015

Instruction: Put the verb in the brackets into the past continuos tense or the simple past tense.

1. Susana (start) … to study for an English test at 6 PM. She (finished) … studying at 8 PM. That means at 7.30 PM she (still, study) … .
2. Yesterday morning, Joko (repair) … his motorbike engine for two hours from 7.30 through 9.30. His father (arrive) … home from his business trip at 8.30. When his father (arrive) … Joko (still, repair) … the engine.
3. A: What (you,do) … last night?
B: I (watch) … stand-up comedy on TV.
4. A: The storm (strike) … and (destroy) … so many houses in my neighborhood last night.
B: That’s so bad. What (you, do) … when it happened?
5. A: You (walk) … to school this morning?
B: No. I (go) … by bike.
6. Last week we (see) … a movie. It (be) … a very good movie. But while we (watch) … the film, I (hear) … a baby crying.
6. Yesterday morning Susana (work) … together with her sister. They (water) … the plants and (clean) … the house. Whiile they (do) … the cleaning, Susan (break) … a vase.
7. While the teacher (speak) … Ratna (feel) … a pain in her head. It seemed she (get) … a headache. She (ask) … if she could go home earlier.
8. My father is a carpenter. This morning he (split) … some wood. He (want) … to make a table for me so I could put my books there.
9. At 9 this morning some soldiers (march) … along the road. I (know, not) … where they (head) … .
10. The second world war (break) … out in 1939. It (end) … in 1942. When it (end) … , I (live, still) … in London. Then, I (move) … to Oakland in 1945.
11. Last summer we (spend) … our lesisure time playing football. We (have) … so much fun.
12. A: I (drop) … my wallet while I (walk) … to the library.
B: You should have been more careful.
13. It (rain) … on and off for three consecutive days last week. The rain water (flood) … the paddy field.
14. The principal (speak) … in front of the students when a teacher (interrupt) … .
15. The school basketball team (play) … another school team in the semifinal last night. When one player (shoot) … the ball and (score) … , all the supporters (cheer) … for him.

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