Past Simple or Past Continuous – Exercise 1

Task No. 1304

Choose the correct verb forms. Use Past Simple or the Past Continuous.

Welcome to your Past Simple or Past Continuous – Exercise 1

1 I a bath when the phone . (to have) (to ring)Clue
WAS HAVING → PAST CONTINUOUS (action was in progress) when RANG → PAST SIMPLE (single action) happened
2 I a friend when I down the street. (to meet) (to walk)Clue
I MET → PAST SIMPLE (single action) WAS WALKING → PAST CONTINUOUS (action was in progress) So PAST SIMPLE and then PAST CONTINUOUS
3 When I the sun . (to wake up) (to shine)Clue
I WOKE UP → PAST SIMPLE (single action) WAS SHINING → PAST CONTINUOUS (action was in progress)
4 We at 150 kph when the police us. (to drive) (to stop)Clue
WERE DRIVING → PAST CONTINUOUS (action was in progress). STOPPED → PAST SIMPLE (action interrupted driving)
5 While my wife I the car. (to cook) (to wash)Clue
Two past actions in progress at the same time and not related to one another.
6 Susan at one corner while I at another. (to wait) (to stand)Clue
Two actions happening at the same time and similar duration in the past so PAST CONTINUOUS
7 I the vegetables when I myself. (to chop) (to cut)Clue
WAS CHOPPING → PAST CONTINUOUS (action was in progress) CUT → PAST SIMPLE (interrupted the chopping)
8 When we the cinema it . (to leave) (to rain)Clue
LEFT → Past Simple (Single action), WAS RAINING → Past Continuous (action was in progress)
9 I my phone when I for the bus. (to drop) (to run)Clue
I DROPPED → PAST SIMPLE ( interrupted action in progress) WAS RUNNING → PAST CONTINUOUS (was in progress)
10 While I on the phone my dog my shoes. (to talk) (to chew)Clue
Both actions happening at the same time and similar duration so both PAST CONTINUOUS