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Category: English tenses

Past simple or past continuous?

Put each verb in brackets into the past simple or the past continuous.

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Please use short forms e.g. haven't instead of have not in negative statements and use long forms in positive statements e.g. I am instead of I'm.

1. I was reading a book while Mike (listen) to music.2. The party was so boring that I (want) to go home from the very beginning.3. Paul, Martha (phone) you three times last evening.4. We (go) to London three times last month.5. The soup you (prepare) tastes very good.6. I have a terrible headache. What (we do) last night?7. TV was on but nobody (watch) it.8. She (leave) the room and went outside.9. She (come) to my room and started shouting at me.10. Somebody (follow) me.11. We (wait) there an hour and didn't know what to do.12. I (think) of moving abroad, but eventually I've stayed here.13. I noticed her when she (jog) in the park.14. After the concert finished, I (walk) home.15. I (meet) Kate at the airport.