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