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