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