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