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