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