Simple past and past continuous tense: exercise

February 5, 2013pdf

Complete the following sentences using appropriate simple past or past continuous forms.

Hints

To talk about a shorter action that happened in the middle of a longer action, we use the simple past. To talk about two longer actions that were progressing at the same time, we use the past continuous.

1. As I ……………………… (open) my eyes, I …………………… (see) a strange sight.

2. While you ………………………….. (play) in the garden, I …………………………… (work).

3. As I …………………………. (walk) down the street, I …………………………….. Ann driving a Ferrari.

4. While they ……………………………….. (work) in the backyard, someone ………………………….. (break) into the house.

5. When I was a child, we ………………………….. (live) in Singapore.

6. When I …………………………. (sit) under the tree, an apple …………………………… (fall) on my head.

7. She …………………………… (look) at me as if she ………………………….. (know) me.

Answers

1. As I opened my eyes, I saw a strange sight.

2. While you were playing in the garden I was working.

3. As I was walking down the street, I saw Ann driving a Ferrari.

4. While they were working in the backyard, someone broke into the house.

5. When I was a child, we lived in Singapore.

6. When I was sitting under the tree an apple fell on my head.

7. She looked at me as if she knew me.

Free Grammar Guide: "120 Deadly Grammar and Vocabulary Mistakes."