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Exercise on Past simple / Past Continuous

Write in the text area the verb in the simple past or past continuous, then click "Show Solutions" to check.
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  1. James [enter] the classroom while the teacher [explain] the tenses.

  2. We [wait] for Jane, when suddenly Louis [come] around the corner.

  3. I [cycle] through the park, when I [hear] a strange noise.

  4. I [fall] asleep while I [watch] TV last night.

  5. He [pass] her a message when the teacher [not look).

  6. When my uncle [work] in the garden, an old friend [pass] by to see him.

  7. Robert [fall] off the ladder when he [pick] cherries.

  8. While we [drive] to Florence the car [break] down.

  9. When the girls [arrive), the boys [swim).

  10. While the parents [have] breakfast, their children [take] the bus to school.



  11. I [jog] in the park, when two squirrels [cross] my way.

  12. Archimedes [discover] the theory of liquids while he [take] a bath.

  13. While she [speak] on the phone, the milk [boil] over.

  14. Caroline [burn] her hand when she [iron] her clothes.

  15. When I [do] the washing-up, I [break] a plate.

  16. When Tom [arrive], Jenny [watch] a documentary on TV.

  17. When Albert [come] home, I [check] my emails.

  18. While we [do] a sight-seeing tour, our friends [stay] in the hotel.

  19. When he [wake] up, it [rain] outside.

  20. The phone [ring] when I [sit] on the toilet.

  21. Tom [break] his leg when he [play] volleyball.

  22. I [have] dinner when I suddenly [hear] a loud bang.

  23. When she [go] to school, a friend [stop] her.

  24. When Jane [do] a language course in Ireland, she [visit] Dublin.

  25. I [not understand] what they [talk] about.

  26. When you [come] in, I [tidy] up my room.

  27. While the children [sleep), the nanny [turn] off the lights.

  28. When I [drive] home, I [see] an accident.


  29. When we [travel] around Scotland, we [meet] some very nice people.

  30. When I [leave] the house this morning, the sun [shine].
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 1. James entered the classroom while the teacher was explaining the tenses.

 2. We were waiting for Jane, when suddenly Louis came around the corner.


 3. I was cycling through the park, when I heard a strange noise.

 4. I fell asleep while I was watching TV last night.


 5. He passed her a message when the teacher was not looking.

 6. When my uncle was working in the garden, an old friend passed by to see him.


 7. Robert fell off the ladder when he was picking cherries.

 8. While we were driving to Florence the car broke down.


 9. When the girls arrived, the boys were swimming.

10. While the parents were having breakfast, their children took the bus to school.


11. I was jogging in the park, when two squirrels crossed my way.

12. Archimedes discovered the theory of liquids while he was taking a bath.


13. While she was speaking on the phone, the milk boiled over.

14. Caroline burnt her hand when she was ironing her clothes.


15. When I was doing the washing-up, I broke a plate.

16. When Tom arrived, Jenny was watching a documentary on TV.


17. When Albert came home, I was checking my emails.

18. While we were doing a sight-seeing tour, our friends stayed in the hotel.


19. When he woke up, it was raining outside.

20. The phone ring when I sit on the toilet.


21. Tom broke his leg when he was playing volleyball.

22. I was having dinner when I suddenly heard a loud bang.


23. When she was going to school, a friend stopped her.

24. When Jane was doing a language course in Ireland, she visited Dublin.


25. I did not understand what they were talking about.

26. When you came in, I was tidying up my room.


27. While the children were sleeping, the nanny turned off the lights.

28. When I was driving home, I saw an accident.


29. When we were travelling around Scotland, we met some very nice people.

30. When I left the house this morning, the sun was shining.