Упражнения на Past Continuous vs Past Simple

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Посмотрите на изображения и заполните пропуски глаголами в Past Simple
Look at the pictures and complete the sentences with Past Simple forms of the given verbs


A: I did not ride a bike yesterday.

B: What did you ride ?

A: I rode a scooter.


A: Sally didn't eat did not eat a cake in the morning.

B: Did she eat fast food for breakfast?

A: Yes, she did . She ate a hamburger.


A: My friends didn't watch did not watch a comedy film yesterday.

B: Did they watch a romantic film?

A: No, they did not didn't . They watched a horror film.


A: Lucy didn't visit did not visit her parents last week.

B: Whom did she visit ?

A: She visited her grandparents.

The image 1 is a derivative of the image by leikapro on Envato Elements. The image 2 is a derivative of the image by twenty20photos on Envato Elements. The image 3 is a derivative of the image by Prostock-studio on Envato Elements. The image 4 is a derivative of the image by LightFieldStudios on Envato Elements.
Прочитайте примеры и дополните правила
Read the examples and complete the rules
  • I was reading at 7 o'clock yesterday.
  • My parents were watching TV while I was doing homework.
  • The sun was shining, and the birds were singing on that sunny day.

Past Continuous is used:

a particular time the same time the background
  • for actions/states in progress at in the past;
  • for two or more actions in progress happening at in the past;
  • to describe in a story.
Заполните пропуски (Complete the sentences)

What were they eating while they were watching TV?

It was not raining wasn't raining while I was riding my bike.

It was a summer day, but the sun was not shining wasn't shining and nobody was swimming .

Sally was sleeping at 6 o'clock in the morning.

Image 1 is a derivative of "Подростковые друзья проводят выходные вместе, смотреть фильмы" by Prostock-studio on Envato Elements. Image 2 is a derivative of "Женщина езда на велосипеде на улице" by jacoblund on Envato Elements. Image 3 is a derivative of "Закат над морем" by magone on Envato Elements. Image 4 is a derivative of "Спящая женщиная" by choreograph on Envato Elements.
Прочитайте примеры и дополните правила
Read the examples and complete the rules
  • When the phone rang, I was having a shower.
  • He was reading a book when his wife came.
  • While we were having a picnic, it started to rain.

Action in Past Simple

begins the action in Past Continuous finishes the action in Past Continuous interrupts the action in Past Continuous

In a sentence, action in Past Continuous can be

before or after the Past Simple action only before the Past Simple action only after the Past Simple action

In a sentence, Past Continuous and Past Simple can be used with

while only when only both while and when
Выберите верные формы глаголов на месте пропусков в предложениях
Choose the correct forms of the verbs to complete the sentences
  1. While we worked were working , our boss arrived was arriving to the office.
  2. It didn't rain wasn't raining while I walked was walking in the park.
  3. When I woke up was waking up , the sun shone was shining .
  4. What did you do were you doing when I called was calling ?
  5. I watched was watching TV, so I didn't hear wasn't hearing the doorbell.
  6. I took was taking one cookie while my mum baked was baking them.
  7. Did you go Were you going to the supermarket when you saw were seeing Jane?
Заполните пропуски словами из списка
Complete the sentences with the given words

There are extra options which you do not need to use.

were going fell was was falling

1. Where you when you down?

didn't take wasn't raining weren't taking didn't rain

2. We an umbrella because it .

was crying met were was meeting

3. Why your child when we ?

turned was watching were watching turning

4. He off the TV because nobody it.

wasn't shining left was leaving weren't shining

5. The sun , so I the beach.

Выберите подходящие грамматические формы на месте каждого пропуска в тексте
Choose the right grammatical form in each gap to complete the text

When Sam weren't coming were coming was coming came back home, he saw a car accident. Two cars crash crashed was crashing were crashing at the pedestrian crossing. Sam was just about to cross it when he saw a red car. It went didn't go were going was going too fast, and the driver didn't manage to stop. He hit a black car which was standing at the front. Luckily, nobody got hurt. The drivers called the police. When the police came, they started to question pedestrians and other drivers. Sam had to answer several questions too. While he was answering, the driver of the red car left the scene of the accident. The police quickly found find was finding were finding the criminal and arrested him.

Прочитайте текст и заполните пропуски правильными формами предложенных слов
Read the text and fill in the gaps with the correct forms of the given words

It was a dark scary night. The wind was blowing , and the moon was shining brightly. The tree branch started to knock into my window and woke me up. I sat on my bed and heard a strange sound. It was coming out of my wardrobe. I didn't want did not want to get out of the bed, but I had to if I wanted to know who or what was making that sound. I came to the wardrobe doors. I was very scared, but I was telling myself that I was a very brave boy while I was opening the doors. When I opened them, the sound ended and I didn't see did not see anything strange inside. There were just my clothes and shoes. I closed the doors and returned to bed. Suddenly, I felt there was someone on my bed... I looked around and saw… my cat, Tom. I understood that he was sitting in the wardrobe and making that strange sound because he wanted to get out.

Запишите ответы (Write the answers)

Complete the sentences with the correct forms of the given verbs to make them true about you. Use Past Simple and Past Continuous.

  1. Yesterday at 5 p.m., I was doing wasn't doing was not doing homework.
  2. This morning, I got up didn't get up did not get up at 7 o'clock.
  3. The sun was shining wasn't shining was not shining when I woke up yesterday.
  4. Your friend asked you, "What were you doing yesterday when it was dinner time?"

    You said, "I was eating wasn't eating was not eating for sure."

  5. Yesterday afternoon, my mum was cooking wasn't cooking was not cooking dinner in the kitchen while my father was watching wasn't watching was not watching TV in the living room.
Перетащите элементы на места пропусков
Put the elements into the gaps

Read the sentences and put in the names of the right tenses.

Past Simple Past Continuous Past Continuous Past Simple Past Continuous Past Simple

Lily got up at 7 a.m., had breakfast and went to school. .

What were you doing yesterday at 7 p.m.? .

She wasn't listening to you because she was chatting with her boyfriend. .

We went to the cinema the day before yesterday. .

While I was cooking, he was surfing the net .

They moved to LA last month. .

Выберите подходящее время для каждой функции
Choose the correct tense for each of the functions

Past Simple Past Continuous is used to describe two past actions which were happening at the same time.

Past Simple Past Continuous is used to speak about finished actions in the past.

Past Simple Past Continuous is used to describe an action that was in progress at a particular time in the past.

Past Simple Past Continuous is used with finished actions, states or habits in the past when we know from general knowledge that the time period has finished. For example, if the person is dead.

Past Simple Past Continuous is used to talk about a past action which was interrupted by another past activity.

Past Simple Past Continuous is used to talk about states or habits in the past.

Запишите ответы (Write the answers)

Complete the sentences with the correct forms of the given verbs.

Two days ago a funny story happened. My mum was cooking when I came home. I washed my hands and started to help her. My dad was sleeping while we were talking and cooking. Suddenly, his phone rang. He got up and answered the call. It was his boss. He told my dad that he was driving home when the accident happened . My dad was worried. He went out, took the car and went to help his boss. When he arrived at the hospital, he didn't find did not find anybody. My father didn't understand anything and drove back home. When he came , his boss and all his colleagues were hiding behind the kitchen table. They had decided to make a surprise party for dad. It was his birthday.

Запишите ответы (Write the answers)

Correct the mistakes in the sentences.

  1. Janny can help you with your project. She helped me yesterday.
  2. The program usually starts at 8 p.m. Yesterday, it began at 7 p.m.
  3. Last year, my dad built a new summerhouse for our family.
  4. Can you imagine? I sent my mum an email yesterday by mistake.
  5. I made lasagna yesterday. It was amazing!
  6. I can't believe it, but she bought that expensive dress yesterday.
  7. Last year, they didn't travel did not travel a lot.
  8. My sister could swim when she was four years old.
  9. Our parents left the city two days ago.
  10. She became a school president in 2018.
Перетащите элементы на места пропусков
Put the elements into the gaps

Find the correct missing verbs for the pictures.

was watching was helping bought made visited went finished gave

Jack TV while his wife their daughter with homework.

Joe new rollerblades last week.

My grandmother my favourite blueberry cake when I her last time.

My friends to California for their honeymoon.

She doing her homework three hours ago.

He me an expensive present.

The image 1 is a derivative of "Father Watches TV As Daughter Colors In Picture Book" by monkeybusiness on Envato Elements. The image 2 is a derivative of "Close up view of inline skates skating at promenade" by Wavebreakmedia on Envato Elements. The image 3 is a derivative of "Blueberry cake" by sea_wave on Envato Elements. The image 4 is a derivative of "Welcom to California State Highway Entrance Sign" by Christopher_Boswell on Envato Elements. The image 5 is a derivative of "Doing her homework" by gstockstudio on Envato Elements. The image 6 is a derivative of "A woman holding a gift wrapped present" by Mint_Images on Envato Elements.
Выберите подходящие формы (Choose the correct forms)
  1. I was cooking cooked sushi yesterday, but you wasn't coming didn't come .
  2. While I was waiting waited for you, I was reading read a book.
  3. He was doing did his homework when the earthquake was starting started .
  4. She was calling called me to tell that they were losing lost .
  5. I was was being surprised. They were preparing prepared a party for my birthday.
  6. What did she do was she doing when you arrived was arriving ?

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