The past continuous vs. simple past test checks your understanding of the difference between these two verb tenses. Find out with this exercise if you know when to use the past continuous and when to use the simple past.
Past Continuous vs. Simple Past Test
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Fill in the blanks with the correct version of wither the past continuous or simple past.
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Fill in the blanks with the the correct form of either the past continuous or the simple past.
1. I (was working) (work) when she called me.
2. She was cooking when we (arrived) (arrive).
3. Gregory (was swimming) (swim) when it started to rain.
4. The children (were playing) (play) outside when it started to snow.
5. Heather was listening to music when the power (went) (go) out.
6. The dogs (were) (be) born in 2004.
7. My laptop (stopped) (stop) when the battery ran out.
8. She (sang) (sing) after the music started.
9. Dina and Lisa (were talking) (talk) while the movie was playing.
10. The telephone was ringing when she (began) (begin) to speak.
- 1. I (was working) (work) when she called me.
Would you like to try some more past continuous exercises? Try these tests:
And here is a listening exercise you can use to practice your listening and see the past continuous in action:
If you would like some review, here is the lesson: