Past Continuous Or Simple Past Tense Quiz

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By Learn English with Demi Use of Past Progressive puts emphasis on the course of an action in the past Example: He was playing football. Two actions happening at the same time (in the past) Example: While she was preparing dinner, he was washing the dishes. Action going on at a certain time in the past; one action happened after another. Example: When I was having breakfast, the phone suddenly rang.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    A: Why weren't you at the meeting?B: I _____ for an overseas call from my family.
    • A. 

      Waited

    • B. 

      Was waiting

  • 2. 
    A: What's wrong with your foot?B: I _____ on a bee while I _____ barefoot through the grass.
    • A. 

      Stepped / was running

    • B. 

      Was stepping / was running

  • 3. 
    Last night I _____ on my thesis and it took me a while to realize that my phone _____.
    • A. 

      Was working / was ringing

    • B. 

      Was working / rang

  • 4. 
    When they _____ home last night, they _____ a terrible accident.
    • A. 

      Drove / saw

    • B. 

      Were driving / saw

  • 5. 
    I really enjoyed my vacation last January. While it _____ in Iowa, the sun _____ in Florida.
    • A. 

      Was snowing / was shining

    • B. 

      Was snowing / shone

  • 6. 
    I _____ the thunder during the storm last night because I _____.
    • A. 

      Wasn't heard / was sleeping

    • B. 

      Didn't hear / was sleeping

  • 7. 
    He _____ to the radio while she _____ breakfast.He _____ to He was listening to the radio while he was preparing breakfast.
    • A. 

      Listened / was preparing

    • B. 

      Was listening / was preparing

  • 8. 
    Graham _____ out the window when he _____ a UFO.
    • A. 

      Was looking / saw

    • B. 

      Looked / saw

  • 9. 
    While Tom _____, Julie _____ a documentary on TV.‚Äč
    • A. 

      Reading / was watching

    • B. 

      Was reading / was watching

  • 10. 
    My cell phone _____ when I _____ my car.
    • A. 

      Rang / was driving

    • B. 

      Rang / drove