Past Continuous Tense Quiz!

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  • 1. 

    Were Lina and Maria working at home?

    • A.

      Correct

    • B.

      Incorrect

    Correct Answer
    A. Correct
    Explanation
    The given answer "correct" suggests that Lina and Maria were indeed working at home. This implies that both individuals were engaged in some form of work or tasks within the confines of their home environment.

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  • 2. 

    We were drinking coffee while Susan was sleeping.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement "We were drinking coffee while Susan was sleeping" implies that the two actions were happening simultaneously. It suggests that "we" were engaged in the activity of drinking coffee at the same time that Susan was sleeping. Therefore, the correct answer is true.

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  • 3. 

    Choose the sentence that correctly uses the past continuous tense.  

    • A.

      She was watching TV when the phone rang.

    • B.

      They eat dinner at eight o'clock last night.

    Correct Answer
    A. She was watching TV when the phone rang.
    Explanation
    The past continuous tense describes actions or events in progress at a specific time in the past. It is formed using "was" or "were" with the "-ing" form of the verb. For example, "She was watching TV when the phone rang" illustrates an ongoing action interrupted by another event.

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  • 4. 

    Peter ____________ a lot of noise.

    • A.

      Was not doing

    • B.

      Was shouting

    • C.

      Was screaming

    • D.

      Was not speaking

    Correct Answer
    A. Was not doing
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "was not doing" because the sentence states that Peter was making a lot of noise, which implies that he was doing something to create that noise. However, the answer "was not doing" indicates that Peter was not engaged in any specific activity that was causing the noise. Therefore, this answer is the most appropriate to describe the situation.

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  • 5. 

    We ____________  in the garden.

    • A.

      Were not runing 

    • B.

      Were resting

    • C.

      Are jumping

    • D.

      Were cring in the garden

    Correct Answer
    B. Were resting
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "were resting". This is because the sentence is in the past tense and the verb "resting" agrees with the subject "we".

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  • 6. 

    You _______________ with my sister.

    • A.

      Was dating 

    • B.

      Were singing

    • C.

      Were not studing

    • D.

      Was not watching TV

    Correct Answer
    B. Were singing
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "were singing". This is because the sentence is in the past continuous tense, which is used to describe an ongoing action in the past. The verb "singing" is in the past continuous form, and it is correctly paired with the subject "you".

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  • 7. 

    _____ a bunch of roses when you opened the door?

    • A.

      Was your husband holdding

    • B.

      Was your husband helding

    • C.

      Was your husband holding

    • D.

      Was your husband heldding

    Correct Answer
    C. Was your husband holding
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Was your husband holding." This is the correct form of the verb "hold" in the past continuous tense. It is used to describe an action that was happening at a specific point in the past. In this case, it suggests that the husband was in the act of holding a bunch of roses when the door was opened.

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  • 8. 

    Andres _____ something into her mobile phone when Luis appeared.

    • A.

      Was typping

    • B.

      Was typeing

    • C.

      Typing

    • D.

      Was typing

    Correct Answer
    D. Was typing
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "was typing". This is the correct form of the past continuous tense to describe an ongoing action in the past. The sentence suggests that Andres was in the middle of typing something into her mobile phone when Luis appeared.

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  • 9. 

    Some friends _____ yesterday evening.

    • A.

      Were playing

    • B.

      Weren´t plaing

    • C.

      Was playing

    • D.

      Were playying

    Correct Answer
    A. Were playing
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "were playing" because the subject "friends" is plural, so the verb should also be in the plural form "were." Additionally, the word "playing" is the correct verb form to match with the subject "friends" in the past continuous tense.

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  • 10. 

    Daniela _____ herself on Facebook.

    • A.

      Entertain

    • B.

      Entertaining

    • C.

      Has entertaining

    • D.

      Was entertaining

    Correct Answer
    D. Was entertaining
    Explanation
    The verb tense in this sentence should be in the past continuous form to convey that Daniela was engaged in an action in the past. In this case, the action of "entertaining herself on Facebook" was ongoing or in progress at a specific point in the past. Therefore, "was entertaining" is the appropriate verb form to use in this context.

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  • 11. 

    The kids _____ bags full of stuff through the airport.

    • A.

      Wasn't dragging

    • B.

      Weren't draging

    • C.

      Not dragging

    • D.

      Weren't dragging

    Correct Answer
    D. Weren't dragging
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "weren't dragging." This is because the subject of the sentence is "kids," which is plural, so the verb should also be plural. "Weren't" is the plural form of "wasn't" and is the correct verb choice to agree with the subject. "Dragging" is the correct verb form in this sentence to show that the kids were pulling or carrying bags through the airport.

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  • 12. 

    Select the correct ones.

    • A.

      Rowing

    • B.

      Danceing

    • C.

      Trying

    • D.

      Speaking

    • E.

      Swimming

    • F.

      Lieing

    • G.

      Loving

    • H.

      Working

    • I.

      Listenning

    • J.

      Running

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Rowing
    C. Trying
    D. Speaking
    E. Swimming
    G. Loving
    H. Working
    J. Running
    Explanation
    The correct answer includes the words "rowing, trying, speaking, swimming, loving, working, running." These words are all correctly spelled and are verbs that describe different actions or activities.

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  • 13. 

    Peter ________ (drink) soda in his dinner.

    Correct Answer(s)
    was drinking
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "was drinking" because the sentence is in the past tense and the verb "drink" needs to be conjugated in the past continuous form to indicate an ongoing action in the past. Therefore, "was drinking" is the appropriate choice to complete the sentence.

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  • 14. 

    All the citizens  ________ (try) to pay their taxes.

    Correct Answer(s)
    were trying
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "were trying" because the sentence is in the past tense and refers to a continuous action in the past. "Were trying" is the past continuous tense form of the verb "try" and accurately describes the action of citizens attempting to pay their taxes.

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  • 15. 

    I  ________ ( not make ) my dinner at 8 o’clock last night.

    Correct Answer(s)
    was not making , Was not making, wasn't making
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "was not making" because the sentence is in the past tense and the negative form of the verb "make" is "was not making." This indicates that the action of making dinner did not happen at 8 o'clock last night.

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  • 16. 

    Joe and Sam ________  (use) the wrong program in IT yesterday.

    Correct Answer(s)
    were using
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "were using" because it is the past continuous tense of the verb "use". This tense is used to describe an ongoing action that was happening in the past. In this case, Joe and Sam were actively using the wrong program in IT yesterday.

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  • 17. 

    Paula ________ (come) home from school when she saw an accident.

    Correct Answer(s)
    was coming
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "was coming" because the sentence is describing an action that was happening in the past. "Was coming" is the past continuous tense of the verb "come" and indicates that Paula was in the process of coming home from school when she saw the accident.

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  • 18. 

    In 1999 most people  ________ (not live) in Dublin. 

    Correct Answer(s)
    were not living
    Explanation
    In 1999, the majority of people in Dublin were not living there. This suggests that there was a significant number of individuals who resided elsewhere during that time.

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  • 19. 

    Andrew  ________ (insert) a photo into his document when the teacher stopped the class.

    Correct Answer(s)
    was inserting
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "was inserting" because the sentence is in the past tense and is describing an action that was happening at a specific point in the past. "Was inserting" is the correct past continuous tense form of the verb "to insert" to match the subject "Andrew."

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  • 20. 

    He ________ (open) the box when he cut his finger.

    Correct Answer(s)
    was opening
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "was opening". This is because the sentence is in the past tense and the action of opening the box was ongoing at the time when he cut his finger. The past continuous tense "was opening" is used to describe an action that was happening in the past at a specific moment.

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