Past Simple And Past Continuous Tense

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Past Simple And Past Continuous Tense - Quiz

Play this Past Simple And Past Continuous Tense to test as well as enhance your English grammar knowledge. This test is for you to understand what past simple and past continuous tenses are. Many people get confused between the two, so this quiz will give you some clarity over that as well. Best of luck with this fun quiz, and try your best as you take this quiz!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    We ...... at the movie last night.

    • A.

      Was

    • B.

      Were

    • C.

      Are

    • D.

      Were being

    Correct Answer
    B. Were
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "were" because the sentence is in the past tense and the subject is plural. "Were" is the past tense form of the verb "to be" for plural subjects, indicating that multiple people or things were involved in watching the movie last night.

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  • 2. 

    At six o’clock yesterday I ...... my Math homework.

    • A.

      Was doing

    • B.

      Were doing

    • C.

      Was being done

    • D.

      Did

    Correct Answer
    A. Was doing
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "was doing" because the sentence is in the past tense and the action of doing the Math homework was ongoing at a specific time in the past (six o'clock yesterday). The past continuous tense "was doing" is used to describe an action that was happening at a specific time in the past.

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  • 3. 

    He ...... the office a few minutes ago.

    • A.

      Has just left

    • B.

      Was leaving

    • C.

      Left

    • D.

      Was left

    Correct Answer
    C. Left
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "left" because the phrase "a few minutes ago" indicates that the action of leaving the office happened in the past. "Has just left" implies a recent action, but the phrase "a few minutes ago" suggests that the action is no longer recent. "Was leaving" indicates an ongoing action in the past, which is not suitable in this context. "Was left" is in the passive voice and does not fit the sentence structure.

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  • 4. 

    While she ...... to drive, she had a bad accident.

    • A.

      Learned

    • B.

      Learning

    • C.

      Had learned

    • D.

      Was learning

    Correct Answer
    D. Was learning
    Explanation
    The sentence suggests that the person was in the process of learning to drive when the accident occurred. The use of "was learning" indicates that the action of learning was ongoing at a specific point in the past.

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  • 5. 

    It was raining hard when I ...... at  the theatre.

    • A.

      Was arriving

    • B.

      Arrived

    • C.

      Have already arrived

    • D.

      Arriving

    Correct Answer
    B. Arrived
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "arrived". The sentence is in the past tense, indicating that the action of arriving at the theater has already happened. The word "when" also suggests a specific point in time, further supporting the use of the past tense.

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  • 6. 

    I ...... two cars two years ago.

    • A.

      Was

    • B.

      Had

    • C.

      Had been

    • D.

      Has had

    Correct Answer
    B. Had
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "had" because it is the past tense form of the verb "have" and is used to indicate an action that occurred in the past. In this sentence, the speaker is referring to an action of owning or possessing two cars in the past, specifically two years ago.

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  • 7. 

    You ...... all the food last night.

    • A.

      Eaten

    • B.

      Had eaten

    • C.

      Has eaten

    • D.

      Ate

    Correct Answer
    D. Ate
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "ate." This is because "ate" is the simple past tense of the verb "eat," which indicates that the action of eating the food occurred in the past.

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  • 8. 

    I ...... when you called me.

    • A.

      Drove

    • B.

      Was

    • C.

      Was driving

    • D.

      Driven

    Correct Answer
    C. Was driving
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "was driving". This is because the sentence is in the past continuous tense, indicating an ongoing action in the past. The verb "was driving" correctly conveys the idea that the speaker was in the middle of driving when the phone call occurred.

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  • 9. 

    He ...... from there.

    • A.

      Escaped

    • B.

      Had escape

    • C.

      Has escape

    • D.

      Had been escaping

    Correct Answer
    A. Escaped
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "escaped". This is the past tense form of the verb "escape", indicating that the action of escaping has already happened in the past.

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  • 10. 

    When I ......, I got shocked.

    • A.

      Hear the news

    • B.

      Did heard

    • C.

      Heard

    • D.

      Hearing

    Correct Answer
    C. Heard
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "heard". The sentence is in the past tense, and "heard" is the correct past tense form of the verb "hear". The phrase "I got shocked" indicates that something surprising or shocking happened after the action of hearing the news.

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