Fill in the gaps with the past simple or past continuous form of the verbs in brackets
I ______________ (walk) home when I ______________ (meet) Maria.
John __________________ (wait) for me when I ________________ (arrive).
I haven’t seen Andrew for ages. When I last _________________ (see) him, he ___________________ (try) to find a job in Dublin.
He _________________ (read) the newspaper when the phone _______________ (ring).
I _________________ (make) a sandwich when Mike _______________ (arrive).
We ________________ (not go) out because it ________________ (rain).
When I was young, I _____________ (want) to be a doctor.
He usually wears sandals but when I last ______________ (see) him he _________________ (wear) boots.
My brother ______________ (see) you in the park two days ago. You__________________ (play) football with Stuart.
While I _________________ (work) in the garden, I _________________ (hurt) my back.
1) was walking; met.
2) was waiting; arrived.
3) saw; was trying.
4) was reading; rang.
5) was making; arrived.
6) didn’t go; was raining.
8) saw; was wearing.
9) saw; were playing.
10) was working; hurt.
Downloadable PDF – past simple or past continuous – quiz with answers
Bamby was exploring the forest when he encountered a fallen log (trunk) . Thumper, the rabbit , decided to use this trunk to teach Bamby how to jump. After that, Thumper taught Bamby to say “bird“ and “butterfly“.
The simple past of the verb “to teach” is “taught”.
Remember that the plural of “butterfly” is “butterflies” and the singular of “leaves” is “leaf”.
iSLCollective (Internet Second Language Collective) is a website where you can find useful resources. You must register in order to download the handouts, but it’s for free. For example, this is a poster on daily activities:
This one is on action verbs:
This one is on Indirect/Reported Speech:
On this website, you can also find this kind of printable handouts:
As you can see, there are grammar rules for a quick review, then exercises with answer keys.
I found this channel on YouTube which I think could be extremely useful for beginners and intermediate students.
Besides, you have subtitles on each video which is great ;-).
This is a Level 1 video on London:
This is the channel’s link: Stories To Learn English
This is Beauty and the Beast (Level 1):
For more advanced English students, this is a Level 6 video. Pride and Prejudice:
How to express feelings in English (for beginners) – PRO ACE’s video
How to express emotions in English (for beginners) – Shaw English Online’s video:
Expressing feelings in English (for Intermediate English students) – ESLEnglishFaby’s video:
Watch the video for more terms related to the living room and to hear how to pronounce them if you have doubts:
Example sentences from the web:
- ON TIME
– Today’s flight is on time. Departure is 10:30 am. (=the flight will leave on time, it’s on schedule to leave at 10:30 am)
– Remember to be on time for work tomorrow or I will fire you! (=do not be late)
– He starts a new job at the railway station tomorrow and he wants to be on time for work. (= he doesn’t want to be late)
- IN TIME
– Will you be home in time for lunch? (= soon enough for lunch)
– He was just in time for the last train. (= he was almost too late)
– The plot to assassinate the president was discovered just in time. (= they could find the hit man before it was too late, otherwise, the president would have been murdered)
Video on this topic:
Now you are ready to test your knowledge on this topic :-).