Past simple vs past continuous

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Fill in the gaps with the past simple or past continuous form of the verbs in brackets

  1. I ______________ (walk) home when I ______________ (meet) Maria.

  2. John __________________ (wait) for me when I ________________ (arrive).

  3. I haven’t seen Andrew for ages. When I last _________________ (see) him, he ___________________ (try) to find a job in Dublin.

  4. He _________________ (read) the newspaper when the phone _______________ (ring).

  5. I _________________ (make) a sandwich when Mike _______________ (arrive).

  6. We ________________ (not go) out because it ________________ (rain).

  7. When I was young, I _____________ (want) to be a doctor.

  8. He usually wears sandals but when I last ______________ (see) him he _________________ (wear) boots.

  9. My brother ______________ (see) you in the park two days ago. You__________________ (play) football with Stuart.

  10. While I _________________ (work) in the garden, I _________________ (hurt) my back.


Correct answers:

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.
7) wanted.
8) saw; was wearing.
9) saw; were playing.
10) was working; hurt.

Downloadable PDF – past simple or past continuous – quiz with answers



Do you know the difference between WHO, WHOM, and WHOSE?

who whom whose




Interactive quiz “Who, whom or whose?

Downloadable PDF:



Simple present or present progressive?


Taken from Alexander, L. G. (1998), Longman English Grammar Practice for intermediate students, Harlow, Longman

Quiz on past tenses

Fill in the gaps with a verb from the box in the past simple, past perfect simple or past perfect continuous tenses. Use each verb once:

Quiz on past tenses

Tomorrow the answers will be available on Facebook: Free English Materials (Album: Quizzes’ answers).

Taken from Hopkins, D., Cullen, P. (2007), Grammar for IELTS, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, p. 33.

Click here for an interactive version of this quiz: Quiz on past tenses.


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:

My day

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This one is on action verbs:

action verbs

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This one is on Indirect/Reported Speech:

Reported speech1

Reported Speech 2

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On this website, you can also find this kind of printable handouts:

Worksheet on Past Simple vs Continuous Correct answers worksheet past simple vs continuous

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As you can see, there are grammar rules for a quick review, then exercises with answer keys.

Elanguest YouTube Channel

Elanguest has a fantastic YouTube channel where you can find a variety of videos with subtitles.

For instance, this is a video on English vocabulary (topic: hotel). It is perfect for those who are willing to review their vocabulary before going on holidays abroad. In this video, you can read, see, and hear all the most common words related to this topic:

Another video that could come in handy is on shopping vocabulary:

Elanguest’s videos are not only related to English vocabulary. For example, this one is on Active and Passive forms and their uses in English (Grammar):

The topic of the following video is Present simple/continuous:

Test – Time adverbs/ expressions

Fill in the blanks with time adverbs or expressions written in the box:
16-08-2015 Test

Tomorrow the answers will be available on Facebook: Free English Materials (Album: Quizzes’ answers).

Click here for an interactive version of this quiz: Test – Time adverbs/expressions


Linking words – test

Linking words (named also “connecting words”) are essential for those who want to improve their writing skills.
What are linking words?
As you can deduce these English words are employed to link/connect parts of speech or whole sentences.
Linking words can be used to:

– show the reason for something;
– add ideas together;
– contrast ideas.


Find out if you know how to use linking words, take this test:

Test on linking wordsGriffiths, M. (2010), IELTS Writing: A Comprehensive Guide, Smashwords Edition. 

Tomorrow the answers will be available on Facebook: Free English Materials (Album Quizzes’ answers).

Do you know the difference between “to shout to somebody” and “to shout at somebody”?

TO SHOUT AT (somebody) => When you are angry.
TO SHOUT TO (somebody) => When you want  people to hear you.

Example sentences:

  • Look, I am not some college student you can shout at.
  • He shouted to me from the other side of the street.

If you want you can download this mind map as imx file here: Biggerplate.