Past Simple or Past continuous exercise

 

 

 

Exercise for Past Simple and Past Continuous

 

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Past Simple or Past Continuous?

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Question 1
The radio was on but nobody ..... .
A
listened it
B
was listening to it
C
were listening to it
D
listened to it
Question 2
It was a very difficult moment. We ....... what to do
A
didn't know
B
weren't knowing
C
not knew
D
wasn't knowing
Question 3
I ..... John in the street last Tuesday but he ...... me. He .... in a shop window.
A
- saw, - didn't see, - was looking
B
- was seeing, - didn't see, - was looking
C
- saw, wasn't seeing, - looked
D
- saw, - saw, - was looking
Hint:
with "but" we need to use a negative to show contrast with "saw"
Question 4
How fast ........ when the accident ........ ?
A
- did you drive, - happened
B
- were you driving, - happened
C
- were you driving, - was happening
D
- did you drive, - was happening
Question 5
When I ....... at school, I ........ to be a train driver.
A
- was, - wanted
B
- have been, - 've wanted
C
- stayed, - wanted
D
- was, was wanting
Question 5 Explanation: 
"want" is usually a non-continuous verb
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