Past Simple vs. Past Continuous

We use the past simple to talk about completed actions in the past. We use the past continuous to talk about actions that were ongoing in the past. When you use past simple and past continuous together, the past simple verb indicates an action that interrupted another.

Examples:

I was eating (past continuous) lunch when my phone rang (past simple).

The first action (eating) was interrupted by the second action (rang).

We were walking to the park when a dog ran across the street.

My brother called when I was doing my homework.

Try this exercise to test your skills and let us know what you think about the Past Simple and the Past Continuous tenses. Do you find them hard? Let us know what you think in the comments, and make sure to check out our other blog posts and English exercises!

Past Simple vs. Past Continuous

Choose past simple or past continuous to complete each sentence.

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Past Continuous – English Grammar Exercise

Past continuous is formed with the verb “to be” + gerund (ing). Here is an example with the verb “to eat

Past continuous can be used to talk about events in the past in these situations:

  • To show an event that started in the past and was still happening after another event began

She was baking a cake when the phone rang.

  • To show something that continued over some time

They were shouting.

  • To explain something that happened repeatedly in the past

They were playing football every week, three times a week.

Try the exercise below and fill in the blanks with the past continuous!

Ex: He was walking (walk) in the park when it started to rain.

Past Continuous

Fill in the blanks with the past continuous.

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The Verb To Be (Contractions) – English Grammar Exercise

We can write the BE verb to make it shorter like this:

Now let’s try using it!

To BE verb contractions I

Read the sentences. Change the BE verb to make it shorter

To BE verb contractions II

Read the sentences. Change the BE verb to make it shorter

You can also practice at home by drawing pictures and writing short sentences using the shorter BE verb.
Let us know how it goes!

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