Past Simple vs Past Continuous – Grammar Exercise

Intermediate

Grammar: Past Simple vs Past Continuous

Imagine when things happened. Complete the sentences using when, while, after, before, because or during

Example: They decided to get divorced…

… during their honeymoon.

… after they had their fourth child.

… when they both fell in love with other people.

  1. He broke his arm …

during … ________________________________________________________________________________

while … _________________________________________________________________________________

before … ________________________________________________________________________________

  1. It was so embarrassing! I fell asleep …

after … __________________________________________________________________________________

while … _________________________________________________________________________________

before … ________________________________________________________________________________

during … ________________________________________________________________________________

  1. She found it difficult to get a job …

because … _______________________________________________________________________________

after … __________________________________________________________________________________

during … ________________________________________________________________________________

when … _________________________________________________________________________________

  1. I had plenty of time to read …

when … _________________________________________________________________________________

after … __________________________________________________________________________________

during … ________________________________________________________________________________

  1. I forgot to renew my passport …

after … __________________________________________________________________________________

when … _________________________________________________________________________________

before … ________________________________________________________________________________

A Special Holiday in Madeira

Put the verbs in brackets into the correct form – Past Simple or Past Continuous

Last February, I __________ (decide) to go on holiday to the island of Madeira. One morning I __________ (leave) England, it ___________ (rain), but when I ___________ (land) in Funchal, the capital of Madeira, the sun __________ (shine) and a lovely, warm breeze __________ (blow) from the sea. I __________ (take) a taxi to my hotel. As I __________ (sign) the register, someone __________ (tap) me on the shoulder. I __________ (not can) believe my eyes! It was my old girlfriend. She __________ (stay) at the same hotel. The next day, we __________ (go) for a walk together in the hills and we __________ (see) hundreds of beautiful wild flowers. It __________ (get) dark when we __________ (return) to our hotel after a very interesting day. We __________ (spend) the rest of the week together; it was very romantic. We __________ (feel) very sad when the holiday ___________ (end).

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