Past Simple versus Past Continuous 1

Gap-fill exercise

Fill in all the gaps, then press "Check" to check your answers. Use the "Hint" button to get a free letter if an answer is giving you trouble. You can also click on the "[?]" button to get a clue. Note that you will lose points if you ask for hints or clues!
Fill in the gaps using the correct form of the Past Simple or the Past Continuous. Mind the irregular verbs.


1. Wendy (to break) her arm last week. It (to happen) when she (to paint) her room. She (to fall) off her ladder.
2. The train (to arrive) at the station and Paula (to get) off. Two friends of hers, Mike and Bill, (to wait) to meet her.
3. Yesterday Susan (to walk) along the road when she (to meet) Peter.
4. Frannie (to live) in Cambridge when her grandmother (to die).
5. When you (to call) me at 8 o’clock, I (to have) a bath.
6. Rick (to watch) TV when his girfriend (to get) home.
7. They (to get) married while they (to study) at the London School of Economics.
8. I (to fix) the roof when you (to ride) against my ladder.
9. How (you / to break) the window? We (to play) football. I (to kick) the ball and it (to hit) the window.
10. (you / to see) Daniel yesterday? Yes, he (to wear) a nice coat.
11. What (you / to do) at 8 o’clock yesterday?
12. I (to lose) my key last night. How (you / to get) into your house? I (to call) my father who has a spare key.