Past Simple versus Past Continuous 4

Gap-fill exercise

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Read the following stories, then complete the sentences.

Jenny left home at 7.30 a.m., she drove to the train station and arrived at 7.51 a.m. She bought a magazine, which (because it was very crowded) took her 10 minutes (from 7.52 to 8.02). Then she caught the train at 8.24 a.m. She arrived at 8.53. She walked to her office, which took 7 minutes. She arrived at her office at 9.00 exactly.

Kyle woke up at 7.40 a.m. and left his flat at 8 o’clock. He took the bus to work at 8.12 and the bus arrived at 8.45 a.m. Then he ran to work (because he was late), which took him 6 minutes and arrived at 8.51. After that he started to work.

James arrived at work at 7.30 a.m., he had a cup of tea and read The Times for 15 minutes. Then he turned on his computer, and for 10 minutes (7.55 a.m.) he answered his e-mails. Then he worked on an important project for 45 minutes, had another cup of tea for ten minutes (until 8.50 a.m.). He spoke to a customer, until 8.55 a.m. Then he finished his project.


1. When Jenny (to leave) home, Kyle (to sleep).
2. James (to have) a cup of tea and (to read) The Times when Kyle (to get) up.
3. While Jenny (to buy) a magazine and James (to work), Kyle (to leave) the house.
4. Kyle (to arrive) at work while James (to speak) to a customer.
5. When Jenny (to arrive) at work, the other two (to work).