T015-Past Tense - Simple or Progressive

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 correct form of the PAST TENSE (Simple or Progressive)

  1. Tom a photo when I (TAKE, NOT LOOK)
  2. I vegetables in the kitchen when I the terrible story on the six o'clock news (CUT, HEAR)
  3. She into tears when she his name (BURST, RECOGNISE)
  4. The sun brightly when the adventurers off from their cottage (SHINE, SET)
  5. What a terrible accident! Steve his car when a bird into his windscreen (DRIVE, FLY)
  6. Why all through the history lesson yesterday (YOU LAUGH) ?
  7. First she the advertisement , then she the company (READ, CALL)
  8. At eight o'clock yesterday evening the plane from Los Angeles to Sydney. (FLY)
  9. We carefully while they the plan to us (LISTEN, EXPLAIN)
  10. Last weekend while Julie her room she some of the toys she when she a child. (TIDY, FIND, HAVE, BE)


  1. As she the street, she and . (CROSS, SLIP, FALL)
  2. While my mother dinner we in the garden (PREPARE, PLAY).
  3. We all when some terrible noise us up (SLEEP, WAKE)
  4. Yesterday, when I in the park I my watch (WALK, LOSE)
  5. Cinderella to work hard while her step-sisters fun at the ball (HAVE, HAVE)
  6. Last night Sally TV in her bedroom when suddenly she a scream outside (WATCH, HEAR)
  7. The fishing boat the shore when the tornado . (APPROACH, COME)
  8. I about their offer the whole night but I any decision. (THINK, NOT TAKE)
  9. I the bell because the radio loudly (NOT CAN, PLAY)
  10. The airplane fire just as it off. (CATCH, TAKE)