T016-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. The lights out as we the plans for the wedding (GO, DISCUSS)
  2. I on a road in the mountains when I out of petrol. (DRIVE, RUN)
  3. "What between 5 and 7 yesterday afternoon? (YOU DO) - I in the Red Lion Pub with a lot of other people. (SIT)
  4. The singer his best hits while the fans over the fence. (SING, CLIMB)
  5. While the woman into the bus, the driver suddenly . (GET, MOVE)
  6. When that the train into the opposite direction ? (YOU REALISE, GO)
  7. That's terrible ! A four year old boy from a bridge while he after his dog. (FALL, RUN)
  8. This morning while I past the supermarket I something strange hanging from the roof. (WALK, NOTICE)
  9. We out because it . (NOT GO, RAIN)
  10. When Betty , Ann and Jane a cup of tea (ARRIVE, JUST HAVE)


  1. The weather was bad as I in a queue for the cinema - It heavily and a cold wind ( STAND, RAIN, BLOW)
  2. They in the fields when they a UFO flying over their heads (PLAY, SEE)
  3. The earthquake the region at three in the morning. Many inhabitants in their houses. (HIT, SLEEP)
  4. When they the car two years ago a doctor it (BUY, OWN)
  5. Linda and John the car when it to rain. They everything away and into the house where mother cookies. (WASH, START, PUT, RUN, JUST MAKE)
  6. I haven't seen Andy for ages. When I last him he for a job somewhere in London. (MEET, LOOK)
  7. Yesterday when I home from school, a man out on the road. Luckily I very fast, so I managed to stop in time and him. (CYCLE, STEP, NOT GO, NOT HIT)
  8. Carol at the party last night ? - Yes she that wonderful dress she bought in Paris. (YOU MEET, WEAR, BUY)
  9. The car strange noises all the way home. (MAKE)
  10. Simon an ice cream and then he home (BUY, GO)