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Past Simple and Past Continuous

Gap-fill exercise

Put the verbs into the correct form, past continuous or past simple.

1. I (see) Sue in town yesterday but she --- (look) the other way.
2. I (meet) Tom and Ann at the airport a few weeks ago. They (go) to Berlin and I (go) to Madrid. We (have) a chat while we (wait) for our flights.
3. I (cycle) home yesterday when suddenly a man... (step) out into the road in front of me. I (go) quite fast but luckily I (manage) to stop in time and (not/hit) him.


1. Jane (wait) for me when I (arrive).
2. 'What (you/do) this time yesterday?' 'I was asleep.'
3. ' (you/go) out last night?' 'No, I was too tired.'
4. 'Was Carol at the party last night?' 'Yes, she (wear) a really nice dress.'
5. How fast (you/drive) when the accident (happen)?
6. John (take) a photograph of me while I (not/look).
7. We were in a very difficult position. We (not/know) what to do.
8. I haven't seen Alan for ages. When I last (see) him, he (try) to find a Job in London.
9. I (walk) along the street when suddenly I (hear) footsteps behind me. Somebody (follow) me. I was frightened and I (start) to run.
10. When I was young, I (want) to be a bus driver.