Past Simple, Past Continuous or Past Perfect Exercise

Mixed Forms in the Past – B1 Intermediate Level

Multiple Choice Exercise

Complete the gaps in the sentences by choosing the correct form of the PAST SIMPLE, PAST CONTINUOUS & PAST PERFECT.

  • Use the Past Simple: When the action is finished and the time is past.
  • Use the Past Continuous: When the action is unfinished in the past.
  • Use the Past Perfect: To show that one action happened before another in the past.
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Past Simple, Past Continuous or Past Perfect

Choose the correct form of the verb in the Past Simple, Past Continuous or Past Perfect to complete the gaps in the sentences.

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She ________ the answers to all the exercises.

2 / 40

It took a long time but after I _______ enough money, I ________ a car.

3 / 40

When we arrived, the film _____. We were late.

4 / 40

I _________ her immediately even though I ________ her for 20 years.

5 / 40

Yesterday, she _______ to the post-office.

6 / 40

I __________ my husband before we ________ at a party.

7 / 40

The thieves _______ a quiet time. The street _____ quiet.

8 / 40

I _______ the man as I _______ the road.

9 / 40

After she ________ her lunch, she ________ the restaurant.

10 / 40

She didn't pass the English exam even though she ______ every evening.

11 / 40

We _________ dinner when the doorbell _____.

12 / 40

The children _______ in the garden while I __________ dinner.

13 / 40

I didn't like the dress she _____ yesterday.

14 / 40

He hurt his leg when he _____ football.

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I _______ a job until I __________ university.

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Lunch was delicious because I _________ anything for breakfast.

17 / 40

We couldn't get a table at the restaurant because we ______.

18 / 40

He was hit by a car when he _____ to school.

19 / 40

We couldn't snowboard because it ______ enough. We went too early in the season.

20 / 40

When the men ______ the T.V., I _________ for it.

21 / 40

She ________ on time.

22 / 40

The plane ________ at 10p.m. Right on time!

23 / 40

I ______ dinner when I got home.

24 / 40

They _____ spent all their money before the holiday was finished.

25 / 40

After she ________ the police officers, she ________ much better.

26 / 40

I ______ the door and realised I ______ my bag.

27 / 40

They ______ busy yesterday. They ________ much work to do.

28 / 40

When we _______ on the T.V., the match ________.

29 / 40

While she _______ the English exercises, he _______ dinner.

30 / 40

France _____ the football World Cup in 2019.

31 / 40

In 1450, they _______ phones, cars or the internet.

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The tennis match was postponed because it _____ too hard the night before.

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The dog _______ on the sofa, when I ______ home.

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I _________ at the airport when I ________, I had forgotten my passport.

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I _______ the phone because _________ in the garden.

36 / 40

He ________ at the station, when she _______.

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By the time, the waiter _____ our drinks, we __________ our food!

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He _______ the party because he ________ a good time.

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Luckily, the rain ______ after we ________ home.

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What time __________ this morning?

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