Click here to go back to the homepage to learn English...Add a new lesson / test
Please log in!


Remember me
I've lost my password


2 million accounts created!
JOIN our free club and learn English now!



  • Home
  • Print
  • Guestbook
  • Report a bug




  • GREAT!
    Get a free English lesson every week! 2 MILLION subscribers!
    Click here!






    Ads:







    Partners:
    - English translator
    - Our other sites
       


    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #37204: Past simple or continuous
    > Other English exercises on the same topic: | Past [Change theme]
    > Similar tests: - Past simple or present perfect - Placement test 1 - Past simple (video) - Modal : may/might - Past simple - Adverbs and past tense - Pluperfect / past perfect - Past Simple or Past Continuous
    > Double-click on words you don't understand


    Past simple or continuous


    Past simple or  Preterite continuous (BE + -ING)?


    1) Preterite


    How to use: Short actions in the past.


    How to build


    regular verbs : V + -ed

    Jordan locked the door 


    irregular verbs : you should learn them on the site :)

    Then, he left (forme irrgulire du verbe to leave)  

                        

                        -Questions: use DID

    Did + subject + verb

    Did he smile


    except for the auxiliary BE:
    Was he happy?


                        -Negation: use "didn't".

    Subject + didn't + Verb

     Mike didn't understand the lesson.     


    except for the auxiliary BE:

     He was not sick.   He wasn't sick.





    2) Past continuous


    How to use: a longer action in the past was interrupted.


    How to build: to be (past simple) + verb ending in -ING

     I was sleeping when the phone rang.

                      

                        Questions:

                        Were you sleeping when the phone rang ?


                        Negation:

                       I wasn't sleeping when the phone rang.



    Caution : 1-syllable verb ending in: consonant+vowel+consonant = 2 final consonants

    Example : sitting
    But NOT with: helping



    EXERCISE - Complete these sentences with one of these two tenses.






    Twitter Share
    English exercise "Past simple or continuous" created by lucile83 with The test builder
    Click here to see the current stats of this English test [Save] [Load] [?]


    I (watch) TV when my wife called me. When she (look) up, I realized that she was crying. I immediately (think) that something terrible had happened. Actually, a mouse (run) in the kitchen. I (open) the door and it left. It was late and my son (sleep). I (switch) off the light in his bedroom, but he (hear) me and he woke up. So, I (decide) to read a story but while I (read), I realized that he had fallen asleep again.








    End of the free exercise to learn English: Past simple or continuous
    A free English exercise to learn English.
    Other English exercises on the same topic : | Past | All our lessons and exercises



    Share : Facebook / Google+ / Twitter / ...