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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #119683: Past Simple or Continuous
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    Past Simple or Continuous

    Past Simple or Past Continuous


    The Past Simple is used when speaking about a one-time action that happened in the past.

    • To form the Past Simple: subject + infinitive + -ed    (Mind the irregular verbs) 
    • This form does not change at all if the subject (I/you/he/she/they/we) changes.
    • Example1 (to laugh): I laughed at the joke.
    • Example2 (to laugh): They laughed at the joke.

    The Past Continuous is used when speaking about an action that was in progress during a specific time in the past.
    • To form the Past Continuouswas + infinitive + -ing
    • If the subject is "You", "They", or "We", then you will form the Past Continuous by using: were + infinitive + -ing
    • Example1 (to laugh): I was laughing at the joke.
    • Example2: (to laugh): They were laughing at the joke.

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    1. We (want) some cookies yesterday.

    2. I (eat) a cookie, but you were not.

    3. She (allow) us to have some more tea.

    4. You (go) to the store when it started raining.

    5. Our friends (follow) us to the store.

    6. They annoyed us while we (choose) a dress, so we left.

    7. We (start) our car and drove away two days ago.

    8. We went to the car wash and (wash) our car last week.

    9. We (speak) to the employees when their boss arrived.

    10. One hour ago I (finish) talking, then I left.

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