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Grammar and StructureGRAMMAR & STRUCTURE — Exercises
Past Continuous

 
 

Answer the following questions to check your knowledge of past continuous.

Choose the correct verb to complete the following sentences.

Example

I __________ in the lake yesterday at 10:00 p.m.
swam
was swimming

The correct answer is "was swimming".


1.

Ingrid __________ dinner when the phone rang.

 

prepared

 

was preparing

     
2.

Sylvia __________ in Europe last summer.

 

was studying

 

is studying

     
3.

Bob __________ on the varsity basketball team when he was in university.

 

was playing

 

played

     
4.

Beatrice __________ a detective novel at 8:30 last night.

 

read

 

was reading

     
5.

What __________ we __________ at this time last year?

 

was / doing

 

were / doing

     
Choose the correct form of the past continuous.
     
6.

They __________ every day at lunch when they met.

 

was running

 

were running

     
7.

My husband __________ the house all day yesterday.

 

was painting

 

were painting

     
8.

While we __________ our wine, a band was playing quietly in the corner.

 

was sipping

 

were sipping

     
9.

Columbus __________ to arrive in India when he discovered America.

 

was expecting

 

were expecting

     
10.

You didn't see the sunset because you __________ in the waves.

 

was playing

 

were playing