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Fill in with Past Simple or Past Continuous.

Last night I ____________________(be) alone at home. I _________________________(lie) on my bed and I
______________________________(watch) TV when I _________________________(hear) a strange noise.
The noise ___________________________(come) from the kitchen. I _________________________(go)
downstairs, ___________________________(pick up) a heavy vase from the table and ____________________
(head for) the kitchen. I _______________________(open) the door very slowly. Then I __________________
(see) someone. He _____________________________(search) in the fridge. I ________________________(be)
so frightened that I ____________________________(drop) the vase I _________________________________
(carry) and it _____________________________(crash) onto the floor. The man _______________________
(turn) towards the door and I _________________________(see) his face. It was my husband!
Fill in with the Past Simple or Past Perfect then state which action happened first.
1

When I left (leave) the house, I realised (realise) that I
First action:

2

had forgotten (forget) my keys.

had forgotten

After I ________________________(finish) digging the garden I ___________________(decided) to
go for a walk.
First action: ____________________________

3

I __________________________(lend) Fiona some money only after she ________________________
(promise) to give it back the next day.
First action: ____________________________

4

They kept arguing about the money their father ___________________________(leave) them in his will
when he ___________________________(die).
First action: ____________________________

5

Kate _________________________(start) studying after John _______________________(leave).
First action: ____________________________

6

I _____________________________(buy) Beckie a plant yesterday because she ___________________
(sing) so well in the concert the night before.
First action: ____________________________

7

When I ___________________________(see) Julie, I __________________________(realise) that I
________________________________(meet) her before.
First action: _____________________________

Fill in a suitable word or phrase using 'Present' or 'Past' verb forms.
1

As soon as I

saw that the house was

on fire, I phoned the fire brigade.

2

By the end of 1990 he ____________________________________________ eleven different countries.

3

The river flooded because _______________________________________________ heavily for weeks.

4

Where have you been? I _______________________________________________________ for hours.

5

The first time I _________________________________________________ a bicycle, I kept falling off.

I _________________________(enjoy) it very much.6 Steven didn't realise he _____________________________________ until he put his hand in his pocket. that ________________(be) the reason why I ______________________(call) you now. Last month I ______________________(go) to Japan – it _______________________(be) fantastic! Jane: Wow! Japan! How long __________________________(you / stay) there? Tell me all about it. He ____________________________________________________ for an hour. nothing _______________________(happen)! Someone ____________________________(leave) the headlights on and the battery ________________________(go) flat. 'Present Simple'. . 7 Mark was out of breath. 'Present Continuous' or 'Present Perfect'. Jane. I haven't heard (not / hear) from you for a long time. She _____________________(be) furious as Lucy _______________________(use) the car last and it _______________________(be) her who _____________________________(forget) to switch off the lights. Put the verbs in brackets into the Past Simple or the Past Perfect. 10 Don't make too much noise! The baby ____________________________________________________. 2 She _______________________________________ her red skirt but it was dirty. when she ____________________________(turn) the key. Where _______________________ (you / be)? John: I ____________________(start) a new job six months ago. I ___________________(be) a computer salesman now. I __________________(need) an assistant. My company _________________ (send) me abroad every few weeks. But when she _________________________(open) the fridge. The company always _____________________(pay) for everything. Angie _______________________(head) for the bus stop to wait in the freezing cold. John: I ___________________(stay) there for three weeks in a luxurious hotel. the company __________________(tell) me to choose someone and I immediately __________________(think) of you. She _______________________(scrape) it off and ________________________(get) into the car. 8 He is very strong because ______________________________________________________ every day. Johnny. 9 He ______________________________________________________ the park when it started to snow. Fill in with 'Past Simple'. John: Well. Last Monday Angie got up (get up) for work as usual and _______________________(go) to the kitchen to have some breakfast. There she _________________________(find) that she ______________________________(forget) to put the cover on the car the night before and there _______________________(be) thick frost all over the windscreen. Jane: Hi. 1 He was going to drink some orange juice but there was none left. she __________________ (find) that her flatmate Lucy ____________________________(drink) all the milk – not a good start to the day! So she _________________________(get) dressed and _____________________(go) out to the car. Jane: I'd love a job like yours. actually. However. Last week. Write what was going to happen but didn't happen. 3 They ______________________________________ some flowers but the shop was closed. What _____________________(think)? Jane: When __________________________(I / start).