Grammar Quiz

Past Tense and Past Continuous Quiz


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When you called, I __________ the newspaper.

A. had been reading

B. was reading

C. had read

D. read


When you called yesterday at 8:00, I ———- the floor.

A. mopped

B. mop

C. was mopping

D. were mopping


When I (walk) into the room, everyone (work).

A. When I was walking into the room, everyone works.

B. When I was walking into the room, everyone was working.

C. When I walked into the room, everyone was working.

D. When I walked into the room, everyone works.


It (be) a day last September. The sun (shine) and the birds (sing). I (walk) along the street when I (meet) an old friend.

A. It was being a day last September. The sun shone and the birds sang . I was walking along the street when I met an old friend.

B. It was a day last September. The sun was shining and the birds were singing . I was walking along the street when I met an old friend.

C. It was a day last September. The sun was shining and the birds were singing . I was walking along the street when I was meeting an old friend.

D. It was being a day last September. The sun shone and the birds sang . I walked along the street when I met an old friend.


My mother __________ the whole of yesterday evening.

A. had been knitting

B. was knitting

C. is knitting

D. had knitted


——— I was doing the gardening, the telephone rang.

A. While

B. When


We ——– television when the power went off.

A. were watching

B. watching

C. was watching

D. watched


He (take) a shower when the telephone (ring).

A. He was taking a shower when the telephone rang.

B. He took a shower when the telephone was ringing.

C. He was taking a shower when the telephone was ringing.

D. He took a shower when the telephone rang.


I was listening to the radio when Adam ———.

A. phoned

B. phone

C. phones

D. was phoning


I could not sleep as the noise __________ on all night.

A. had gone

B. is going

C. had been going

D. was going


He (be) in the shower when the telephone (ring).

A. He was being in a shower when the telephone rang.

B. He was in a shower when the telephone was ringing.

C. He was being taking a shower when the telephone was ringing.

D. He was in a shower when the telephone rang.


Yesterday I (go) to the library, next I (have) a swim, later I (meet) Julie for coffee.

A. Yesterday I was going to the library, next I had a swim, later I met Julie for coffee.

B. Yesterday I went to the library, next I had a swim, later I was meeting Julie for coffee.

C. Yesterday I went to the library, next I had a swim, later I met Julie for coffee.

D. Yesterday I was going to the library, next I was having a swim, later I was meeting Julie for coffee.


I (sit) in a cafe when you (call)

A. I was sitting in a cafe when you called.

B. I sat in a cafe when you were calling.

C. I was sitting in the cafe when you were calling.

D. I sat in the cafe when you called.


When you (arrive) at the party, who (be) there?

A. When you were arriving at the party, who was there?

B. When you arrived at the party, who was being there?

C. When you were arriving at the party, who was being there?

D. When you arrived at the party, who was there?


We (play) tennis when John (hurt) his ankle.

A. We were playing tennis when John hurt his ankle.

B. We played tennis when John were hurting his ankle.

C. We were playing tennis when John were hurting his ankle.

D. We played tennis when John hurt his ankle.


What (they/do) at 10pm last night – it was really noisy?

A. What were they doing at 10 pm last night – it was really noisy?

B. What did they do at 10 pm last night – it was really noisy?


When I ——— up this morning, it was snowing.

A. wake

B. wakes

C. woke

D. woken


I __________ along that road when I spotted a little puppy.

A. was driving

B. had driven

C. drove

D. had been driving


We __________ dinner last night when we heard a loud explosion.

A. are having

B. had had

C. had been having

D. were having


The farmers __________ the field when it began to pour.

A. were ploughing

B. had ploughed

C. had been ploughing

D. ploughed


Susie (watch) a film when she (hear) the noise.

A. Susie was watching a film when she heard the noise.

B. Susie watched a film when she was hearing the noise.

C. Susie was watching a film when she was hearing the noise.

D. Susie watched a film when she heard the noise.




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