Solutions for: App 243 / Past Continuous and Simple Past

Decide which tense you need: past continuous or the simple past.
We use the past continuous to talk about events and habits that were happening at a certain time in the past. We also use it when two things are happening at the same time in the past. For example: We were watching TV when my friend came round.

We use the past simple to talk about events, states or habits at specific times in the past that happen after one another and are completed. For example: Yesterday I went to school.

How to form the past continuous: Use the simple past of "to be": "was" for I and he/she/it and "were" for you, we and they and then add "-ing" to the verb.
How to form the simple past: For regular verbs add "-ed" to the verb. Careful with irregular verbs! Learn them by heart!
Dad was __________ lunch when I arrived with my friends.

Solution:
cooking
Last Monday school __________ early and I got home in time for my favourite TV series.

Solution:
finished
He was always __________ late to school.

Solution:
arriving
I was listening to music when Mum __________ me to help her.

Solution:
asked
The sun was shining and the birds were __________ as Anna sat down in the park.

Solution:
singing
I __________ for the test all evening.

Solution:
studied
They were dancing when the music suddenly __________

Solution:
stopped
He __________ a pie and cake for the picnic.

Solution:
brought
Mum met Dad when they __________ still at school.

Solution:
were
__________ you read the whole book last night?

Solution:
Did
He __________ to watch TV all evening.
Insert the correct form of "use"
Solution:
used
Julia was __________ for the exam all night.
Insert the right form for "study"
Solution:
studying
Yesterday at three o'clock I ______ watching TV.

Solution:
was
When I __________ the doorbell I went to open the door.
Insert the right form of "hear"
Solution:
heard