Simple Past vs. Past Continuous Tense Worksheet For Class 9

The simple past is used to talk about finished events in the past. The past continuous is used to talk about an action or situation that was going on at a particular point of time in the past.

Fill in the blanks with the appropriate past simple or past continuous tense form of the verb given in the brackets.

1. I ……………………. a lot of work yesterday. (do)

2. I ………………………. (prepare) dinner when guests ………………………. (arrive)

3. While I ………………………… (search) for my passport, I …………………….. (find) this old photo of mine.

4. What ………………. you ……………… (do) at 8 o’clock yesterday evening?

5. When I ……………………….. (open) the door the cat ……………………….. (jump) out.

6. When I ………………………… (jog) in the garden, I ………………………..  (step) on a snake but luckily it ………………………… (not bite) me.

7. While I ………………………… (have) dinner, I …………………………. (hear) a loud knock on the door.

8. She …………………………… (water) the plants when it …………………………… (start) raining.

Answers

1. I did a lot of work yesterday.

2. I was preparing dinner when guests arrived.

3. While I was searching for my passport, I found this old photo of mine.

4. What were you doing at 8 o’clock yesterday evening?

5. When I opened the door the cat jumped out.

6. When I was jogging in the garden, I stepped on a snake but luckily it did not bite me.

7. While I was having dinner, I heard a loud knock on the door.

8. She was watering the plants when it started raining.

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