Practice using the past continuous tense at CEFR Level B1
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Complete the sentences below selecting the correct form of the verb.
We ________ along the beach when it suddenly started to rain.CorrectIncorrect
This time yesterday, I _______ a friend who lives in the city.CorrectIncorrect
I was studying online when the internet connection _______.CorrectIncorrect
I _______ English at school but I still can’t speak it very well.CorrectIncorrect
The government _______ taxes on smoking last year but it has not led to a decrease in the number of people who smoke.CorrectIncorrect
Most people _______ how to use computers in the 1990s.CorrectIncorrect
While I _______ on my essay, my computer shut down.CorrectIncorrect
No one _______ attention while the teacher _______ to explain, so they all got low marks.CorrectIncorrect
It was a hot day. The sun _______ and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.CorrectIncorrect
The thief _______ in to the room, _______ the ring and quietly _______.CorrectIncorrect
Complete the sentences below using the correct form of the word in brackets.
Peter: I (CALL) you yesterday but you didn’t answer.
John: Oh – what time was that?
Peter: At about 9am I think.
John: Ah. I think I (TAKE) a shower then.
Kate: Did you hear the thunder last night?
Mary: Yeah! It was so loud! It woke me up. I (SLEEP) when the storm came. Now I feel really tired…
Kate: Well, I was with Jenny and we (STUDY) for our exam when the storm came. We couldn’t concentrate and now we’re not prepared!
Mark: Hey, John. I saw you running yesterday when I (WAIT) for a bus. I called out to you but you didn’t turn around!
John: Oh, hi Mark. I (LISTEN) to music when you called out. I always listen to music when I’m jogging and I can’t hear anything else!
Lisa: Did you hear Lisa got into a car accident?
Kelly: No?! Really?? Is she ok??
Lisa: Yeah, luckily she’s fine.
Kelly: How did it happen?
Lisa: Well, she was looking at her phone when she (CRASH). I guess at that time she (NOT) look at the road.