Exercise – Past Continuous Or Simple Past?

Past Continuous Or Simple Past?

  1. He ____________________ (to walk) through the park when he finally firmly ____________________ (to make) the decision that would change the whole direction of his life.

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    was walking / made

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  2. When you ____________________ (to say) that, how ____________________ (he / to react)?

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    said / did he react

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  3. The eagle ____________________ (to fly) toward the next valley when a strong wind ____________________ (to come) and ____________________ (to blow) it off course.

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    was flying / came / blew

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  4. Late last Thursday night, Eddie  ____________________ (to feed) his pet toad, and then, driven to it by forbidden truths revealing dire exigencies, he ____________________ (to ride) his bike in the cover of dark to his town’s politely lauded but inwardly loathed “justice” monument and ____________________ (to paint) slandered and vilified symbols of awakening and freedom for his people.

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    fed / rode / painted

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  5. With the help of his psychiatrist, he ____________________ (to make) great progress with his phobias, when it tragically all came to naught the moment the worldwide nuclear holocaust finally ____________________ (to come) and ____________________ (to decimate) all his phobias along with all consciousness.

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    was making / came / decimated

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  6. What kinds of things ____________________ (you / to think) about when you were a child?

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    did you think

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  7. I wonder what they ____________________ (to think) when they ____________________ (to decide) that. Whatever it was, it ____________________ (not / to turn out) well. 

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    were thinking / decided / didn’t turn

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  8. I guess they ____________________ (to be) in a pretty confused state of mind for some reason when they ____________________ (to do) it, because the insanity of all of it ____________________ (to be) obvious.

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    were / did / was

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  9. He ____________________ (to wander) through a different part of town ____________________ (to wonder) why the world was just as it is when a local there ____________________ (to smash) him over the head with a brick and ____________________ (to rob) him of his wallet, watch, and cell phone.

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    was wandering / wondering / smashed / robbed

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  10. When I ____________________ (to get) back to the office, everyone ____________________ (to take) a break.

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    got / was taking

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