Exercícios sobre PAST CONTINUOUS com respostas

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1. What was Grace doing this time last week? Complete the sentences with the correct past continuous forms of  the verbs: drink, feel, read, shine, sit, wear.

Can you believe it? This time last week I was on holiday...

a) I _____________ in a café.
b) I _____________ my sunglasses.
c) I _____________ lemonade.
d) The sun ___________________.
e) I _____________ my book.
f) I _____________ relaxed. 

2. Write full sentences using the words in the same order. Change the verbs to the past continuous or past simple. One or both verbs should be in the past continuous.

a) He / sit  / in the kitchen / when / the fire / start
b) It  / get late / and / the man / work / quickly
c) The pencil / break / while / I / writing down / her phone number
d) It  / snow  / but we / not wear / warm clothes
e) A cat / run / in front of the car / when / I / drive / home
f) The lights  / change / while / she / still cross / the road
g) You / still sleep / when  / I / get up
h) They / not build / the stadium / when / I / live / in the city

3. Complete this urban legend. Use past continuous or past simple forms of the verbs in brackets.

A TV team in Alaska __________ (make) a film about the life of salmon. They _________ (catch) a salmon in the sea and very carefully ___________ (put) a radio transmitter on it. The radio transmitter ____________  (send) messages to the TV team. They _________ (follow) the salmon's journey for two months. One day the cameramen __________ (camp) at the side of the river and they _____________ (follow) the salmon as usual. Suddenly the fish __________ (leave) the river and ____________ (go) through a forest. The team ____________ (take) their cameras and followed. In the forest a group of boys ___________ (camp). When the TV team __________ (find) the boys, they ___________ (sit) around a fire. They ___________(cook) the salmon on the fire.

4. Complete the replies with your own ideas using the past continuous.

A: Did you hear the phone?
B: _________________________________________.

A: Someone just knocked at the door.
B: Who was it?
A: I don't know ____________________________.

A: What was the weather like when you left home?
B: Terrible! _________________________________.

A: Did you catch a cold yesterday?
B: Yes, I did. ________________________________.

A: Were you at school on Monday?
B: No, I wasn't _______________________________.

A: Did you hear me?
B: No, sorry, _________________________________.

Answer key

1. What was Grace doing this time last week? Complete the sentences with the correct past continuous forms of  the verbs: drink, feel, read, shine, sit, wear.

Can you believe it? This time last week I was on holiday...

a) I was sitting in a café.
b) I was wearing my sunglasses.
c) I was drinking lemonade.
d) The sun was shining.
e) I was reading my book.
f) I was feeling relaxed. 

2. Write full sentences using the words in the same order. Change the verbs to the past continuous or past simple. One or both verbs should be in the past continuous.

a) He was sitting in the kitchen when the fire started.
b) It was getting late and the man was working quickly.
c) The pencil broke while I was writing down her phone number.
d) It was snowing but we were not (weren't) wearing warm clothes.
e) A cat ran in front of the car when I was driving home.
f) The lights changed while she was still crossing the road.
g) You were still sleeping when I got up.
h) They were not (weren't) building the stadium when I was living / lived in the city.

3. Complete this urban legend. Use past continuous or past simple forms of the verbs in brackets.

A TV team in Alaska  was making a film about the life of salmon. They caught a salmon in the sea and very carefully put a radio transmitter on it. The radio transmitter sent messages to the TV team. They followed the salmon's journey for two months. One day the cameramen were camping at the side of the river and they were following the salmon as usual. Suddenly the fish left the river and went through a forest. The team took their cameras and followed. In the forest a group of boys were camping. When the TV team found the boys, they were sitting around a fire. They were cooking the salmon on the fire.

4. Complete the replies with your own ideas using the past continuous.

A: Did you hear the phone?
B: No, I was listening to music.

A: Someone just knocked at the door.
B: Who was it?
A: I don't know I was having a shower

A: What was the weather like when you left home?
B: Terrible! It was raining.

A: Did you catch a cold yesterday?
B: Yes, I did. I wasn't wearing a coat.

A: Were you at school on Monday?
B: No, I wasn't.  I wasn't feeling well.

A: Did you hear me?
B: No, sorry, I wasn't listening.

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