Pasado simple pasado continuo

Affirmative

I passed

He passed

She passed

It passed

You passed

We passed

They passed

Negative

I didn´t pass

He didn´t pass

She didn´t pass

It didn´t pass

You didn´t pass

We didn´t pass

They didn´t pass

Questions

did I pass?

did he pass?

did she pass?

did it pass?

did you pass?

did we pass?

did they pass?

El past simple se utiliza

* para hablar de sucesos o acciones del pasado que ya han concluido.

I left Spain in 1998.

What time did you finish your homework?

* para hablar de algo que sucedia con regularidad en el pasado.

They played basketball after school everyday.

He went to French classes for years.

* detrás de when.

We walked to school when we lived in Carmona.

When did you leave?

Past continuousAffirmative

I was eating

He was eating

She was eating

It was eating

We were eating

You were eating

They were eating

Negative

I wasn´t eating

He wasn´t eating

She wasn´t eating

It wasn´t eating

We weren´t eating

You weren´t eating

They weren´t eating

Questions

was I eating?

was he eating?

was she eating?

was it eating?

were we eating?

were you eating?

were they eating?

El past continuous se utiliza

* para hablar de una acción que estaba en curso en un momento determinado del pasado.

At 12.00 I was talking to María on the phone.

* para hablar de una acción interrumpida en el pasado.

I was cooking my dinner when the doorbell rang.

* detrás de while o as.

While I was walking, it started to rain.

As he was leaving, he saw her.

Ejercicios

A. Pasado simple – pasado continuo

1. We were in a very difficult position. We ………………………… (not, know) what to do.

2. It was warm, so I ………………………… (take) off my coat.

3. I ………………………… (know) Kate was very busy, so I ………………………… (not, disturb) her.

4. Elena ………………………… (wait) for me when I ………………………… (arrive).

5. The film ………………………… (not, be) very good. I ………………………… (not, enjoy) it very much.

6. I haven´t seen Peter for ages. When I last ………………………… (see) him, he ………………………… (try) to find a job in London.

7. I ………………………… (walk) along the street when suddenly I ………………………… (hear) footsteps behind me. Somebody ………………………… (follow) me. I was frightened and I ………………………… (start) to run.

8. Johann ………………………… (take) a photograph of me while I ………………………… (not, look).

9. I was very tired, so I ………………………… (go) to bed early.

10. ¨………………………… (you, go) out last night?¨ ¨No I ………………………… (be) too tired.

11. The bed was very uncomfortable. I ………………………… (not, sleep) very well.

12. Fabiola wasn´t hungry, so she ………………………… (not, eat) anything.

13. How fast ………………………… (you, drive) when the accident ………………………… (happen)?

14. The window was open and a bird (fly) into the room.

15. It was very hard work carrying the bags. They ………………………… (be) very heavy.

16. We ………………………… (walk) in the mountains when we ………………………… (see) a strange animal.

17. I was in a hurry, so I ………………………… (not, have) time to phone you.

18. What ………………………… (you, do) this time yesterday? I was asleep.

19. The hotel wasn´t very expensive. It ………………………… (not, cost) very much.

20. We went to Laily´s house but she ………………………… (be, not) home.

21. Was Elizabeth at the party last night? Yes, she ………………………… (wear) a really nice dress.

22. John ………………………… (have) an accident while he ………………………… (play) football.

23. ………………………… (do, you) your homework when I arrived?

24. ………………………… (rain,it) while you were cycling home?

25. Kat ………………………… (phone) while I was waiting for her.

Las respuestas correctas

1. We were in a very difficult position. We didn´t know what to do.

2. It was warm, so I took off my coat.

3. I knew Kate was very busy, so I didn´t disturb her.

4. Elena was waiting for me when I arrived.

5. The film was not very good. I didn´t enjoy it very much.

6. I haven´t seen Peter for ages. When I last saw him, he was trying to find a job in London.

7. I was walking along the street when suddenly I heard footsteps behind me. Somebody was following me. I was frightened and I started to run.

8. Johann took a photograph of me while I wasn´t looking.

9. I was very tired, so I went to bed early.

10. ¨Did you, go out last night?¨ ¨No I was too tired.

11. The bed was very uncomfortable. I didn´t sleep very well.

12. Fabiola wasn´t hungry, so she didn´t eat anything.

13. How fast were you driving when the accident happened?

14. The window was open and a bird flew into the room.

15. It was very hard work carrying the bags. They were very heavy.

16. We were walking in the mountains when we saw a strange animal.

17. I was in a hurry, so I didn´t have time to phone you.

18. What were you doing this time yesterday? I was asleep.

19. The hotel wasn´t very expensive. It didn´t cost very much.

20. We went to Laily´s house but she wasn´t home.

21. Was Elizabeth at the party last night? Yes, she was wearing a really nice dress.

22. John had an accident while he was playing football.

23. Were you doing your homework when I arrived?

24. Was it raining while you were cycling home?

25. Kat was phoning while I was waiting for her.

B. Pasado simple – pasado continuo

1. I ………………………… (go) to Portugal on holiday last year. It was fantastic!

2. Pete´s friends ………………………… (not, wait) when he arrived. He was very late.

3. Henry ………………………… (not finish) the exam. It was very difficult.

4. ………………………… (you, watch) that new comedy last night? It was really funny.

5. ………………………… (you, drive) home when I sent you a text message?

6. John ………………………… (crash) the car while he ………………………… (drive) to Manchester.

7. The teacher ………………………… (show) us a video when the TV ………………………… (break).

8. She ………………………… (sit) in a café when I ………………………… (see) her.

9. When I ………………………… (go out) the sun ………………………… (shine).

10. What ………………………… (you, do) an hour ago?

11. The light ………………………… (go out) while we ………………………… (have) tea.

12. As I ………………………… (shave) the postman ………………………… (knock) at the door.

13. We ………………………… (walk) home when it ………………………… (start) to rain.

14. When my aunt ………………………… (go) for a walk, she always ………………………… (wear) gloves.

15. ………………………… (the sun, shine) yesterday?

16. Who ………………………… (you, talk) to before the lesson started?

17. She ………………………… (look) for a chemist´s when I ………………………… (meet her.

18. How ………………………… (you, feel) while ………………………… (you, travel) to school this morning?

19. While I ………………………… (wait) for the bus, the rain ………………………… (stop).

20. What ………………………… (happen) in the class five minutes ago?

21. We ………………………… (sleep) upstairs when the house ………………………… (catch) fire.

22. I ………………………… (read) a book when she ………………………… (come in).

23. The sun ………………………… (shine) when we ………………………… (go out).

24. He ………………………… (sit) in the garden when the house ………………………… (fall down).

25. When you ………………………… (come in) I ………………………… (write).

Las respuestas correctas

1. I went to Portugal on holiday last year. It was fantastic!

2. Pete´s friends were not waiting when he arrived. He was very late.

3. Henry didn´t finish the exam. It was very difficult.

4. Did you watch that new comedy last night? It was really funny.

5. Were you driving home when I sent you a text message?

6. John crashed the car while he was driving to Manchester.

7. The teacher was showing us a video when the TV broke.

8. She was sitting in a café when I saw her.

9. When I went out the sun was shining.

10. What did you do an hour ago?

11. The light went out while we were having tea.

12. As I was shaving the postman knocked at the door.

13. We were walking home when it started to rain.

14. When my aunt went for a walk, she always wore gloves.

15. Did the sun shine yesterday?

16. Who were you talking to before the lesson started?

17. She was looking for a chemist´s when I met her.

18. How were you feeling while you were travelling to school this morning?

19. While I was waiting for the bus, the rain stopped.

20. What happened in the class five minutes ago?

21. We were sleeping upstairs when the house caught fire.

22. I was reading a book when she came in.

23. The sun was shining when we went out.

24. He was sitting in the garden when the house fell down.

25. When you came in I was writing.

C. Pasado simple – pasado continuo

1. He ………………………… (work) all day yesterday.

2. It ………………………… (rain) this morning when I ………………………… (get up).

3. ………………………… (you, watch) television when I ………………………… (phone) you?

4. Jane ………………………… (not, be) at home when I ………………………… (go) to see her. She ………………………… (work).

5. We ………………………… (meet) Joan at the party. She ………………………… (wear) a red dress.

6. The boys ………………………… (break) a window when they ………………………… (play) football.

7. Who ………………………… (you, talk) to in the pub last night when I ………………………… (ask) for a cigarette.

8. I ………………………… (be) late, but my friends ………………………… (wait) for me when I ………………………… (arrive).

9. He ………………………… (not, drive) fast when the accident ………………………… (happen).

10. I ………………………… (watch) TV when the phone ………………………… (ring).

11. We ………………………… (live) in France when the war ………………………… (begin).

12. The postman ………………………… (come), while I ………………………… (have) breakfast.

13. When I ………………………… (arrive) at his house he ………………………… (still, sleep).

14. I ………………………… (get up) early this morning, I ………………………… (wash), I ………………………… (get dressed) and then I ………………………… (have breakfast).

15. He ………………………… (wear) sunglasses when I ………………………… (meet) him.

16. He ………………………… (walk) across the bridge when he ………………………… (drop) his briefcase.

17. She ………………………… (fall) asleep while she ………………………… (do) her homework.

18. The boy ………………………… (jump) off the bus while ………………………… (still, move).

19. The pop star ………………………… (sing) when the lights ………………………… (go out).

20. When the children ………………………… (go out) it ………………………… (rain).

21. I ………………………… (not, be) hungry last night, so I ………………………… (not eat) anything.

22. It ………………………… (start) to rain when we ………………………… (walk) on the beach.

23. I ………………………… (walk) along the street when someone ………………………… (steal) my bag.

24. They ………………………… (watch) TV at nine o´clock last night.

25. I ………………………… (get up) at 7 o´clock. The sun ………………………… (shine), so I ………………………… (go out) for a walk.

Las respuestas correctas

1. He worked all day yesterday.

2. It was raining this morning when I got up.

3. Were you watching television when I phoned you?

4. Jane wasn´t at home when I went to see her. She was working.

5. We met Joan at the party. She was wearing a red dress.

6. The boys broke a window when they were playing football.

7. Who were you talking to in the pub last night when I asked for a cigarette.

8. I was late, but my friends were waiting for me when I arrived.

9. He wasn´t driving fast when the accident happened.

10. I was watching TV when the phone rang.

11. We were living in France when the war began.

12. The postman came, while I was having breakfast.

13. When I arrived at his house he was still asleep.

14. I got up early this morning, I washed, I got dressed and then I had breakfast.

15. He was wearing sunglasses when I met him.

16. He was walking across the bridge when he dropped his briefcase.

17. She fell asleep while she was doing her homework.

18. The boy jumped off the bus while it was still moving.

19. The pop star was singing when the lights went out.

20. When the children went out it was raining.

21. I wasn´t hungry last night, so I didn´t eat anything.

22. It started to rain when we were walking on the beach.

23. I was walking along the street when someone stole my bag.

24. They were watching TV at nine o´clock last night.

25. I got up at 7 o´clock. The sun was shining, so I went out for a walk.

D. Pasado simple – pasado continuo

1. Mary ………………………… (make) dinner when I ………………………… (arrive).

2. I ………………………… (not, understand) what they ………………………… (talk) about.

3. When I ………………………… (be) on my way home, I ………………………… (see) the accident.

4. She ………………………… (go) to school, ………………………… (take) out her textbook and ………………………… (begin) to study.

5. When I ………………………… (walk) to school I ………………………… (see) Tom.

6. We ………………………… (play) computer games while she ………………………… (read) a book.

7. After I ………………………… (find) a wallet full of money, I ………………………… (go, immediately) to the police and ………………………… (turn) it in.

8. When she ………………………… (wash) her hair, the baby ………………………… (begin) to cry.

9. Mozart ………………………… (write) more than 600 pieces of music.

10. While she ………………………… (cook) the soup the children ………………………… (play).

11. It´s strange that you ………………………… (call) because I ………………………… (think, just) about you.

12. The Titanic ………………………… (cross) the Atlantic when it ………………………… (strike) an iceberg.

13. I ………………………… (do) my homework, when Silvia ………………………… (call).

14. The doctor ………………………… (say) that Steven ………………………… (be) too sick to go to work.

15. It was warm, so I ………………………… (take) off my coat.

16.Tom ………………………… (burn) his hand when he ………………………… (cook) dinner.

17. He ………………………… (drink) some coffee and then he ………………………… (eat) a sandwich.

18. The boys ………………………… (help) in the garden while she ………………………… (water) the flowers.

19. I ………………………… (have) dinner when I suddenly ………………………… (hear) a loud bang.

20. When I was young, I ………………………… (want) to be a bus driver.

21. Annie ………………………… (not, go) to work yesterday. She wasn´t feeling very well.

22. I ………………………… (go) to the cinema three times last week.

23. The students ………………………… (take) notes while the teacher ………………………… (talk)

24. When my father ………………………… (work) in the garden, an old friend ………………………… (pass) to see him.

25. I ………………………… (practice) the piano this morning when Victoria ………………………… (arrive).

Las respuestas correctas

1. Mary was making dinner when I arrived.

2. I didn´t understand what they were talking about.

3. When I was on my way home, I saw the accident.

4. She went to school, took out her textbook and began to study.

5. When I was walking to school I saw Tom.

6. We were playing computer games while she was reading a book.

7. After I found a wallet full of money, I immediately went to the police and turned it in.

8. When she was washing her hair, the baby began to cry.

9. Mozart wrote more than 600 pieces of music.

10. While she was cooking the soup the children were playing.

11. It´s strange that you called because I was just thinking about you.

12. The Titanic was crossing the Atlantic when it stroke an iceberg.

13. I was doing my homework, when Silvia called.

14. The doctor said that Steven was too sick to go to work.

15. It was warm, so I took off my coat.

16.Tom burned his hand when he was cooking dinner.

17. He drank some coffee and then he ate a sandwich.

18. The boys were helping in the garden while she was watering the flowers.

19. I was having dinner when I suddenly heard a loud bang.

20. When I was young, I wanted to be a bus driver.

21. Annie didn´t go to work yesterday. She wasn´t feeling very well.

22. I went to the cinema three times last week.

23. The students were taking notes while the teacher was talking.

24. When my father was working in the garden, an old friend passed to see him.

25. I was practicing the piano this morning when Victoria arrived.

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