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Topic: Simple Past or Past Continuous? 2

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Choose which verb tense (simple past or past continuous) completes each sentence in a logical, natural-sounding way.

1. I ________ a book when I heard a noise outside.
a. was reading
b. read

2. P1: Is there any more Coke in the fridge? P2: No, Theresa ________ it all last night.
a. was drinking
b. drank

3. When I came home last night, my roommate ________ at the neighbor.
a. was yelling
b. yelled

4. He ________ everything that I told him.
a. understood
b. was understanding

5. P1: Does your brother still go to college? P2: No, he ________ last year.
a. was graduating
b. graduated

6. I hurt my hand while I ________ basketball.
a. played
b. was playing

7. My grandmother ________ about all of her grandchildren.
a. was caring
b. cared

8. I ________ a shower when I heard the phone ring.
a. was taking
b. took

9. P1: What was the woman doing? P2: She ________ about the price of the vegetables.
a. complained
b. was complaining

10. I can't believe that you actually ________ her to meet your parents.
a. took
b. were taking


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