Grammar Exercises

Past Simple (2)

Put the verbs in brackets into the past simple. 

  1.  The sky ____________ (turn) a pale grey and it suddenly ____________ (become) very cold. Before long it ____________ (begin) to snow.
  2. “Where ____________ (Nicole Kidman /be born)?”
    – “In Hawaii, apparently. She ____________ (grow up) in Australia however.”
  3. Last night I ____________ (watch) a whole film in English and I’m really pleased because I ____________ (understand) most of the story! And there ____________ (be) no subtitles, honest!
  4. Andy ____________ (spend) the entire afternoon playing computer games.
  5. “____________ (who / win) the match yesterday?” – “Nobody! They ____________ (draw) two-all.”
  6. We were in the middle of watching a scary film when suddenly a picture ____________ (fall off) the wall. It ____________ (give) us such a fright!
  7. I ____________ (hear) you’re getting married. Congratulations!
  8. The dog ____________ (be) so frightened of the thunder that he ____________ (hide) behind the sofa.
  9. Have you finished with that book I ____________ (lend) you? I need it back.
  10. We ____________ (be) so exhausted that we ____________ (sleep) for almost twelve hours.
  11. Sofia ____________ (feel) unwell so she  ____________ (decide) to go to bed early.
  12. It ____________ (take) over an hour to get to work because of the heavy traffic.


    1. turned; became; began
    2. was Nicole Kidman born; grew up
    3. watched; understood; were
    4. spent
    5. Who won; drew
    6. fell off; gave
    7. heard
    8. was; hid
    9. lent
    10. were; slept
    11. felt; decided
    12. took


More grammar exercises:

Past simple (1)

First and second conditionals

Third conditional

Verbs + Prepositions

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