Grammar Exercises

Past Simple (2): Regular and Irregular Verbs

Put the verbs in brackets into the past simple. 

1. “Where _____ (Nicole Kidman /be born)?”
– “In Hawaii, apparently. However, she _____ (grow up) in Australia.”

2. 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!

3. Andy _____ (spend) the entire afternoon playing computer games.

4. “_____ (who / win) the match yesterday?” – “Nobody! They _____ (draw) two-all.”

5. We were in the middle of watching a scary film when suddenly a picture _____ (fall off) the wall. It _____ (give) us such a fright!

6. I _____ (hear) you’re getting married. Congratulations!

7. The dog _____ (be) so frightened of the thunder that he _____ (hide) behind the sofa.

8. Have you finished with that book I _____ (lend) you? I need it back.

9. We _______ (be) so exhausted that we _____ (sleep) for almost twelve hours.

10. Sofia _______ (feel) unwell so she ______ (decide) to go to bed early.

11. It _____ (take) over an hour to get to work because of the heavy traffic.

12. I _____ (enjoy) this book so much. You should read it.

13. She _____ (stand) on the chair to change the light bulb.

14. The sky______ (turn) a pale grey and it suddenly ______(become) very cold. Before long it _____ (begin) to snow.


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

More grammar exercises:

Past simple (1)

First and second conditionals

Third conditional

Verbs + Prepositions

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