B) Now write sentences describing what you were doing at the following times yesterday.


2. Use the prompts and a verb from the box in the Past Continuous form to write negative sentences.

rain clean drive study work play drink go listen

e.g. (They/for the test): They werent studying for the test.

1. She/home for the weekend 5. We/computer games

2. I/tea. It was coffee 6. His brothers/their bedroom

3. It/yesterday. It was sunny 7. Pierre/the car

4. You/to me! 8. The computer/because it was broken


3. Write questions. Use was/were ing.

e.g. (what/Tim/do/when you saw him): What was Tim doing when you saw him?

1. (what/you/do/at 11 oclock?) 3. (it/rain/when you went out?)

2. (what/she/wear/yesterday?) 4. (where/you/live/in 1981?)


4. Use your own ideas to complete these sentences. Use the Past Continuous.

e.g. Tom burnt his hand while he was cooking the dinner .

1. The door bell rang while I . 3. We saw an accident while we .

2. Mary fell asleep while she . 4. The TV was on but nobody .


5. Put the verbs into the correct form, the Past Continuous or Past Simple.

e.g. Jane was waiting (wait) for me when I arrived (arrive).

1. What . (you/do) this time yesterday? I was asleep.

2. . (you/go) out last night? No, I was tired.

3. Was Carol at the party last night? Yes, she (wear) a really nice dress.

4. How fast .. (you/drive) when the accident . (happen)?

5. John . (take) a photograph of me while I . (not/look).

6. We were in a very difficult position. We . (not/know) what to do.

7. I havent seen Alan for ages. When I last . (see) him, he (try) to find a job in London.

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

9. When I was young, I (want) to be a driver.

10. The boys (break) the window when they (play) football.

11. When Harry (wake up), we (tell) him the news.

12. Everyone . (wait) for the concert to begin when a message . (arrive).

13. Mary . (want) a relaxing holiday, so she (choose) to stay in a small island.

14. When Roberto (study) in America, his parents .. (phone) him every week.

15. Ann .. (watch) a film on TV while Julie (arrive).

16. When the lights . (go out), I (lie) in bed reading.

17. When you .. (go) to the Chinese restaurant, what . (you/eat)?


6. Underline the correct word or phrase from ones in the italics in each sentence.

1. When I got/was getting home I received/was receiving a phone call.

2. Last summer I was going swimming/went swimming every weekend.

3. When the dog bit/was biting Anns leg, she screamed/was screaming.

4. When you fell/was falling over the cliff, what happened/was happening next?

5. While Mary washed/was washing up, she broke/was breaking a cup.

6. I didnt see/wasnt seeing where the bus stop was, so I was missing/missed the bus.

7. What did you do/were you doing when I phoned/was phoning you last night?


7. Put the verbs into the correct form, the Past Continuous or Past Simple.

1. I . (see) Sue in town yesterday but she . (not/see) me. She . look) the other way.

2. I (meet) Tom and Ann at the airport a few weeks ago. They .. (go) to Berlin and I (go) to Madrid. We . (have) a chat while we .. (wait) for our flights.

3. I ( cycle) home yesterday when suddenly a man .. (step) out into the road in front of me. I (go) quite fast but luckily I (manage) to stop in time and (not/hit) him.


8. Complete the dialogue with the Present Simple, Past Simple or Past Continuous forms of the verbs in brackets.

A: Excuse me, were doing a survey about time use. Have you got time to answer some questions?

B: Yes, but not too long.

A: No, dont worry, just a couple of minutes. I want to ask you about your activities yesterday. For example, at eight in the morning were you 0 (sleep) sleeping or were you awake?

B: I was up. At eight oclock I 1 (have) my breakfast.
A: 2 (you/have) breakfast at the same time every day?

B: Yes, I usually get up at half past seven.

A: Okay, mid morning, at eleven, 3 (you/work)?

B: No, I 4 (study). Im still at school. I 5 (do) an experiment in the science lab.

A: At one oclock, 6 (you/have) lunch?

B: Yes. We have an hour and a half for lunch and then classes again in the afternoon.

A: Were you at school at five oclock?

B: No, I 7 (walk) home.

A: And at eight oclock?

B: I 8 (do my homework. After that I watched TV for a bit and then I 9 (go) to bed.

A: So at midnight .

B: I 10 (be) asleep.

A: Thanks very much.

B: Youre welcome.


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