Pre-Intermediate Level >> Grammar Worksheets >> Students read a letter between friends and choose either past simple or past continuous for each space in the text.

Letter Gap Fill - Past Simple/Continuous


Look at this letter from Alice to her friend, Maria. For each space, choose either the past continuous or past simple.

Dear Maria,

Sorry I haven't written for such a long time. Something terrible __HAPPENED__ (happen)!

My boss __ASKED__ (ask) me to do something for him and I __WAS WORKING__ (work) on that when I __HEARD__ (hear) a loud noise. There was a bird in the office! It __WAS FLYING__ (fly) around the room and I __DIDN'T KNOW__ (not know) what to do. You can imagine how scary it __WAS__ (be).

Then my boss __RAN__ (run) into the office to see what the noise was. So he __WAS SHOUTING__ (shout) at me and the bird __WAS CONTINUING__ (continue) to fly. I __WAS__ (be) so angry. I __GOT__ (get) my coat and bag and __LEFT__ (leave) the office. I __SAID__ (say) to my boss, "see you later".

So now I'm in trouble with the company and I have a big meeting tomorrow about it. I'm very worried!

Tell me your news - it must be better than mine!


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