Past Simple, Continuous and Perfect

Match the sentences to the verbs:

  1. When he got to the cinema the film had started
  2. While I was shopping I met an old friend
  3. She waited for ten minutes and telephoned again
  4. The student was listening to every word the teacher said
  5. When I got to the cinema the film started

a. Past Perfect b. Past Continuos c. Past Simple

We use the Past Simple to talk about past actions: we use the Past Continuous to talk about something around a past time or action; we use the Past Perfect for things that happened before another past situation.

Worksheet here