Exercise 1: past simple of ‘to be’ (was/were)

(Practise conjugating and using the past simple)

Past simple of ‘to be’ (was/were) – drop-down (difficulty: 1 of 5 – easy)

Choose the correct form of the verb ‘to be’ in the simple past for the gaps.

  • Example: “We _____ in Sweden last year.”“We were in Sweden last year.”

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  1. I in Paris last week.
  2. We at the beach yesterday.
  3. They good friends.
  4. She at work.
  5. You very hungry.
  6. He quite happy about the present.
  7. My car broken, so I couldn’t go to work.
  8. All the houses in that street white.
  9. Our last holiday a lot of fun.
  10. They not at home when I called.

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