Exercise 2: past simple of ‘to be’ (was/were)

(Practise using the verb ‘to be’ in the past simple)

Past simple of ‘to be’ (was/were) – cloze test (difficulty: 2 of 5 – rather easy)

Fill the gaps with the correct form of the verb ‘to be’ in the simple past tense.

  • Example: “They _____ at the museum last Friday.” → “They were at the museum last Friday.”

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  1. I bored so I turned on the TV.
  2. Last month, Peter and his girlfriend in England on holiday.
  3. Some friends of mine at the disco last Saturday.
  4. Jason, you at home last night?
  5. She so happy that she had passed the exam.
  6. I was looking for you. Where were you? – Oh, we in the garden.
  7. When we were younger, Sue my best friend.
  8. Long time ago, my dad a fireman.
  9. Have you seen my glasses? – Yes, I saw them yesterday. They on the table.
  10. You very good runners, I think! Why don’t you start again?

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