Past Simple/Past Continuous 2

Gap-fill exercise

Fill in all the gaps, then press "Check" to check your answers. Use the "Hint" button to get a free letter if an answer is giving you trouble. You can also click on the "[?]" button to get a clue. Note that you will lose points if you ask for hints or clues!
1. The car was empty but the engine (run).
2. When he first (meet) her she (work) in a garage.
3. When we (arrive) they (have) lunch. The (apologize) for starting without us but (say) that they always (lunch) at 12.30.
4. When I (hear) the door bell, I (go) to the window and (look) out, but I (recognize) Nick at first because he (wear) a hat.
5. He (complain) again that he (be) always too busy.
6. They (lay) on the beach, when suddenly it (start) raining.
7. It (rain). That's why we (decide) to go by car.
8. I (catch) the bus at 8.00 pm and (arrive) here at twelve.
9. They (make) so much noise that I (hear) the news.
10. When I last (see) her whe (run) along the road looking for a taxi.