Narrative Verb Tense Exercise: Past Tenses

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!

   didn't realise      discovered      had been playing      had broken      heard      hurt      jumped      killed      looked      phoned      ran      saw      tried      was happening      was playing      watching      went      were driving      were escaping   

Exercise 1. While I (play) football I (hurt) my leg. However, until I (see) a doctor I ( not realise) that I (break) it.

Exercise 2. The police (go) to the bank after a neighbour (phone) to tell them what (happen). They soon (discover) that the robbers (escape) in a stolen car. The men (kill) one of the guards who (try) to stop them as they (drive) away. The guard (jump) out in front of them but they just (run) over him.

Exercise 3. Suddenly they (hear) a strange noise and (look) at each other in terror. All evening they (play) cards and (watch) television without thinking of the ghost.