English Grammar Exercises for A2 – Past simple (negative and interrogative)

1. Complete the sentences with the correct negative past simple form of the verbs in brackets.

1) We ________. (get) to the hotel in time for dinner.

2) Our team ________. (win) the last match of the season.

3) It was a long film, but I ________. (feel) bored.

4) They ________. (spend) all their money on holiday.

5) aunt ________. (be) at the family wedding last weekend.

6) Our teacher ________. (give) us a lot of homework.

7) It ________. (rain) at all last month.

8) I enjoyed the film, but I ________. (can) understand all of the dialogue.

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1) didn’t get   2) didn’t win   3) didn’t feel   4) didn’t spend

5) wasn’t   6) didn’t give   7) didn’t rain   8) couldn’t

2. Complete the first part of each sentence with the correct past simple negative form.

1) I didn’t go skiing last winter, I went snowboarding.

2) Einstein ________. in 1965, he died in 1955.

3) The holidays ________. yesterday, they began last week.

4) grandparents ________. born in Russia, they were born in Germany.

5) I ________. ‘thirteen’, I said ‘thirty’.

6) We ________. the first half of the match, but we saw the second half.

7) At the age of five, I ________. ride a bike, but I could ski.

8) It ________. warm yesterday, but it was sunny.

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2) didn’t die   3) didn’t begin   4) weren’t born

5) didn’t say   6) didn’t see   7) couldn’t

8) wasn’t

3. Make these sentences true for you. Use the past simple affirmative or negative form of the verbs in brackets.

1) I ________. (can) swim when I was five.

2) Last weekend, I ________. (do) a lot of homework.

3) Five years ago, I ________. (be) a student at this school.

4) Ten years ago, I ________. (live) in a different town.

5) I ________. (make) own breakfast this morning.

6) I ________. (choose) the clothes I’m wearing now.

7) Last night, I ________. (go) out with friends.

8) When I was six, I ________. (study) English.

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1) could / couldn’t   2) did / didn’t do   3) was / wasn’t

4) lived / didn’t live   5) made / didn’t make

6) chose / didn’t choose   7) went / didn’t go

8) studied / didn’t study

4. Complete the dialogue with the question words below.

how often      what      when      where      which      who      why

Mia      Hi, Henry. 1) _________ did you do at the weekend?

Henry  I went to the beach on Saturday.

Mia      That’s nice! 2) _________ did you go with?

Henry  Matt and Alex.

Mia      Alex West? 3) _________ do you see him?

Henry  Only two or three times a year. He doesn’t live near here any more.

Mia      4 _________ does he live now?

Henry  In London.

Mia      Does he? 5) _________ part of London?

Henry  I’m not sure. North London, I think.

Mia      6 _________ did he move?

Henry  I think his mum got a new job. Anyway, 7) _________ did you last see him?

Mia      Oh, about two years ago.

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1) What   2) Who   3) how often   4) Where   5) Which

6) Why   7) when

5. Put the words in order to make questions. Then write answers that are true for you.

1) homework / how much / last / did / you / night / do / ?

________.   

________.   

2) with / travel / did / to / school / you / who / today / ?

________.   

________.   

3) best / meet / where / you / did / friend / your / ?

________.   

________.   

4) first / teacher / who / your / was / English / ?

     ________.   

     ________.   

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1) how much homework did you do last night?

2) Who did you travel to school with today?

3) Where did you meet your best friend?

4) Who was your first English teacher?

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6. Read the sentences. Then write questions for the given answers.

1) Jack gave his old bike to his sister.

  Q:   What did Jack give his sister?

  A:   His old bike.

2) Sam had dinner early because he was hungry.

  Q:   _________?

  A:   He was hungry.

3) Mason and Tyler went to London together.

  Q:   _________?

  A:   He went with Tyler.

4) Grace listened to three Lady Gaga CDs.

  Q:   _________?

  A:   Three.

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2) Why did Samuel have dinner early?

3) Who did mason go to London with?

4) how many Lady Gaga CDs did Grace listen to?

7. Complete the dialogues with the correct negative or interrogative past simple form of the verbs in brackets.

1   A1 _______ (you / go) to the cinema last night?

b No, I 2) _______ (go) in the end. I got home from work so late that there 3) _______ (be) enough time.

2)  a They announced the winners of the art competition yesterday. 4) _______ (you / win) a prize?

b No, I 5) _______ (win) anything, but I 6) _______ (expect) to. I’m not very good at art.

3   A  7 _______ (David / tell) you his news when you spoke to him yesterday?

b No, he 8) _______ (say) much – just hello and goodbye.


a Well, he 9) _______ (pass) his exams. Maybe he 10) _______ (want) you to know.

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1) Did you go; didn’t go; wasn’t

2) Did you win; didn’t win; didn’t expect

3) Did David tell; didn’t say; passed; didn’t want

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