English Grammar Exercises for A2 – Past simple

1. Complete the text with the past simple form of the verbs in brackets.

In 1998, Philip Boit __took__ (take) part in the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. His event 1 _____ (be) cross-country skiing, and the newspapers 2 _____ (write) about him a lot because he was from Kenya, a country with no snow!

Boit 3 _____ (prepare) well for the Olympics. Before the competition, he 4 _____ (spend) two months training in Finland. However, he 5 _____ (not win) the race – in fact, he 6 _____ (finish) last.

A Norwegian skier called Bjørn Dæhlie 7 _____ (win) the event, but he 8 _____ (not leave) immediately after the finish – he 9 _____ (wait) for Boit because he 10 _____ (want) to shake his hand. After this, Boit and Dæhlie became good friends. In fact, when Boit 11 _____ (have) a son a few years later, he 12 _____ (name) him Dæhlie Boit!

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1 was   2 wrote   3 prepared   4 spent   5 didn’t win

6 finished   7 won   8 didn’t leave   9 waited   10 wanted

11 had   12 named

2. Complete the text with the past simple form of the verbs in the box.

ask      be      be      clean      come      give      start      want


The Generous Footballer

French international footballer Olivier Kapo 1 _____ to the UK to play for Birmingham City in 2007. At the same time, a local boy called James McPike 2 _____ work at the football club and one of his jobs 3 _____ cleaning Kapo’s football boots. For a year, he 4 _____ them after every match. At the end of the year, he 5 _____ Kapo for a souvenir. He 6 _____ to keep the star’s football boots. In fact, Kapo 7 _____ him a much better gift: his Mercedes sports car! James 8 _____ amazed.

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1 came   2 started   3 was   4 cleaned   5 asked   6 wanted

7 gave   8 was

3. Complete the questions for these answers. The information is all in the texts in exercises 1 and 2.

Which event ________ Philip Boit ________ in?

  Cross-country skiing.

Where ________ Boit ________ for the Olympics?

  In Finland.

_____ Boit ________ the event?

 No, he didn’t. He came last.

_____ Boit and Dæhlie ________ good friends?

 Yes, they did.

When ________ Olivier Kapo ________ to the UK?

  In 2007.

What ________ Olivier Kapo ________ James McPike?

      His Mercedes sports car.

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1 did, take part   2 did, train   3 Did, win   4 Did, become

5 did, come   6 did, give

4. Complete the sentences with the affirmative or negative form of the verbs.

1 They scored two goals in the first half, but they didn’t score any goals in the second half.

2 We ____________ into town by bus; we went by taxi.

3 The 2008 Olympics ____________ in Japan; they took place in China.

4 James Naismith ____________ basketball; he didn’t invent volleyball.

5 Women ____________ in tennis and golf at the 1900 Olympics, but they didn’t compete in other events.

In the 19th century, footballers didn’t wear shorts; they ____________ long trousers.

When I took the penalty, I ____________ the ball, I kicked the ground!

We didn’t win our first tennis match, but we ____________ our second.

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2 didn’t go   3 didn’t take place   4 invented   5 competed

6 wore   7 didn’t kick   8 won

5. Write six true sentences about what you did and didn’t do at the weekend. Use the activities in the box and the past simple (affirmative or negative).

have lunch in a café      do homework

go swimming      play tennis      read a magazine      see a film


1 _____

2 _____

3 _____

4 _____

5 _____

6 _____

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