The big difference between these tenses is that the past simple is used to talk about short, simple actions and habits in the past. The past continuous is used for long actions or when the action was going on at a particular moment in the past.
Past simple or past continuous exercise
You can find the exercise below:
Past Simple or Past Continuous Exercise 4
Complete these sentences by filling in the correct form of the verb in the past simple or past continuous.
1.He (to talk) to his friends when he (to see) a parrot.
2.While we (to have) dinner, I (to get) a call from Barack Obama.
3.I (to buy) an umbrella because it (to rain) all day.
4.They (to scream) to get the attention of the neighbours.
5.My iPhone (to charge) the whole night.
6.She (to make) exercises while she (to listen) to music.
7.He (constantly, to check) his watch. So annoying!
8.My friend and me (always, to go) to school by bike.
9.You (not, to help) me at all. Why (I, to call) you again?
10.Stop nagging! You (to get) what you (to want).