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 5
Complete these sentences by filling in the correct form of the verb in the past simple or past continuous.
1.She (to enter) the room while she (to disinfect) her hands.
2.What (you, to do) when I (to call)?
3.I (not, to play) video games because I am too old for that.
4.My girlfriend (to try) to convince me, but I (not, to give) in.
5.I (to make) myself a nice cup of tea this morning.
6.Our boss (not, to read) the newspaper when we (to go) into his office.
7.We (to fish) when he (to fall) overboard.
8.The teacher (to explain) the exercise when someone (to interrupt) him.
9.They (to shoot) a new movie when the director (to die).
10.Why (he, to tell) us to be brave?