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1. Complete the newspaper story about a fire. Put in the Past Simple forms of the verbs.

Two people …died...........(die) in a fire in Ellis Street, Oldport yesterday morning. They

(1).............................................(be) Herbert and Molly Paynter, a couple in their seventies. The fire

(2).............................................(start) at 3.20 a.m. A neighbour, Mr Aziz,

(3).............................................(see) the flames and (4).............................................(call) the fire

brigade. He also (5).............................................(try) to get into the house and rescue his

neighbours, but the heat (6).............................................(be) too great. The fire brigade

(7).............................................(arrive) in five minutes. Twenty fire-fighters

(8).............................................(fight) the fire and finally (9).............................................(bring) it

under control. Two fire-fighters (10).............................................(enter) the burning building but

(11).............................................(find) the couple dead.


^ 2. Complete the conversation. Put in the Past Simple negatives and questions.

Claire: …Did you have.....(you / have) a nice weekend in Paris?

Mark: Yes, thanks. It was good. We looked around and then we saw a show.

(1).......................................................................(we/ not/try) to do too much.

Claire: What sights (2).......................................................................(you / see)?

Mark: We had a look round the Louvre. (3).....................................................(I / not / know)

there was so much in there.

Claire: And what show (4)..........................................................................(you / go) to?

Mark: Oh, a musical. I forget the name. (5).....................................................(I / not / like) it.

Claire: Oh, dear. And (6)........................................................................(Sarah / enjoy) it?

Mark: No, not really. But we enjoyed the weekend. Sarah did some shopping, too, but

(7)...........................................................................(I / not / want) to go shopping.


^ 3. Complete the conversation. Put in the Past Continuous forms.

Jessica: …I was looking…(I / look) for you, Vicky. I'm afraid I've broken this dish.

Vicky: Oh no! What (1)………………...........................................................(you / do)?

Jessica: (2)..................................................................(I / take) it into the kitchen. I bumped into

Emma. (3)..............................................................................(she / come) out just as

(4)...................................................................................................(I/go) in.

Vicky: I expect it was your fault. (5)................. ...........................................(you / not / look)

where (6).......................................... ..................(you / go).

Jessica: Sorry. I'll buy you another one as soon as I have some money.


^ 4. What can you say in these situations? Add a sentence with the Past Continuous to say that an

action lasted a long time.

You had to work yesterday. The work went on all day.

I was working all day

1 You had to make phone calls. The calls went on all evening.

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

2 You had to wait in the rain. The wait lasted for half an hour.

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

3 You had to make sandwiches. This went on all afternoon.

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

4 You had to sit in a traffic jam. You were there for two hours.

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

5 Your neighbour played loud music. This went on all night.

.....................................................................................................................................................................


^ 5. Put the verbs in brackets into the past simple or the past continuous. Then, say which uses of

these tenses are shown in each extract.

A Charlie Chaplin 1) ...became... (become) one of the best-known personalities in America within two years of his first appearance in motion pictures. He 2)........................(be) so famous that no studio could afford to pay him, | so he 3).......................(appear) only in films which he 4).........................(produce) himself.

B It 1)...................................(happen) at ten o' clock last night. John 2)................................(sit) in his cosy living room with his wife and children. They 3)..................................(watch) the evening news on TV when suddenly, the lights 4).............................(go out) and every­thing in the house 5)......................................(become) quiet.

C The boys 1) ...............................(play) football on the I river bank while the girls 2)................................(talk).

Everyone 3)....................................(enjoy) the picnic when suddenly they 4).....................(hear) a loud cry from further up the river. They all 5)............................................(rush) to see what was wrong.

D In prehistoric times, people 1).......................(live) in caves. They 2) ................................. (hunt) animals which they then 3)......................(use) for food and clothing. They 4)............................(make) everything by themselves, and they 5)...............................................(have) very simple lives.


^ 6. Put the verbs in brackets into the past 9ji simple or the past continuous. Which was the longer action in

each sentence?

1 They ...were cleaning... (clean) the windows when it ...started... (start) to rain.

Cleaning the windows was the longer action.

2 As he ....................................... (drive) to work, he ................................ (remember) that his briefcase was still at

home.

3 Melanie ..................................................... (cook) dinner when her husband....................................(come) home.

4 I.......................................(hear) a loud crash as I...................................................(sit) in the garden.

5 She ............................................ (type) a letter when her boss.............................................................(arrive).

6 While the dog............................................(dig) in the gar­den, it.............................................(find) a bone.

7 Mary .................................. (ride) her bicycle when she..................................(notice) the tiny kitten.

8 While I .................................................. (do) my homework, the phone...................................................(ring).


^ 7. A policeman is asking Mrs Hutchinson about a car accident she happened to see yesterday. Put the verbs in

brackets into the past simple or the past continuous.

P: What 1) ...were you doing... (you/do) when you 2)...............................(see) the accident, madam?

H: 13)......................................(walk) down the street.

P: What exactly 4).....................................(you/see)?

H: Well, the driver of the car 5).........................................(drive) down the road when suddenly the old man just

6)................................(step) in front of him! It 7)............................(be) terrible!

P: 8)..............................................(the driver/speed)?

H: No, not really, but the old man 9) ..........................................................(not/look) both ways before he

10)..................................(try) to cross the road.

P: 11)..............................................(anyone else/see) the accident?

H: Yes, the lady in the post office.

P: Thank you very much.


^ 8. Put the verbs in brackets into the past simple or the past continuous.

A As soon as Margaret 1) ...got... (get) off the train, she 2)............................(pull) her coat around her.

Rain 3)...................................(fall) heavily and a cold wind 4)..............................(blow) across the

platform. She 5).........................................(look) around, but no one

6).................................................(wait) to meet her. She 7)................................(turn) to leave when

she 8).............................................(hear) footsteps. A man 9)....................................(walk) towards

her. He 10)....................................(smile) at her, then he 11)...................................(say), 'You're finally

here.'

B George 1)....................................(pick) up his bag then, 2) .................................... (throw) it over his

shoulder. It 3)....................................(get) dark and he 4) .................................... (have) a long way to

go. He wished that he had let someone know that he was coming. It 5)....................................(start) to

rain, and he was feeling cold and tired from the long journey. Suddenly, he 6)....................................

(hear) a noise, then he 7) .............................................(see) two bright lights on the road ahead. A car

8) .................................... (head) towards him. It slowed down and finally 9) ....................................

(stop) beside him. A man 10).................................... (sit) at the wheel. He 11)..............................(open)

the door quickly and 12) ............................... (say) 'Get in, George.'

C Andy 1).............................(step) into the house and 2).................................(close) the door behind

him. Everything 3)............................(be) quiet. His heart 4) .................................... (beat) fast and his

hands 5)............................(shake) as he crept silently into the empty house, but he was trying not to

panic. He soon 6).........................(find) what he 7)...........................................(look) for. He smiled with

relief as he put on the clothes. The men who 8)............................................(follow) him would never

recognise him now.


9. David is always having accidents. His girlfriend Melanie is talking about some of the accidents. Write her sentences from these notes. Each sentence has one verb in the Past Continuous and one in the Past Simple.

when / he / carry / a suitcase / he / drop / it / on his foot

……..When he was carrying a suitcase, he dropped it on his foot,............

he / break / his leg / when / he / ski

……He broke his leg when he was skiing........

1 he / sit down / on a chair / while /1 / paint / it

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

2 as / he / run / for a bus / he / collide / with a lamppost

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

3 his hair / catch / fire / when / he / cook / chips

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

4 when / he / hold / a beautiful vase / he / suddenly / drop / it

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

5 he / sit / in the garden / when / a wasp / sting / him / on the nose

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..


^ 10. Put in the correct form of the verb.

Rita: I hear the lights …went............(go) out in your flats last night.

Emma: Yes, …I was watching… (I / watch) a documentary on TV when suddenly

(1).............................................(we / lose) all the power. But (2).................................................(it / come) on

again after about ten minutes.

Vicky: Rachel (3).............................................(come) down the stairs when the lights

(4).............................................(go) out. She almost (5)......................................................(fall) over.

Daniel: Matthew and I (6).............................................(play) table tennis at the time.

Andrew: (7).............................................(I / work) on the computer. (8).............................................(I / lose) a whole

hour's work. But this morning (9).............................................(I / get) up early and

(10).............................................(do) it again.


^ 11. Find the second part of each sentence. Put each verb into the correct form.

Vicky (have) a beautiful dream when she (touch) the wire.

When Andrew (see) the question, when I (find) a £10 note in it.

1 The train (wait) when the alarm clock (ring)

2 I (read) a library book the crowd (rush) in.

3 Sarah (have) an electric shock he (know) the answer immediately.

4 When the doors (open), they (see) that the sun (shine).

5 When the campers (wake), when we (arrive) at the station.

Vicky was having a beautiful dream when the alarm clock rang….

When Andrew saw the question, he knew the answer immediately

1……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

2…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

3…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

4………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

5……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….


^ 12. Put the verbs in brackets into the past simple or the present perfect.

1. A: Do you know that man?

B: Oh yes. He's a very good friend of mine. I 1) ...’ve known... (know) him for about ten years.

A: I think I 2).......................................(meet) him at a business meeting last month.

2. A: Mum 1).....................................(lose) her purse.

B: Where 2)......................................(she/lose) it?

A: At the supermarket while she was shopping.

3. A: Who was on the telephone?

B: It 1)...................................(be) Jane.

A: Who is Jane?

B: Someone who 2)......................................(work) in my office for a few years. She's got a new job

now, though.

4. A: Who is your favourite singer?

B: Freddie Mercury. He 1) ................................... (have) a wonderful voice.

A: Yes, I agree. He 2)...................................(enjoy) performing live, too.


^ 13. Put the verbs in brackets into the past simple or the present perfect.

1. A: I 1) ...’ve seen... (see) this film before.

B: Me too, but I love this actor. He 2) ..................................(play) a lot of good roles.

A: Tom Cruise? I 3) .............................(meet) him, you know.

B: Really? When?

A: When I 4) ..............................................(be) in Los Angeles on holiday.

2. A: Who is that man?

B: He's an artist. He 1) ..........................(paint) a lot of beautiful pictures.

A: I think Van Gogh 2) ........(paint) the most beautiful pictures ever. But his life 3) ............(be) miserable.

3. A: I 1) ...................................................(just/hear from) an old friend of mine.

B: Oh, really?

A: Yes. Jim 2) .......................................(write) to me. I 3) ................................(get) the letter this morning.

B: That's nice. When 4).......................................................(you/first/meet) him?

A: He 5)................................................(live) next door to me for three years, but he 6) ...............................

.....................................(move) away last June and I 7)..................................................(not/see) him since.


^ 14. Put in the correct verb form.

.I’ve done..........(I / do) all the housework. The flat is really clean now.

A young couple …bought....(buy) the house next door. But they didn't live there long.

1 Our visitors.......................................................(arrive). They're sitting in the garden.

2 There's still a problem with the television. Someone.......................................................(repair) it, but

then it broke down again.

3 .................................................................................(I / lose) my bank card. I can't find it anywhere.

4 The match........................................................................................(start). United are playing well.

5 My sister............................................................(run) away from home. But she came back two days later.

6 Daniel..........................................(earn) some money last week. But I'm afraid he's already spent it all.

7 ...................................................................(we / plant) an apple tree in the garden. Unfortunately it died.

8 Prices.................................................................................(go) up. Everything is more expensive this year.

9 Someone.......................................................................................(turn) on the hi-fi. What's that song called?

10 ..........................................(I / phone) the office at eleven to speak to the manager, but he isn't there today.

11 ................................................................................................(I / make) a cake. Would you like a piece?

12 The runner Amos Temila..........................................(break) the world record for the 1500 metres in Frankfurt.

Then two days later in Helsinki, Lee Williams ran it in an even faster time.


^ 15. Things that have happened today are on the radio and TV news. Give the news using the Present Perfect and Past Simple.

the Prime Minister / visit Luton University / speak to students there / earlier today

The Prime Minister has visited Luton University. He spoke to students there earlier today

1 the train drivers / go on strike / stop work / at twelve o'clock

....................................................................................................................................................................

2 the Queen / arrive in Toronto / fly there / in an RAF aircraft

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

3 two men / escape from Parkhurst Prison / get away / during the night

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

4 the actor Howard Bates / die in a car accident / his car / crash into a wall

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

5 Linda Jones / win the women's marathon / run it / in 2 hours 27 minutes

……………………………………………………………………………………………………


^ 16. Complete the conversations (using for, since last).

Mike: This car is filthy. I haven't been to the car wash for about a year.

Tom: What! You mean it's twelve months ?.....since you last went......to the car wash?

1 Laura: I haven't used my camera recently. June was the last time I took a photo.

Trevor: Really? I'm surprised you ...................................................................................... June.

2 Rachel: I haven't seen Andrew for weeks.

Daniel: Nor me. It's............................................................................................................. him.

3 Tom: What about a game of cards? We haven't played since your birthday.

David: Really? You mean my birthday............................................................................. cards?

4 Emma: I feel terrible. It's three days since I ate anything.

Vicky: What did you say? You................................................................................three days?


^ 17. Complete this letter to a newspaper. Put in the Present Perfect or Past Simple.

A few days ago I…learned...(learn) that someone plans to knock down the White Horse Inn.

This pub…has been..... (be) the centre of village life for centuries. It (1).........................................

(stand) at our crossroads for 500 years. It (2).........................................(be) famous in the old days,

and Shakespeare once (3).........................................(stay) there, they say. I

(4).........................................(live) in Brickfield all my life. The villagers (5)......................................

(know) about the plans for less than a week and already there's a 'Save Our Pub' campaign. Last

week we (6).........................................(be) happy, but this week we're angry. We will stop them,

you'll see.


^ 18. Put in the verbs.

Tom: ...Have you heard....(you / hear) the news about David?

Harriet: No. (1).............................................(what / happen)?

Tom: (2).............................................(he / have) an accident. He was walking down some steps.

(3).............................................(he / fall) and (4)............................................. (break) his leg.

Harriet: Oh, how awful! When (5).............................................(it / happen)?

Tom: Yesterday afternoon. Melanie (6).............................................(tell) me about it last night.

Harriet: Last night! (7).............................................(you / know) about it last night, and

(8).............................................(you / not / tell) me!

Tom: Well, (9).............................................(I / not / see) you last night. And

(10).............................................(I / not / see) you today, until now.

Harriet: I hope he's all right. (11).............................................(he / have) lots of accidents, you know.

(12).............................................(he / do) the same thing about two years ago.


Past Perfect and Perfect Continuous Tenses


^ 19. First, say which action happened first, then join the sentences using the words in brackets, as in the example.

1 He saved a lot of money. Then, he bought a car. (when) saved a lot of money: happened first

When he had saved a lot of money, he bought a car.

2 She hung out the washing. Then, it began to rain, (after) ........................................................................

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

3 Fiona tidied the house. Then, the children arrived home, (by the time) .................................................

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

4 The guests left. Then, she started cleaning, (when) ………………………………………………………….

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

5 The girls put on their uniforms. Then, they went to school, (before) ........................................................

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

6 The meeting started. Then, the lights went out. (already.....when) .......................................................................................................................................................................


^ 20. Read about each situation and then choose the right answer.

Two men delivered the sofa. I had already paid for it.

Which came first, a) the delivery, or b) the payment?

1 The waiter brought our drinks. We'd already had our soup.

Which came first, a) the drinks, or b) the soup?

2 I'd seen the film, so I read the book.

Did I first a) see the film, or b) read the book?

3 The programme had ended, so I rewound the cassette.

Did I rewind the cassette a) after, or b) before the programme ended?

4 I had an invitation to the party, but I'd arranged a trip to London.

Which came first, a) the invitation, or b) the arrangements for the trip?


^ 21. Add a sentence with the Past Perfect using the notes.

Claire looked very suntanned when I saw her last week

She’d just been on holiday…... (just / be on holiday)

1 We rushed to the station, but we were too late.

...................................................................................................................... (the train / just / go)

2 I didn't have an umbrella, but that didn't matter. ............................................................................................................................. (the rain / stop)

3 When I got to the concert hall, they wouldn't let me in. .........................................................................................................................(forget / my ticket)

4 Someone got the number of the car the raiders used.

.............................................................................................................(steal / it / a week before)

5 I was really pleased to see Rachel again yesterday.

............................................................................................................... (not see / her / for ages)

6 Luckily the flat didn't look too bad when my parents called in. .............................................................................................................................(just / clean / it)

7 The boss invited me to lunch yesterday, but I had to refuse the invitation. ..................................................................................................... (already / eat / my sandwiches)


^ 22. Put the verbs in the Present Perfect (have done) or Past Perfect (had done).

It isn't raining now. It’s stopped....(stop) at last.

We had no car at that time. We 'd sold...........(sell) our old one.

1 The park looked awful. People............................................................(leave) litter everywhere.

2 You can have that newspaper. I.........................................................................(finish) with it.

3 There's no more cheese. We...........................................................(eat) it all, I'm afraid.

4 There was no sign of a taxi, although I.............................................(order) one half an hour before.

5 This bill isn't right. They...................................................................(make) a mistake.

6 I spoke to Melanie at lunch-time. Someone..............................................(tell) her the news earlier.

7 I was really tired last night. I..........................................................................(have) a hard day.

8 Don't you want to see this programme? It..................................................................(start).

9 It'll soon get warm in here. I....................................................................(turn) the heating on.

10 At last the committee were ready to announce their decision. They...........................................

(make) uo their minds.


^ 23. Complete the conversation. Put in the Past Perfect Continuous of the verbs.

Rachel: How was your job interview?

Vicky: Awful. I felt terribly nervous. …I’d been worrying.... (I / worry) about it all week. And I was tired because

(1).......................................................... (I / work) on my project the night before.

(2).......................................................... (I / not look) forward to the interview at all

Rachel: So what happened?

Vicky: The woman interviewing me was half an hour late because

(3)................................................................(she / deal) with an unexpected problem, she said.

(4)........................................................(I / wait) ages, and I'd got even more nervous.

Rachel: How did the interview go?

Vicky: Well, I tried to sound confident. (5).......................................................... (I / read) a book

that said that's what you have to do in job interviews. But I don't know if I gave the right answers.


^ 24. Put the verbs in brackets into the past perfect or the past perfect continuous.

1. A: Did you do anything last night?

B: I went to the gym and I ...had just arrived(just/ arrive) home when Michael called me. He said

he............................................(try) to call me for ten minutes before I finally answered the phone.

2. A: Did you catch any fish on your fishing trip today?

B: Yes. I ..................................................... (sit) in the boat for two hours when I caught a huge fish.

3. A: Did you enjoy the open-air concert yesterday?

B: The music was good, but the weather was terrible. The concert...............................(just/start) when

suddenly, it began to rain. The musicians............................................(only/play) for ten minutes.

A: What a shame!

4 A: Was the house tidy when you got home?

B: Yes, the children.............(dust) the furniture and they...........................(put away) all of their toys.

5 A: Why were you so upset this morning?

B: Well, I ............................................. (clean) the house for hours when the children came in with

muddy shoes.

6 A: Why are you so late for work this morning?

B: I'm sorry. I .................................. (wait) for the train for over an hour before it eventually arrived.


Past Tenses Review


^ 25. Put in the correct form of the verbs.

Tom could hear shouts from the flat next door. His neighbours …were arguing....(argue) again.

1 Emma went into the sitting-room. It was empty, but the television was still on. Someone

..................................................(watch) it.

2 I..................................................(play) tennis, so I had a shower. I was annoyed because

I..................................................(not win) a single game.

3 The walkers finally arrived at their destination. They........ ...........................................(walk) all day, and they certainly

needed a rest. They.................... ...................................................(walk) thirty miles.

4 When I saw Nick last week, he said he...................................................(stop) smoking.

But when I saw him two days later, he................................ .................(smoke) a cigarette.

He looked rather ashamed.

5 I really must go and see the dentist. One of my teeth...................................................................(ache) for weeks.

6 When Melanie arrived at David's place, he.........................................................(lie) on the sofa reading a detective

novel. He..............................................................................(buy) it at the second-hand bookshop, and

he........................................................................ (read) it for most of the afternoon


^ 26. Put the verbs in brackets into the correct tense.

1. A: Why was Tim so tired last night?

B: Oh, he ...had been working... (work) hard all day.

2. A: I..............................(go) to the cinema last night.

B: Really? What........................................................(you/see)?

3. A: Did you have enough to eat at the party?

B: Yes. Sarah................................................(make)a lot of food.

4. A: What......................................... (you/do) at eight o'clock last night?

B: I....................................(watch) television. Why?

5. A: Colin! Look at yourself! You are filthy!

B: I know. I..............................................(repair) my motorbike.

6. A: I...................................................(do) something really silly yesterday.

B: Really, what? A: I ............................. (get) up and ..................................(set off) for work as usual.

I......................................................(drive) for an hour before I .................................(realise) it was

Sunday.

7. A: I ............................................ (just/hear) some incredible news!

B: What? A: Jason and Emily..........................................(get) married last week in Las Vegas. Isn't that

amazing?


^ 27. Put the verbs in brackets into the correct tense.

A: What 1) ...were you doing... (do) when I 2)..........................................(call) at eight, Burt?

B: I 3) ..............................................................(work) in the garden because the wind

4) ............................................................(blow down) the fence during the night.

A: Oh, 5) .......................................................(you/manage) to fix it?

B: Yes, I 6) .................................... (do) it eventually, but it 7) ....................................... (be) very hard

work. I 8)...................................(ask) my neighbour to help in the end. Why

9)............................................(you/call) me?

A: I 10) ........................................... (want) to tell you about the factory. It 11).............................................

(close down) yesterday.

B: I know. The company 12).........................................(have) problems for a long time before they finally

13) ........................................................ (decide) to close down the factory.

A: I 14)...............................(hope) they would change their minds about it, though. It

15)...................................(be) a part of the town for years.

B: Well, at least everyone who worked there 16) ................................................ (now/find) a new job.

That's good news.


^ 28. Underline the correct tense.

1 I saw Jim this morning. He ran/was running for the bus.

2 Keri was angry. She had been waiting/was waiting for Sarah for two hours.

3 Andy was relieved to hear that he was passing/had passed the exam.

4 I was walking/had walked home when I saw Paul.

5 Brian learnt/had learnt how to spell his name at school today.

6 They hadn't visited/weren't visiting their grandparents for a long time.

7 I watched/was watching television when the telephone rang.

8 Jason had been thinking/had thought about his new car all day.

9 I bought the dress because I wanted/had wanted something special to wear to the party.

10 The little boy was crying because he had lost/was losing his mother.

11 Graham had been working/was working for the company for twenty years before he retired.

12 Pam opened/had opened the present and read the card.

13 Lucy wrote/had written a letter to her sister last night.

14 It had been raining/was raining all day and the roads were very wet.

15 Sue was smiling/had smiled as she was reading Mary's letter.


^ 29. Put the verbs in brackets into the correct past tense.

1 They ...were walking... (walk) in the park when the storm broke.

2 The man ..................................... (pay) for his new car in cash.

3 I ................................................................... (already/eat) breakfast by the time the others woke up.

4 It ................................................................ (snow) for three days when suddenly the sun came out.

5 Sam ........................................................... (work) here for six years before he left to go to university.

6 Liz.............................................................(go) to the Bahamas for her holidays last year.

7 We ........................................................................... (watch) a film on TV when our guests arrived.

8 They ................................... (already/see) the film twice at the cinema when she rented it on video.

9 The teacher.................................................................................(teach) the children a song yesterday.

10 He..............................................................................(sit) on the train at this time yesterday morning.


^ 30. Put the verbs in brackets into the correct tense.

A When Simon 1) ...arrived... (arrive) at the cinema, dozens of people 2)....................................(queue) outside.

They 3).............................(wait) to see the same film as Simon. Simon, however, 4)...................................(buy)

a ticket in advance, so he 5)............................... (walk) straight to the front of the queue and 6).........................

(enter) the cinema. He 7)........................(feel) relieved that he didn't have to queue. He 8)..................................

(reach) his seat just as the lights 9) ...........................................(go down) for the start of the film.

B Last weekend, Cathy 1)........................(hire) a car and 2) ................................. (drive) to the seaside. When

she 3) ...................(arrive) the wind 4)........................(blow) and the sky 5) ................................... (be)

cloudy. She 6) .......................................... (get out) of the car and 7)..........................................(take) a walk

along the seafront. Then she 8) .................................. (decide) to go for fish and chips at a nearby restaurant

that she 9)............................(see) earlier and liked the look of. By the time she 10)...............................(leave)

the restaurant, it 11) ............................ (already/grow) dark. As she 12).......................................(walk) to her

car it 13)................................(begin) to rain. However, Cathy 14).......................................(not/mind) because

she 15)..................................(have) a wonderful day.


^ 31. a) Fill in the gaps with an appropriate past form.

One fine morning, a man 1) ...was fishing... (fish) in a river. The sun 2).....................................(shine) and

the man 3) ............................................. (sit) on the river bank. Everything was very quiet and peaceful. The man

4) ................................... (wait) patiently for several hours when suddenly he 5)...........................(feel) something

pulling on the fishing line. He 6)............................ (stand up) quickly and 7)...................................(begin) to take in

the line. He 8) ................................. (just/lift) the huge fish he had caught out of the water when there was a loud splash and it fell back into the river. At first, the man didn't know what 9) ........................................... (happen).

Then, he 10) ............................... (look) carefully at his fishing line. It 11) ................................. (snap). The poor

man was so disappointed that he 12).............................................(pack) away all his things and went home.


^ 32. Look at these sentences and then choose the right answer.

David and Tom were talking together when a young woman spoke to them.

Which took more time, a) what David and Tom said, or b) what the woman said?

1 Mike had put up the tent, but Harriet was still unloading things from the car.

Which finished first, a) putting up the tent, or b) unloading?

2 Mark went home and switched off the computer.

What did he do first, a) I go home, or b) switch off the computer?

3 When Claire arrived, Henry was walking up and down.

Which started earlier, a) Claire's arrival, or b) Henry's walking?

4 When Sarah had phoned the office, she drove to the hotel.

Did she phone the office a) before, or b) after driving to the hotel?


^ 33. Write the two sentences as one. Use when and the Past Perfect in either the first or the second part of the

sentence.

I took the book back to the library. I read it.

………I took the book back to the library when I’d read it......................

The students did the experiment. They wrote a report on it.

………..When the students had done the experiment, they wrote a report on it.............

1 Nick saved enough money. He bought a motorbike.

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………...

2 Mark put all the dishes away. He dried them.

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

3 I looked both ways. I pulled out into the road.

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

4 The golfers went into the clubhouse. They played the last hole.

……………………………………………………………………………………………………..


^ 34. Daniel is telling the story of how he forgot his passport. Put the verbs into the correct form.

…….It happened.... (it / happen) last August at the airport. A few weeks before, a group of us

(1)..........................................(decide) to go to Greece together for a holiday. (2) .......................................(we / wait) in the queue at passport control when suddenly (3)...........................................(I / realize) that

(4)........................................(I /forget) my passport. (5) .........................................(it / be) quite a shock.

(6)........................................... (I / hurry) to a phone and (7).......................................(ring) my parents.

(8) ..........................................(they/work) in the garden, but luckily my mother (9)...........................................(hear) the phone. (10)...........................................(they/find) the passport and immediately (11)...........................................(drive) to the airport with it. (12) ......................................... (I / meet) them at the information desk. (13)..........................................(we / have) no time to talk, but (14) ..........................................(I /say) goodbye to them earlier that morning. (15)...........................................(I / run) all the way to the plane. I was just in time. When

(16)...........................................(I / get) there, the passengers (17)...........................................(sit) in their seats ready for take-off. When (18)..........................................(they / see) me, everyone (19)..................................... (start) clapping.


^ 35. Translate into English.

1. Я видела этот фильм, когда была подростком. С тех пор я его не видела. 2. В последнее время она не ест ничего сладкого. Она худеет. 3. Они встретились много лет назад. Это была их единственная встреча. Они больше не встречались. 4. Вчера он совершил герои­ческий поступок. 5. Пока что я не совершил ничего особенного. 6. — Давно вы приехали? — А мы и не уезжали, мы здесь несколько часов. 7. Они долговстречались, но затем расстались. 8. Я так давно не встречалась с друзьями, 9. Мы давно делали ремонт, лет десять назад. 10, Они так давно не ремонтировали квар­тиру. 11. Когда-то, очень давно он рассказал мне эту историю. 12. Мы так давно не разговаривали с тобой. Как жизнь? 13. Они пробыли здесь очень долго и уеха­ли час назад. 14. Они так давно не навещали нас. Мы соскучились по ним. 15. Мы встречались на днях. У них все- хорошо. 16. Давай встретимся на днях, хоро­шо? 17. Это случилось на днях, два или три дня назад. 18. На днях вы получите наш окончательный ответ.


^ 36. Translate into English.

1. Спектакль длился несколько часов. Когда мы вы­ходили из театра, мы увидели нескольких знакомых.

2. Он думал неделю и затем принял решение. 3. Он смотрел на огонь в камине и о чем-то думал. 4. В про­шлом семестре мы часто посещали студенческие ве­чера. 5. Когда дети пришли домой, тети не было дома. Она навещала родственников. 6. Когда ты мне позво­нил, я как раз думал о тебе. 7. — Сколько времени ты набирал этот текст на компьютере? — Я работал два часа. 8. В воскресенье мы долго гуляли по лесу. 9. — Как долго ты училась в школе управления? — Три года. 10. Они были партнерами, но затем расста­лись, так как больше не доверяли друг другу. 11. Она полистала журнал минут пятнадцать и пошла гото­вить ужин. 12. — Как долго ты был в армии? — Я три года служил на флоте. 13. Она написала этот ро­ман за неделю. 14. Александр был очень занят. Он писал статью для журнала.


^ 37. Translate into English.

1. После того, как он увидел это собственными глаза­ми, он поверил, что чудо действительно произошло.

2. Это было нечто, о чем мы никогда не слышали.

3. Эрик очень удивился, когда узнал, что Эрика влюб­лена в него и влюблена уже много лет. 4. После того, как дети ушли в школу, в доме стало тихо. 5. В про­шлом году я впервые посетила Ирландию. Я не бы­вала там прежде. 6. Нам не пришлось стоять в оче­реди, потому что мы купили билеты заранее. 7. Когда Таня позвонила Рите, та уже легла спать. 8. До 1893 года ни один врач не оперировал на сердце. 9. После того как неловкий момент прошел, все расслабились. 10. Он представлял себе вещи, которые не произош­ли. 11. Я никогда не занимался водными лыжами раньше. В первый раз я сделал это во время поездки на Кипр. 12. Виктор был измучен, устал. Он плохо спал уже несколько ночей. Его бессонница не была чем-то новым. 13. С острой болью Нина вдруг поняла, как же она соскучилась по детям! 14. Возможно, Эмма и была одержима властью (to be power-ridden). Но конечно же жизнь сделала ее такой. Андрей знал это, так как по­чти тридцать лет был ее финансовым консультантом. 15. После того, как она совершила храбрый поступок, она стала героиней в глазах всех.


^ 38. Translate into English.

1. Она подошла к двери, чтобы поприветствовать сво­его адвоката, которого она ждала (to expect). 2. На­конец-то он высказал идею, которую прокручивал в голове в последнее время. 3. Молодой человек под­нялся со ступенек, на которых сидел, и вошел в дом. 4. Художник внимательно рассматривал картину, ко­торую рисовал уже несколько недель. 5. Он беспо­коился о своей жене. В последнее время она посе­щала (to see) психоаналитика, пытаясь выяснить причину своей депрессии. 6. Все уважали президента фирмы. Он управлял (to run) этой фирмой много лет. 7. Наконец наступил момент, которого он ждал всю жизнь. 8. Она повесила в шкаф платье, которое толь­ко что примеряла. Оно было слишком ярким. 9. В доме замечательно пахло. Бабушка с утра варила клубничное варенье. 10. Рабочие попросили нас ни к чему не прислоняться, так как они только что кра­сили стены. 11. Когда я вошел в комнату, все за­молчали, и я понял, что они говорили обо мне. 12. Наш шеф вошел в офис и пожаловался, что со­бака сжевала доклад, над которым он работал все выходные.


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