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Past simple tense

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1) Put these verbs into past tense (they are both irregular and regular)

Say -

Call -

Show -

Get - 

Can -

Stand -

Be -

Hear -

Grow -

See – 

Think -

2) Try to put the verbs in past tense into the text. 


On a dark desert highway,
cool wind in my hair
Warm smell of colitas,
rising up through the air
Up ahead in the distance,
I 1)  (see) shimmering light
My head 2)  (grow) heavy and my sight 3)  (grow) dim
I 4) (have) to stop for the night
There she 5)  (stand) in the doorway;
I 6)  (hear) the mission bell
And I was thinking to myself,
'This 7)  (can) be Heaven or this 8)  (can) be Hell'
Then she lit up a candle
and she 9)  (show) me the way
There were voices down the corridor,
I 10)  (think) I heard them say...

Welcome to the Hotel California
Such a lovely place (Such a lovely place)
Such a lovely face
Plenty of room at the Hotel California
Any time of year (Any time of year)
You can find it here

Her mind is Tiffany-twisted,
she 11) (get) the Mercedes Benz
She 12)  (get) a lot of pretty,
pretty boys she calls friends
How they dance in the courtyard,
sweet summer sweat.
Some dance to remember,
some dance to forget

So I 13)  (call) up the Captain,
'Please bring me my wine'
He 14)  (say), 'We haven't had that spirit
here since nineteen sixty nine'
And still those voices
are calling from far away,
Wake you up in the middle of the night
Just to hear them say...

Welcome to the Hotel California
Such a lovely place (Such a lovely place)
Such a lovely face
They livin' it up at the Hotel California
What a nice surprise (what a nice surprise)
Bring your alibis

Mirrors on the ceiling,
The pink champagne on ice
And she 15)  (say) 'We are all just prisoners here,
of our own device'
And in the master's chambers,
They gathered for the feast
They stab it with their steely knives,
But they just can't kill the beast

Last thing I remember, I 16)  (be)
Running for the door
I 17) (have) to find the passage back
To the place I was before
'Relax,' 18)  (say) the night man,
'We are programmed to receive.
You can check-out any time you like,
But you can never leave!'

 3) Listen to the Eagle’s song to make sure to fill in the verbs correctly.
=Teacher Ljupka=