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Simple Past Tense

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Grammar – Simple Past Tense

(ENGLISH FOR A BETTER FUTURE)

 

1.               Farmers __________________ (bulldoze) the land to make a new field.  

 

2.               My teacher ___________________ (meet) your acquaintance, everyday. 

 

3.               He _____________________ (think) it’s clever to make fun of people. 

 

4.               We _______________ (go) to headquarters in Tokyo and started a new business there. 

 

5.               They ______________ (have) to make a small charge for refreshments. 

 

6.               Businessman ____________ (lock)  up our valuables in the safe. 

 

7.               Cook  ________________ (boil)  the kettle and made some tea. 

 

8.               Policemen _________________ (brush) their boots before going to the parade. 

 

9.               Old man __________________ (bang) the door very heavily.  

 

10.           Postal workers ______________ (get)  a 5.2% pay rise from last month. 

 

11.           Mr. Fernando who works in Irrigation Department    _______________ (come) this way, yesterday. 

 
12.           Smith and Brothers Company Ltd.  ________________ (introduce) a new wrist watch, last year. 
 
13.           Srilankans __________  (fight) hardly against the terrorism, last year.   
 
14.           New Zealand ______________ (produce) milk powder vastly than other countries, early 1990's. 
 
15.           Middle east countries ______________ (demand) high quality Sri Lankan garment products, those days.    
 
16.           A woodpecker____________  (broach) many valuable trees in our land, last month.  
 
17.           I _____________ (begin) to work in Sri Lanka, as soon as I arrived. 
 
18.           I'm afraid I'm not hungry. I ___________________(eat) a cheese burger,  little while ago. 
 
19.           When Palitha was at school, he ____________(learn) to play the saxophone.   
 
20.           Could you give me some advice? I _______________(buy) this sweater at Macy's. Do you think I should return it back?   
       
 
21.           Upali  lived in Anuradhapura.  Before he ___________________(move) here.  
 
22.           Sanath ____________(migrate) to Paris last year.     
 
23.           Sanduni  _________________(want) to buy a hanky when I was in a hurry to get back home    
 
24.           Gayani  ____________________(believe) my words for ages.  
 
25.           It  ______________ (start) a heavy downpoure, as soon as we got out of home.   
 
by Ranjith (SL) (ranjith_a@parliament.lk)