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Simple past - part 1




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Part 1: the simpsons
Read about the Simpsons' family history and complete the text. Put the verbs between brackets into the simple past, but be careful: regular and irregular verb forms are mixed in these sentences!
When Homer Simpson �(be) a young boy, he �(have) a lot of hair on his head. His classmates �(not - think) he was a handsome guy, in fact they �(think) he was stupid. He �(not - study) hard at school; he �(prefer) to fool around and have fun instead of working. His dad �(not - be) very clever either: he never��(support) Homer in his life.
A few years later in high school, Homer �(meet) Marge. She �(be) an intelligent girl who �(study) hard to get good grades.
When Marge �(grow) up, she �(love) to play with her older sisters Patty and Selma. They �(be) twins and they �(help) their mother to raise little Marge. That's why she's always been such a good student. But then she �(fall) in love with Homer, who's the exact opposite. Her sisters �(not - like) Homer at all, because they �(find) he �(not - be) good enough for Marge.
After a while, Marge and Homer �(marry) each other and they �(start) a family together. They �(move) to a small house in Springfield. It �(not -take) long before Marge was pregnant. So after nine months Marge �(give) birth to a boy named Bart.
Although�Bart Simpson �(look) like a cute baby, he �(turn) out a nasty kid who always �(seem) to boycot his father's intentions. He �(throw) his food away, he �(not - want) to eat vegetables and he �(puke) on his dad's shirt. Marge was always the patient parent, but Homer often �(become) angry. Then he �(attack) little Bart and �(try) to kill him for a few moments. Bart �(not - mind) that and �(make) his father angry on purpose.
When Bart �(become) a toddler, he �(get) a little sister: Lisa. Little Lisa Simpson �(look) a lot like her mother: she �(be) a cute, intelligent baby and she �(adore) her brother Bart. She �(follow) him and �(copy) him wherever�he �(go). Bart �(hate) his sister, he �(ignore) her most of the time. But when that �(not - work), he even �(try) to kill her! It �(take) a while before Bart �(realise) that having a sister can be a lot of fun too! And from that moment on, he �(defend) her with all his heart.�

Based on the facts that you just read, you will notice that the following statements are all untrue. Rewrite the sentences by turning them into negative forms.
Homer had a lot of girlfriends.
Marge lost her patience easily.
Bart ate well.
Lisa was a nasty kid.
Homer studied hard at school.
Patty and Selma liked Homer.
Homer and Marge married because they had to.
Marge helped to raise her twin sisters.
Homer bought a house in New York.
Bart and Lisa were both cute babies.
Finished? Click the 'Done/OK' button and check your answers.
For exercises concerning�simple past questions, go to the next exercise.
Have fun... and good luck!