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Simple Past &The Past Continuous (Author-Bouabdellah)




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Technicum Si-Tarek Of Relizane

�Second/Third Year Students

�Technological Streams 2003/2004

�Structure Practice: The Past Simple & Continuous


HugPut the verbs in brackets into the simple past or past continuous tense.

Star�Mr Smith never (wake) in time in the mornings and always (get) into trouble for being late; so one day he (go) to town and (buy) an�alarm clock.�To get home he (have to) go through a field where a bad-tempered bull usually (graze). This bull normally (not chase) people unless something (make) him angry. Unfortunately, as Mr. Smith (cross) the field, his alarm clock� (go) on.�This (annoy) the bull, who immediately (begin) to chase Mr Smith.�Mr Smith (carry) an open umbrella as it (rain) slightly. He (throw) the umbrella to the ground and (run) away as fast as he could.�The bull (stop) and (begin) to attack the umbrella. While he (do) this Mr Smith escaped.

Star�When he (awake) she (sit) on the window. She (look) at something in the street, but when he (call) her she (turn) and (smile) at him.

Star�Why (you / interrupt) me just now? I (have) a very interesting conversation with Mr. Pitt.

Star�The murderer (carry) the corpse down the stairs when he (hear) a knock on the door.

Star�When I (look) through your books I (notice) that you have a copy of "Murder in the Cathedral".

Star�As they (walk) along the road they (hear) a car coming from behind them. Tom (turn) round and (hold) up his hand. The car (stop).

Star�When I (arrive) at the station Mary (wait) for me. She (wear) a blue dress and (look) very pretty. As soon as she (see) me she (wave) her� umbrella and (shout) something, but I couldn't hear what she (say)�because everybody (make)such a noise.

Star�The prisoner (escape) by climbing the wall on the garden where he (work). He (wear) blue overalls and black shoes.

Star�She said that the car (travel) at 40 k.p.h. when it (begin) to skid.

Star�She said that she (not like) her present flat and (try) to find another.

Star�While he (make) his speech the minister suddenly (feel) faint. But someone (bring) him a glass of water and after a few minutes he (be able) to continue.

Star� -When I (see) him he (paint) a portrait of his wife.
��������� -(you/like) it?�
��������� -He (only just/start) when I (see) it, so I couldn't judge.

Star�-I (take) my friend to a murder trial the other day.
�������� -Who (be) tried? A man called Bill Sykes.
�������� -(he/acquit)?��
�������� -I don't know. They (still/listen) to the evidence when we (leave).

Star�I (be) sorry that I (have to) leave the party early, because I (enjoy) myself.

Star� As we (come) here a policeman (stop) us. He (say) that he (look) for some stolen property and (ask) if he could search the car.

Star�-I (see) you yesterday from the bus.
���������-Why (you/use) a stick?
�������� -I (use) a stick because I had hurt my leg that morning falling off a horse.��
�������� -Whose horse you (ride)?

Star� The floor (cover) with balls of wool. Obviously Mrs Pitt (knit) something.

Star� Ann said that she (be) on holiday. I (say) that I (hope) that she (enjoy) herself.

Star�While he (water) the flowers it (begin) to rain. He (put) up his umbrella and (go) on watering.

Star� I just (write) a cheque when I (remember) that I (have)�nothing in the bank.

Star� I (find) this ring as I (dig) in the garden. It looks very old. I wonder who (it/belong) to?

Star� When I last (see) her she (hurry) along the road to� the station. I (ask) her where she (go) and she (say), "London", but I don't think she (speakthe truth because there (not be) any train for London at�that time.

Star�The tailor said, "Your suit will be ready on Monday". But when I (call) on Monday he (still/work) on it.

Star� The teacher (come) into the classroom unusually early and one of the boys, who (smoke) a cigarette, (have) no time to put it out. So he (throw) it into his desk and (hope) for the best.�A little later the teacher (notice) that smoke (rise) from this desk.� (you/smoke) when I (come) in? he (ask)....