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									1 Past simple
Accuracy Practice

      Complete the text about James Dean. Use the past simple.
   American actor James Dean was born in 1931. Dean’s mother 1 died when Dean was only
   8 years old and he 2 grew up on his aunt and uncle’s farm. He 3 studied acting for two
   years. Then he 4 started a career in films and the theatre. He also 5 appeared in some TV
   commercials, including one for Pepsi-Cola. In 1954, he 6 acted in a play called The
   Immoralist in a New-York theatre. Bosses from a Hollywood film studio 7 saw the play.
   They 8 liked Dean and 9 offered him a film contract. Dean 10 stared in three films, East of
   Eden (1955), Rebel without a Cause (1955) and Giant (1956). During his short career, he 11
   became extremely popular with teenagers. His death in a car crash in 1955 12 caused
   great sadness in young people all over the world.

       die grow up study start appear act see like offer star become cause

      What did Simon and Sally do yesterday?
       Complete the conversation. Use these verbs: win, meet, go, cost, stay, watch, buy, do,
       Sally: What did you do yesterday? 1 Did you go to the Sports Centre?
       Simon: Yes, I went there with Andrew.
       Sally: 2 Did you play tennis?
       Simon: Yes, we did.
       Sally: Andrew is good, isn’t he? 3 Did he win the game?
       Simon: Yes, he won easily.
       Sally: What 4 did you do in the evening? 5 Did you stay at home?
       Simon: Yes, I stayed in and watched TV.
       Sally: What 6 did you watch?
       Simon: A film of a rock concert. It was really good. What about you? 7 Did you meet
       Peter yesterday?
       Sally: Yes, I met him in town. We went shopping. Peter wanted to look for some new
       Simon: 8 did he buy anything?
       Sally: Yes, he bought a pair of jeans in Kings.
       Simon: Kings? That is a really expensive shop, isn’t it? How much 9 did they ( jeans)
       Sally: $42.

      Correct the statements. Use the words in the box.
       radium the Eiffel Tower John F. Kennedy detective stories the radio 1962

      Marconi invented the radio. –He didn’t invent the telephone.
      Gustave Eiffel built the Eiffel Tower. He didn’t build the …..
      Marilyn Monroe died in 1962. He didn’t die ……
       Marie and Pierre Curie discovered radium. They didn’t discover……
      Lee Harvey Oswald killed John F. Kennedy. He didn’t kill ……..
      Agatha Christie wrote detective stories. She didn’t write ……..
  Read what Sharon writes about a typical working day:
Yesterday was a typical working day for Sharon. Write what she did or didn’t do

                                  I usually get up at
                                                       7 o’clock and have
                                  breakfast. I walk                         a big
                                                     to work, which take
                                 about half an hour                        s me
                                                      . I start work at 8.
                                 never have lunch. I                       45. I
                                                      finish work at 5 o’
                                 I’m always tired wh                      clock.
                                                       en I get home. I us
                                cook a meal in th                          ually
                                                    e evening. I don’t
                                go out. I go to be                      usually
                                                    d at about 11 o’cl
                                always sleep well.                       ock. I

1 She got up at 7 o’clock_____                          7 She finished work at 5 o’clock.

2 She had a big breakfast .                             8 She was tired when got home.

3 She walked to work                                    9 She cooked a meal yesterday

4 It took her about half an hour to get to work.        10 She didn’t go out yesterday

5 She started work at 8. 45 .                           11 She went to bed at 11 o’clock.

6 She didn’t have lunch.                                12 She slept well last night.

   Put one of these verbs in each sentence.
    buy catch cost drink fall hurt sell spend teach throw win write
       o Mozart wrote more than 600 pieces of music.
       o “How did you learn to drive?” “My father taught me.”
       o We couldn’t afford to keep our car, so we sold it.
       o I was very thirsty. I drank the water very quickly.
       o Paul and I played tennis yesterday. He’s much better than me, so he won
       o Don fell down the stairs this morning and hurt his leg.
        o   Jim threw the ball to Sue, who caught it.
        o   Ann spent a lot of money yesterday. She bought a dress which cost $100.

    A friend has just come back from holiday. You ask him about it. Write your questions.
1.   (where/go?) Where did you go?
2.   (go/alone?) Did you go alone?
3.   (food/good?) Was the food good?
4.   (how long/stay there?) How long did you stay there?
5.    (stay/at a hotel?) Did you stay at a hotel?
6.    (how/travel?) How did you travel?
7.   (the weather/ fine?) Was the weather fine?
8.    (what/do in the evenings?) What did you do in the evenings?
9.   (meet anybody interesting?) Did you meet anything interesting?

   Complete the sentences. Put the verb into the correct form, positive or negative.
1. I knew Sarah was very busy, so I didn’t disturb her. (disturb)
2. I was very tired, so I went to bed early. (go)
3. The bed was very uncomfortable. I didn’t sleep very well. (sleep)
4. Sue wasn’t hungry, so she didn’t eat anything. (eat)
5. We went to Kate’s house but she was not at home. (be)
6. It was a funny situation but nobody laughed. (laugh)
7. The window was open and a bird flew into the room. (fly)
8. The hotel wasn’t very expensive. It didn’t cost very much. (cost)
9. I was in a hurry, so I didn’t have time to phone you. (have)
10. It was hard work carrying the bags. They were very heavy. (be)

  Write the correct past forms in the newspaper reports below. Use the verbs in
Ten-year-old Ann Burns (1 swim) swam over 40 metres yesterday to rescue her younger
brother when he (2 fall) fell from a boat in Poole harbour. She (3 catch) caught the
exhausted boy by the hair and (4 bring) brought him safely to the shore. Then, finding
that he was unconscious, she (5 revive) revived him by giving him the “kiss of life”.

Dell United (6 win) won their match against Lee Rovers 3-0 last night, and in so doing (7
teach) taught Lee a lesson in the art of football. Lee (8 find) found no answer to the skill of
Dell, who (9 thrust) thrust forward from the moment the whistle (10 blow) blew
Lee (11 hold on) held on till half time, but in the 47th minute Smith, the Dell striker, (12
shoot) shot from 50 yards to score a final goal. Smith (13 go on) went on to score more
goals, and was chosen as man of the match.

Police who (14 stop) stopped a speeding car yesterday after a ten-mile chase (15 discover)
discovered that the driver was Mr A Phelps of Newcastle, aged 103. Mr Phelps (16 learn)
learnt to drive in 1906. “I (17 see) saw the car in my mirror”, (18 say) said Mr Phelps, but I
(19 have) had no idea it was the police. I (20 put) put my foot down and (21 drive) drove
off quickly down the motorway because I (22 think) thought the other car was too close
behind me.”
During yesterday’s severe storms, lightning (23 strike) struck an office building in the
centre of York. It (24 start) started a fire which (25 destroy) destroyed the upper floor of
the building and (26 cause) caused $200, 000 worth of damage. It (27 take) took firemen
over four hours to put out the fire.

   The news editor got the newspaper reports by telephone. However, the telephone line
    was very bad. She did not hear a lot of phrases and had to ask for the information to
    be repeated. Write questions which the editor asked.
   When she did not hear 40 metres (after verb 1) she asked: ‘How far did she swim?’
   When she did not hear to the shore (after verb 4) she asked: “Where did she bring him
   When she did not hear by giving him the “kiss of life” (after verb 5) she asked: “How
    did she revive her brother?”
   When she did not hear till half time (after verb 11) she asked: “How long did they hold
   When she did not hear in 1906 (after verb 16) she asked: “When did he learn to
   When she did not hear in my mirror (after verb 17) she asked: “Where did he see the
   When she did not hear an office building (after verb 23) she asked: “What did it
   When she did not hear $ 200, 000 worth of damage (after verb 26) she asked: “How
    much damage did it caused?”
   When she did not hear over four hours (after verb 27) she asked: “How long did it

   Ann is talking to Dick about various things, including her recent holiday abroad. There
    were some surprises in it. Choose the correct negative forms in the conversation
    below. Then put a full stop ( . ) or a question mark ( ? ) in the boxes, as appropriate.
ANN: The plane didn’t leave until 11.30 – four hours late.
(The plane didn’t
Didn’t the plane)
DICK: Didn’t they say why it was late?
(They didn’t
Didn’t they)
ANN: No ,they didn’t. And then someone was supposed to meet us. But he didn’t
(he didn’t
didn’t he)
arrive. Or perhaps he’d come earlier and gone away again.
DICK: Perhaps he didn’t know about the plane being late.
(he didn’t
didn’t he)
ANN: Maybe. Anyway, when we finally got to the hotel, the hotel didn’t want to give us
Rooms. (the hotel didn’t
didn’t the hotel)
They didn’t have a record of our reservation.
(Didn’t they
   They didn’t)
   DICK: Didn’t the travel company send the hotel a lost of names?
   (The travel company didn’t
   Didn’t the travel company)
   ANN: Apparently not. Still, they let us stay in the end.
   DICK: From what you say, it sounds as if your holiday didn’t go very well.
   (your holiday didn’t
   didn’t your holiday)
   ANN: Well, a lot of things happened that I didn’t expect.
   (didn’t I
   I didn’t)

      A group of hill-walkers has arrived back at a youth hostel after getting into difficulties
       on the hills. The warden of the hostel is finding out what went wrong.
       Write the correct form of the verbs in italics (statement or question, positive or
       negative). If the verb is already correct, write “no change”.

       WARDEN: Ah, there you are! I suppose 1 you got lost in the mist!
       KEN: No. 2 The mist didn’t cover our side of the hill.
       WAREN: Well, what happened? Why 3 didn’t you get back here before now? It 4 got
       dark two hours ago. It was a short trip. 5 You didn’t have to walk more than
       eight kilometers.
       TOMMY: The problem was that 6 we didn’t take a map with us.
       WARDEN: What! 7 You didn’t take a map! Why 8 didn’t you check that before 9 you
       left this
       LIZ: Actually, 10 we had a map. But it was the wrong one.
       WARDEN: But even without a map, 11 didn’t you have any idea where you were
       It’s just a matter of walking south along the valley. That’s all 12 you
       needed to do. 13 didn’t you take a compass with you?
       LARRY: Yes, 14 Sebastian put a compass in his pocket this morning. But 15he didn’t
       know how to use it.
       WARDEN: And where is Sebastian now?
       KEN: We don’t know. 16 We left him on the hill while he was trying to use his

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2 Past continuous
Accuracy Practice

   1. What were you doing at the following times?
    (at 8 o’clock yesterday evening) I was doing my lessons at 8 o’clock yesterday evening.
    (at 5 o’clock last Saturday) I was watching TV at 5 o’clock last Saturday.
       (at 10.15 yesterday morning) I was learning by heart a rhyme at 10.15 yesterday
    (at 4.30 this morning) I was sleeping at 4.30 this morning.
    (at 7.45 yesterday evening) I was having dinner (supper) at 7. 45 yesterday evening.
    (half an hour ago) I was reading “We” by Zamyatin half an hour ago.
   2. Jill and George have been watching a cowboy film in a foreign language. They are not
   sure what was happening in it. Now they are discussing the film. Complete the
   conversation using the words in brackets.
   JILL: In the desert scene, I thought (the girl try) 1 the girl was trying to escape from the
   GEORGE: No, (she not try) 2 she was not trying to escape from him. (They ride) 3 They were
   riding off together to escape from the baddies.
   JILL: I don’t think so. I’m sure (he chase) 4 he was chasing her.
   GEORGE: What (they do) 5 were they doing in that scene on the cliff? (They climb) 6
   Weren’t they climbing up the cliff to surprise the bandits?
   JILL: Surely not. (not they climb) 7 They weren’t climbing down into the old mine to find the
   gold? Those men in the bar (make) 8 were making plans to rob the bank, weren’t they?
   GEORGE: Yes, but one of them (work) 9 was working for the sheriff all the time.
   JILL: Oh no! (He not work) 10 He weren’t working for the sheriff. (He plan) 11He was
   planning to take all the money himself.
   GEORGE: In the final shoot-out, why (not he aim) 12 weren’t he aiming at the leader of the
   bandits? Did you notice that? (He shoot) 13 He was shooting above his head.
   JILL: That’s right. (He hope) 14 He was hoping to capture the leader alive and find out where
   the girl was. I’m afraid (I not watch) 15 I weren’t watching the film all the time.
   GEORGE: Why (not you watch) 16 weren’t you watching it? I thought it was rather fun.
   JILL: Oh George, (you not watch)17 you weren’t watching it all the time, either! In fact (you
   snore) 18 you were snoring in the middle of it!

3 Past continuous and Past simple.
Starting activities
Cinderella, all wrong

Work in pairs or small groups. One person in each pair or group reads the story of Cinderella
aloud. Every time you hear something wrong, stop the story and correct the mistake, using a
past simple negative, like this:
No, Cinderella wasn’t a man, she was a woman.
No, Cinderella didn’t live with beautiful sisters, she had step-sisters only.
No, her step-sisters didn’t do the work around the house, Cinderella did it.
No, she didn’t wear beautiful clothes while her two sisters went around in rags, her step-sisters
wore different dresses.
No, Cinderella’s godmother wasn’t ugly, she was a beautiful woman.
No, Cinderella’s godmother didn’t say that girl had to be back by half-past seven, said that
Cinderella had to be back by 12 o’clock at night.
No, Cinderella didn’t dance with the short fat prince, she danced with the slim and tall prince.
No, Cinderella didn’t drop her football boot on the stairs, she dropped her glass shoe.
No, when he found her he didn’t give her a job in the palace kitchen, he married her.
Cinderella was a young man who lived with her stepmother and her beautiful sisters.
Cinderella made the two sisters do all the work around the house and she wore beautiful
clothes while her two sisters went around in rags. One day there was a ball at the palace and
an ugly fairy godmother appeared and told Cinderella that she could go to the ball – but she
had to be back by half-past seven. So Cinderella went to the ball and danced with the short
fat prince. As she left she dropped her football boot on the stairs. The next day the prince
searched everywhere for Cinderella and when he found her he gave her a job in the palace

Accuracy Practice

    1. Join each idea in A with the most suitable idea in B. Make sentences using when and
       the past continuous or past simple of the verbs in brackets.
A                                               B

1 I (drop) my bag                               I (drive) to work
2 I (cut) myself                                I (eat) a sandwich
3 My car (break down)                           I (run) for a bus
4 I (see) a shark                               I (shave)
5 My clothes (get) dirty                        I (swim) in the sea
6 I (break) a tooth                             I (clean) the attic

I dropped my bag when I was running for a bus.
When I was shaving I cut myself.
My car broke down when I was driving to work.
When I was swimming in the sea I saw a shark.
My clothes got dirty, when I was cleaning the attic.
When I was eating a sandwich, I broke my tooth.
    2. Put the verbs in brackets into the correct form: the past continuous or the past simple.
          o When she (come) into the room I (listen) to the radio. When she came into the
              room I was listening to the radio.
          o When my car (break down) I (phone) a garage. When my car broke down I
              phoned a garage. (one action happened after another)
          o We (go) down in the lift when suddenly it (stop). We were going down in the lift
              when suddenly it stopped. (one action happened when another one was
          o (they/have) dinner when you (call) to see them? Were they having dinner when
              you called to see them. (One action interrupts another one)
          o When the doorbell (ring) I (get) up and (answer) it. When the doorbell rang, I got
              up and answered it. (one action happened after another)
          o When I (open) the door, a friend (stand) there. When I opened the door, a friend
              was standing there. (friend was standing – it was a process)
          o “When I (arrive) arrived back at the car park, my car wasn’t there!” “Oh, no!
              What (you/do) did you do?” “I (report) reported it to the police.” (one action
              after another)
    3. These paragraphs begin three stories: a love story, a western and a horror story.
       Complete the paragraphs using the past continuous or the past simple of the verbs in
1. It was midnight and I was alone in the house. Outside it (1 rain) was raining very hard. I
   (2 get) was getting ready to go to bed when I suddenly heard a strange noise outside my
   room in the corridor. Then, when I looked at the door, I noticed that someone (3 turn)
   was turning the handle! I (4 rush) rushed over to the door and quickly (5 turn) turned
   the key in the lock. Then I (6 ask) asked in a trembling voice, “Who is it?”
2. It was early evening and it (1 begin) was beginning to get dark in the surgery of Doctor
   Nigel Harris. The young, handsome doctor (2 stand) was standing looking sadly out of
   the window when there was a quiet knock at the surgery door. The door (3 open)
   opened and Dr Harris (4 turn) turned round to see the young girl who had just entered
   the room. She was very beautiful! With a sad smile the doctor (5 ask) asked, “Are you
   the new nurse?”
3. I (1 sit) was sitting in the big chair in Henry’s barber’s shop at the time. Henry (2 cut) was
   cutting my hair with his big pair of scissors when we heard the sound of horses outside.
   The noise was so loud that we went over to the window to look. Through the window
   we could see at least twenty gunmen riding into town. Henry immediately (4 go) went
   over to his desk and (5 put) put on his gun and Sheriff’s badge.

   Which paragraph begins which story?
   Paragraph number two begins a love story, paragraph number three begins a western
   and a paragraph number one begins a horror story.
4. Use your own ideas to complete the sentences. Use the past continuous.
 Tom burnt his hand while he was cooking a barbeque.
 The doorbell rang while he was talking to the phone.
 We saw an accident while we were driving our car.
 Mary fell asleep while she was dreaming about good weather.
 The television was on but nobody was watching it.
5. Put the verbs into the correct form, past continuous or past simple.
 I (1 see) saw Sue in town yesterday but she (2 not/see) didn’t see me. She (3 look) was
   looking the other way.
 I (1 meet) met Tom and Ann at the airport a few weeks ago. They (2 go) went to Berlin
   and I went (3 go) to Madrid. We (4 have) were having a chat while we (5 wait) were
   waiting for our flights.
 I (1 cycle) was cycling home yesterday when suddenly a man (2 step) stepped out into
   the road in front of me. I (3 go) went quite fast but luckily I (4 manage) managed to stop
   in time and (5 not/ hit) didn’t hit him. (went and then managed: one action after

6.   Put the verbs into the correct form, past continuous or past simple.
1.   Jane (1 wait) was waiting for me when I (2 arrive) arrived.
2.   “What (1 you/do) were you doing this time yesterday?” “I was asleep.”
3.   “(1 you/go) Did you go last night?” No, I was too tired.”
4.   “Was Carol at the party last night?” “Yes, she (1 wear) was wearing a really nice dress.
5.   How fast (1 you/drive) were you driving when the accident (2 happen) happened?
6.   John (1 take) took a photograph of me while I (2 not/look) wasn’t looking.
7.   We were in a very difficult position. We (1 not/know) didn’t know what to do.
8.   I haven’t seen Alan for ages. When I last (1 see) saw him, he (2 try) was trying to find a
     job in London.
   9. I (1 walk) was walking along the street when suddenly I (2 hear) heard footsteps behind
       me. Somebody (3 follow) was following me. I was frightened and I (4 start) started to
   10. When I was young, I (1 want) wanted to be a bus driver.
   7. Write sentences. Use the past progressive in a positive, negative or question form.
    you/use/the hairdrier/when the lights went out? Were you using the hairdriver when
       the lights went out?
    John/not talk/ to Barbara. Barbara was not even in the room. John didn’t talk to
    The last time I saw him,/Dick/drink/orange juice in the kitchen. Dick was drinking orange
       juice in the kitchen.
    you/drive/slowly/when you saw the man in the road? Were you driving slowly when
       you saw the man in the road?
    It/snow/as I left home for the last time. It was snowing as I left home for the last time.
   8. Rewrite the sentences. Use the past progressive and past simple with when or while.
    Before the bus had completely stopped, the child jumped off.
               The bus was stopping when the child jumped off.
    As Jane wrote the last sentence of her homework, her friend asked her to do his as well.
               Jane was writing the last sentence of her homework, when her friend asked her
               to do his as well
    During dinner at Harry’s Anna lost her necklace.
               While Anna was having dinner at Harry’s she lost her necklace
    John brought the sweet in but I still had some chips on my plate to eat.
               I was still having some chips on my plate to eat, when John brought the sweet in.
    Did Emily wear that dress when she got married?
               Was Emily wearing that dress when she got married?
   9. Join the sentences using as, just, while, when and ago. Put the verbs into the past
       progressive or the past simple.
    I was eating (1 eat) my dinner as there (2 be) was a knock at the door. (AS)
    When Camilla (1 get) was getting into the car Henry just shouted (2 shout) a warning.
       (JUST, WHEN)
    You (1 dance) were dancing at the disco while I was painting (2 paint) the kitchen at
       home. (WHILE)
    I (1 know) knew her ten years ago, when she (2 work) was working for Star Electronics at
       the same time as I was. (AGO, WHEN)
    James (1 hear) heard a noise, while he was listening to (2 listen to) the music. (WHILE)

   1. There are mistakes in some of these sentences. Find the mistakes and correct them.
         o The Titanic (traveled) was traveling to New York when it hit an iceberg and sank
             in the Atlantic.
         o The jumper shrank when I (washed) was washing it.
       o   Christopher Columbus was sailing in the Santa Maria when he discovered
           America. Correct
       o I (was breaking) broke my toe when I (tripped) was tripping over the dog.
       o The mouse (was having) had a heart attack when the cat jumped down from the
       o The footballer (ran) was running towards the goal when he fell over.
       o James Dean (drove) was driving a sport car when he died.
2. Make sentences. Put the verbs into the correct form: the past simple or the past
 while I / write / a letter the phone / ring / . While I was writing a letter, the phone rang.
 you / read / the newspaper as soon as it / arrive / .You were reading the newspapers as
   soon as it arrived.
 she / not / lock / the door when she / leave / the office / . She didn’t lock the door when
   she was leaving the office.
 the train / go / through the tunnel when it / suddenly / stop / . The train was going
   through the tunnel when it suddenly stopped.
 Sally / wash / her hair when the doorbell / ring /. Sally was washing her hair when the
   doorbell rang.
 John Logie Baird / invent / the television or the telephone /? Did John Logie Baird invent
   the television or the telephone? (We don’t know exactly time of this invention)
 they / cry / when they / hear / the bad news / . They cried when they heard the bad
 the cat / lie / on the sofa when the mouse / come / into the room / . The cat was lying
   on the sofa when the mouse came in room.
3. Some incidents took place near Dell football ground last week. A policeman is writing
   a report of the incidents.
   Write sentences from the report, joining ideas together, and using the words given.
 Dell fans enter the ground. A group of Lee fans arrive.
   (while) Den funs were entering the ground while a group of Lee funs arrived.
 Several of our men receive injuries. We try to keep the groups of fans apart.
   (while) Several of our men received injuries while we were trying to keep the groups of
   fans apart.
 We hold our ground well. A group of Dell fans break through our lines.
   (while) We were holding our ground well until a group of Dell funs broke through their
 The two groups meet. Violent fighting breaks out.
   (while) The two groups met violent fighting broke out.
 I attempt to arrest one hooligan. A brick strikes me on the head.
   (while) While I was attempting to arrest one hooligan, a brick struck me on the head.
 Several shopkeepers complain to us. The fans cause a lot of damage.
   (while) While several shopkeepers complained to us because the fans caused a lot of
 All this goes on outside. Fans throw stones inside the ground.
   (while) While all this was going on outside fans were throwing stones inside the ground.
 The situation becomes serious. We radio for extra men.
   (while) we radioed for extra men the situation was becoming serious.
 We wait for extra men. The situation becomes calm.
   (while) however we were waiting for extra men the situation became calm.
4. Past progressive or past simple in context. Put in the right form of the verb in brackets.
     Sometimes either form is possible.
I (1 walk) was walking along the street one day when I (2 see) saw something very strange. I
(3 notice) noticed a man the same height as me who (4 have) had a beard like mine. He (5
wear) was wearing a blue shirt and an old pair of jeans and he (6 carry)was carrying a bag
with some books in it. He (7 just/cross) just was crossing the road ahead of me but he (8
not/avoid) was not avoiding me deliberately, I (9 be) was sure of that. As he (10 go across)
was going across the road I (11 follow) followed him. I (12 wonder) wondered whether to
stop him and ask him whether he had noticed something strange too. I (13 still/think) was
still thinking about it when he (14 turn round) turned round suddenly and we (15 look at)
looked at (were looking at) each other. He (16 look) looked amazed. “It’s unbelievable, isn’t
it?” I (17 say) said as I (18 stare at) stared at (stared at) his face, which (19 be) was just like
mine, and at his hair, which (20 also/be) was also just like mine. “You are my double. You
look exactly the same as me.”

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