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Simple Past (Past Simple

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The simple past expresses an action in the past taking place once, never, several times. It can also be used for actions taking
place one after another or in the middle of another action.
Form of Simple Past
Positive Negative Question
no differences I spoke. I did not speak. Did I speak?
For irregular verbs, use the past form (see list of irregular verbs, 2nd column). For regular verbs, just add “ed”.
Exceptions in Spelling when Adding ‘ed’
Use of Simple Past
 action in the past taking place once, never or several times
Example: He visited his parents every weekend.
 actions in the past taking place one after the other
Example: He came in, took off his coat and sat down.
 action in the past taking place in the middle of another
action
Example: When I was having breakfast, the phone
suddenly rang.
 if sentences type II (If I talked, …)
Example: If I had a lot of money, I would share it with you.
Exercise on Simple Past.
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Exercise on positive sentences. Write positive sentences in simple past.
1. he / the question / answer
2. you / a question / ask
3. the dog / bark
4. they / us / call
5. we / a mountain / climb
6. John / stamps / collect
7. we / in London / live
8. I / hungry / be
9. they / a hamster / have
10. he / to school / go
Exceptions in spelling when adding ed Example
after a final e only add d love – loved
final consonant after a short, stressed vowel
or l as final consonant after a vowel is doubled
admit – admitted
travel – travelled
final y after a consonant becomes i hurry – hurried
Exercise on Simple Past
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Have a
look at James's last week's diary and answer
the questions in complete sentences. Put the
time expression at the end of the sentence.









1. When was his English course? →
2. When did he go shopping? →
3. When did he buy flowers? →
4. When was his meeting? →
5. When did he play football? →
6. When did he go to the Italian restaurant? →
7. When did he ring Jane? →
8. When did he go to the cinema? →
9. When did he play tennis? →
10. When was the concert? →
11. When did he go sailing? →

Exercise on Simple Past
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Exercise on negative sentences
Rewrite the sentences in the negative.
1. They collected postcards. →
They did not colle

2. You jumped high. →
3. Albert played squash. →
4. The teacher tested our English. →
5. Fiona visited her grandma. →
6. He washed the car. →
7. You were thirsty. →
8. He had a computer. →
9. I bought bread. →
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
football shopping meeting ring Jane buy flowers concert sailing
cinema tennis English Italian restaurant
10. You saw the house. →
Exercise on questions. Write questions in simple past.
1. Anna / the window / open
Did Anna open th

2. she / home / walk
3. you / in the garden / work
4. you / a song / sing
5. she / on a chair / sit
6. you / the castle / visit
7. Jenny / the door / lock
8. she / happy / be
9. Greg / the ball / kick
10. the car / at the corner / stop

Exercise on questions with interrogative. Ask for the bold part of the sentence.
1. She pushed her bike. →
2. She carried a bag. →
3. We waited in the park. →
4. The policeman arrested the thief. →
5. We ate fish. →
6. She watched the match last night. →
7. She asked her friend because she did not know what to do. →
8. I opened the door. →
9. The teacher checked our homework. →
10. Cindy had a dog. →
Complete these sentences.
1. English is more popular ______ Swedish.
a) then b) tan c) thin d) them
2. If I ______ more free time, I would learn Italian.
a) have b) would have c) have had d) had
3. Many people want to learn English ______ they think it will help their career.
a) because b) because of c) although d) unless
4. People ______ want to a learn foreign language must practice often.
a) how b) who c) which d) with
5. Some students spend a lot of money ______ books.
a) on b) in c) with d) at
6. These exercises will help a student ______ progress.
a) do b) make c) to doing d) to making

Past Simple - irregular verbs 1
Below you will find 10 sentences, each with one word missing. In the boxes provided type what you think is the
missing word. Then click on Get Score to see how well you have done.

1. Yesterday I ….. to the cinema.(go)
2. My sister ….. a birthday cake last week. (bake)
3. Peter ….. his bicycle to work yesterday. (ride)
4. Susan and Michael …. to Salzburg two days ago. (drive)
5. Jane ….. her mother to the theatre last Saturday. (take)
6. A friend ….. his leg while paragliding. (break)
7. Last week Mary ….. a cold. (have)
8. My son ….. a lot of homework last night. (do)
9. Rainer ….. a lot of Guinness in the pub last night. (drink)
10. Manfred ….. new glasses last month. (buy)





















Irregular Verbs - Crossword - MIX 2
Complete the crossword, then click on "Check" to check your answer. Click on a number in the grid to see the clue or
clues for that number. If you are stuck, you can click on "Hint" to get a free letter.
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1) Past Participle of RIDE
2) Simple Past of SAY
3) Past Participle of SINK
5) Simple Past of MEAN
7) Simple Past of FIGHT
9) Past Participle of BET
10) Simple Past of SPEND
12) Infinitive of LOST
13) Infinitive of COST
14) Infinitive of TORN
17) Past Participle of SEND
18) Simple Past of HANG
21) Simple Past of THINK
22) Infinitive of WORE
23) Past Participle of FORGET

Down:
1) Past Participle of RISE
2) Simple Past of SLEEP
4) Past Participle of KNOW
6) Infinitive of CAUGHT
8) Simple Past of HOLD
9) Simple Past of BECOME
10) Simple Past of SHINE
11) Past Participle of TEACH
15) Simple Past of BUY
16) Simple Past of FEEL
17) Past Participle of SHOW
19) Simple Past of GET
20) Simple Past of LIE











The Canterville Ghost
There was a horrible storm that night, but apart from that nothing scary happened. The
next morning, however, when the family came down to breakfast, they found the terrible
stain of blood once again on the floor. Washington cleaned it a second
time, but the second morning it appeared again. The third morning it
was there, too, although the library had been locked up at night by Mr
Otis himself.
The following night, all doubts about the existence of the ghost were
finally removed forever. At eleven o'clock the family went to bed and
some time after, Mr Otis was awakened by a strange noise in the
corridor, outside his room. It sounded like the clank of metal, and it came nearer every
moment. Mr Otis got up and looked at the time. It was exactly one o'clock. So Mr Otis
put on his slippers, went to the door and opened it. There, right in front of him, stood the
ghost - his eyes were as red as burning coals; long grey hair fell over his shoulders and
from his wrists and ankles hung heavy chains.
“My dear Sir,” said Mr Otis, “you must oil those chains. It's impossible to sleep with such
a noise going on outside the bedrooms. I have therefore brought you this bottle of
lubricator, and I will be happy to supply you with more if you require it.” With these
words Mr Otis laid the bottle down, closed his door and went back to bed.
Shocked, the Canterville ghost stood quite motionless for a moment, but then he growled
angrily. Just at this moment, the twins appeared on the corridor and threw a large pillow
at him! The ghost hastily escaped through the wall, and the house became quiet again.
When the ghost reached his small secret chamber, he took a deep breath. No ghosts in
history had ever been treated in this manner!

The Canterville Ghost
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Questions on the text
 Which statement is true?
The ghost appears on the first night the Otis family spends in the castle.
Washington runs out of stain remover.
The blood-stain is there again every morning.
 What wakes Mr Otis up?
The ghost's chains.
His wife's snoring.
The screaming of a person.
 Is Mr Otis afraid of the ghost? yes no



 Why do we use the simple past in the following sentences?
 He put on his slippers, went to the door and opened it.
states in the past
actions that happened one after the other
 His eyes were red; grey hair fell over his shoulders and from his wrists hung
heavy chains.
states in the past
actions that happened one after the other
The Canterville Ghost
Questions on the text
 Which statement is true?
The ghost appears on the first night the Otis family spends in the castle.
Washington runs out of stain remover.
The blood-stain is there again every morning.
 What wakes Mr Otis up?
The ghost's chains.
His wife's snoring.
The screaming of a person.
 Is Mr Otis afraid of the ghost? yes no
Find a synonym for each word in the text.
 terrible → horrible
 closer → nearer
Why do we use the simple past in the following sentences?
 He put on his slippers, went to the door and opened it.
states in the past
actions that happened one after the other
 His eyes were red; grey hair fell over his shoulders and from his wrists hung
heavy chains.
states in the past
actions that happened one after the other


crossword

Complete the crossword with the correct form of the irregular verb, then click on "Check" to check
your answer. Click on a number in the grid to see the clue or clues for that number. If you are stuck,
you can click on "Hint" to get a free letter.

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Across:
25) Simple Past of FLY
26) Past Participle of STAND
27) Past Participle of MAKE

Down:
1) Simple Past of HURT
2) Simple Past of CHOOSE
3) Past Participle of BE
4) Past Participle of TAKE
6) Simple Past of UNDERSTAND
7) Simple Past of SIT
9) Past Participle of GO
13) Simple Past of HEAR
14) Past Participle of SWIM
15) Past Participle of WRITE
19) Simple Past of GO
22) Simple Past of PAY
23) Simple Past of WIN
Reflexive pronouns
myself

yourself
himself
herself
itself
ourselves
yourselves
He carries the buckets himself.
themselves


each other


They help each other.


Reflexive pronouns, self-pronouns - Exercise
Explanation: Reflexive pronouns
Pronouns Reflexive pronou en 614

Choose the correct reflexive pronouns from the dropdown menu.

myself - yourself - himself - herself - itself - ourselves - yourselves - themselves

1) Robert made this T-shirt .
2) Lisa did the homework
3) We helped to some cola at the party.
4) Emma, did you take the photo all by ?
5) I wrote this poem .
6) He cut with the knife while he was doing the dishes.
7) The lion can defend .
8) My mother often talks to .
9) Tim and Gerry, if you want more milk, help .
10) Alice and Doris collected the stickers .




Reflexive pronoun - yes or no?
Pronouns Reflexive pronou en 115

Decide whether you need the reflexive (self) pronoun or not.
1) Last Monday I got up at six, then I .
2) She really well today.
3) Let's at six tomorrow.
4) Last weekend Alex cooked dinner and .
5) May I .
6) You can on the sofa if you wish.
7) Please while doing your homework.

8) I was so shocked, I could hardly .
9) He often the trip to China.
10) We can't living without electricity.



Irregular Past Participles
Click on the correct past participle form.




1 Begin: We're late -- the game has already ______.



begin



begun



began

2 Break: Shelley can't go skiing any more. She has ______ her leg.



broken



breaken



broke

3 Become: In the last few years, it has ______ more and more difficult to get into college.



become



became



becume

4 Bring: Duncan's here, and he's ______ some sandwiches!



braught



brung



brought

5 Choose: She's getting married in a week, and she hasn't ______ her dress yet.



choosen



chose



chosen

6 Drink: It's so hot that I've ______ five cans of Coke already this afternoon.



drank



drunk



drunken

7 Eat: You've ______ my lunch! How dare you!



eaten



ate



aten

8 Fall: The price of oil has ______ rapidly since January.



fell



felt



fallen

9 Feel: I've never ______ so good!



felt



feelen



fold

10 Hear: Have you ______ about the accident?



heared



hearn



heard

11 Lose: I've ______ my grammar book. Have you seen it?



lost



loose



losen

12 Put: I found your grammar book under the table. I've ______ it away on the bookshelf.



put



putten



pought

13 Run: Jan's out of breath because she's ______ all the way from the bus terminal.



ran



run



runnen

14 Sell: Have you ______ your car yet?



sellen



sole



sold

15 Show: Stewart hasn't ______ up yet. He must have been delayed.



shown



shew



showed

16 Sleep: I was so exhausted after the exam that I ______ for twelve hours.



sleep



sleeped



slept

17 Steal: Someone has ______ my bicycle!



stolen



stole



stelt

18 Swim: She's never ______ in the sea before.



swim



swum



swam

19 Teach: Gerry has ______ English at UVic for many years.



tought



taught



teach

20 Write: How many pages have you ______ for your homework?



writen



wrote



written


In this exercise, you will need to type correct sentences based on the prompts. There are two things
to think about: first, you will have to get the form of the present perfect correct, and second, you
will need to decide whether to use "for" or "since" with the time expression.
If you need help, press the "Hint" button to get the next correct letter in the answer.
Present Perfect: Creating the Correct Form
Type in your answer and click on "Check".



1. I / live / here / five years


2. Fred / be / pilot / 1992


3. We / know / each other / childhood


4. Ten years / Mayumi and Yoko / work / in the same office


5. I / want / play / professional hockey / I was four


Form of Past Participle
Fill in the Past Participle.
1. the (lose) son
2. an (interest) audience
3. a (break) leg
4. an (empty) bottle
5. a (close) door
6. a (decorate) room
7. two (pack) bags
8. the (write) letters
9. the (sell) car
10. the (buy) apples
Guess the missing verbs in the sentences or questions, then click on "Check" to check your answers.
Click on a number in the grid to see the clue or clues for that number. If you are stuck, you can click
on "Hint" to get a free letter.

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1) Look! The girls are ___ on the
Internet.
4) I ___ to the radio.
5) Mary usually ___ tea for breakfast.
6) Harry ___ to write text messages.
10) Do you ___ under the shower?
11) My mum often ___ donuts.
12) Steve usually ___ his homework.
14) Peter ___ TV.
15) ___ down, please.

Down
2) Stephanie often ___ questions in the
lessons.
3) It's late. I'm ___ hungry.
7) My mother can __ three languages.
8) We ___ to school on our bikes.
9) Would you ___ the window, please?
13) My first lesson ___ at 7.40.




Fill in the missing verbs, then click on "Check" to check your answers. Click on a number in the grid
to see the clue or clues for that number. If you are stuck, you can click on "Hint" to get a free letter.

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Across

5) We ___ all our friends to the party.
7) After school we usually ___ in the sun.
9) Hang on! I'll ___ this box for you.
10) She wants to ___ an actress.
11) Can you ___ car from English into Greek?
13) K.O. means ___ out.
14) Can you ___ the meaning of this word?
15) His grandfather ___ a tree house yesterday.

Down

1) My father never ___ breakfast.
2) How do like to ___ your birthday?
3) Andrew always ___ in pictures.
4) ___ up - the bus is coming.
6) Alexander Fleming ___ penicillin.
8) Hurricanes ___ in the Atlantic.
12) We often ___ my parents in
Argentina.
““My Friend””

Name________________
Date________________
Directions: Read the story. Then answer the questions below.

I have a friend. My friend lives in California. My friend is a girl. She is seventeen years old.
Her name is Jessica Roberts. Jessica is cool. I like her a lot. She likes to read. She is a
good reader. She is good at math too. It is her best subject. Jessica is smart. I like to eat
lunch with her. We eat lunch on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Jessica is my friend.

Questions:
1)) Where does my friend live?
A. Colorado
B. Texas
C. California

2)) Is my friend a girl or a boy?
A. She is a girl.
B. He is a boy.

3)) How old is my friend?
A. 15 years old
B. 16 years old
C. 17 years old

4)) What is my friend's first name?
A. Jenny
B. Jessica
C. Julia

Questions (continued):
5)) What is my friend's last name?
A. Rowan
B. Randal
C. Roberts

6)) What is Jessica's best subject?
A. English
B. Math
C. Science

7)) For how many days a week do I eat lunch with Jessica?
A. 3
B. 5
C. 7




Name_____________________________________ Date_______________
Language Testing Practice
This is a test to show how well you understand language skills.
Read each question carefully. Darken the circle next to the correct
answer.
1. Which punctuation mark should go at the end of this sentence?
I like to run and play outside __
Ο ? Ο . Ο !
2. Which word in this sentence needs a capital letter?
we can go to the store.
Ο store Ο go Ο we
3. Which word is a noun?
Ο bird Ο sing Ο easy
4. Which punctuation mark should go at the end of this sentence?
Is this your red bicycle __
Ο ? Ο . Ο !
5. Which word best completes this sentence?
My _______ is very nice.
Ο jump Ο teacher Ο see
6. Which word is spelled correctly?
Ο lookid Ο many Ο frends
7. Which word in this sentence needs a capital letter?
Can i go to Mandy’s house?
Ο house Ο go Ο i
8. Which word is spelled correctly?
Ο hurrie Ο purple Ο nead
9. Which word correctly completes this sentence?
Adam ____ to swim in the pool.
Ο like Ο likes Ο liking
10. Which word correctly completes this sentence?
Jill wants to go _____ you.
Ο about Ο at Ο with
11. Which of the following is a complete sentence?
Ο The little brown bird. Ο I saw a little puppy. Ο Went to see Mike.
12. Which word would come first if the words were in alphabetical order?
sleep breakfast toy
Ο breakfast Ο toy Ο sleep
13. Which word correctly completes the sentence?
Carrie _____ sick at school yesterday.
Ο is Ο are Ο was
14. Which word best completes this sentence?
_______ are you going home?
Ο What Ο Why Ο Will
15. Which word in this sentence needs a capital letter?
I am going to billy’s party.
Ο billy’s Ο party Ο going
16. Which word is a noun?
Ο take Ο book Ο sad
17. Which word best completes this sentence?
The ______ has five balloons.
Ο clowns Ο clown Ο clowned
18. Which of the following is a complete sentence?
Ο Brandon his three birds. Ο Laura likes her new puppy. Ο Kim and Randy twins.
19. Which word best completes this sentence?
Susie _____ in the first grade.
Ο are Ο be Ο is
Section 2
This is a test to show how well you understand language skills.
Read each question carefully. Darken the circle next to the correct
answer.
1. Which word best completes this sentence?
Did you see the ________ flowers?
Ο cat Ο went Ο pretty
2. Which word in this sentence needs a capital letter?
the little green truck is mine.
Ο mine Ο the Ο truck
3. Which punctuation mark should go at the end of this sentence?
Look at that big green snake ___
Ο ? Ο . Ο !
4. Which word best completes this sentence?
The _____ climbed the tall tree.
Ο go Ο went Ο cat
5. Which word would come first if the words were in alphabetical order?
test pencil red
Ο pencil Ο red Ο test
6. Which of the following is a complete sentence?
Ο Can you see the rainbow? Ο Like to draw pictures. Ο Making a good grade.
7. Which word best completes this sentence?
I like to climb ____ trees.
Ο tall Ο street Ο grow
8. Which punctuation mark should go at the end of this sentence?
Lizzie has a new baby sister __
Ο ? Ο . Ο !
9. Which word in this sentence needs a capital letter?
My birthday party is on december 10th.
Ο December Ο birthday Ο party
10. Which word is spelled correctly?
Ο took Ο jumpt Ο grean
11. Which word correctly completes the sentence?
Our ____ is broken.
Ο dance Ο computer Ο eating
12. Which of the following is a complete sentence?
Ο I outside this morning. Ο We saw the snow falling. Ο Timmy his watch.
13. Which word correctly completes the sentence?
Shelby has a _____ balloon.
Ο ride Ο kind Ο green
14. Which word is a noun?
Ο toothbrush Ο wash Ο yellow
15. Which word in this sentence needs a capital letter?
Mrs. waller wants to take us ice skating.
Ο us Ο waller Ο skating
16. Which word best completes this sentence?
Mike ____ a dime on the sidewalk.
Ο finded Ο found Ο find
17. Which of the following is a complete sentence?
Ο I cleaned my room. Ο Susie’s furry yellow cat. Ο Looking at the picture.
18. Which word best completes this sentence?
Brenda ____ her Aunt Billie at the store.
Ο see Ο saw Ο seen
19. Which word is spelled correctly?
Ο helpid Ο toez Ο quarter
20. Which word would come first if the words were in alphabetical order?
elephant tiger dinosaur
Ο tiger Ο dinosaur Ο elephant
21. Which word is spelled correctly?
Ο babie Ο happy Ο haer
22. Which of these is a complete sentence?
O He sat down. O Susan and her fat, old cat. O Running across the park.
23. Which punctuation mark should go at the end of this sentence?
Watch out for that snake
O ? O ! O ,
24. Which word best completes this sentence?
Kathy rode her bike ___ the store.
Ο with Ο to Ο at


Answers to Language Testing Practice
Level 1
1. .
2. We
3. bird
4. ?
5. teacher
6. many
7. I
8. purple
9. likes
10. with
11. I saw a little puppy.
12. breakfast
13. was
14. Why
15. Billy’s
16. book
17. clown
18. Laura likes her new puppy.
19. is
Level 2
1. pretty
2. The
3. !
4. cat
5. pencil
6. Can you see the rainbow?
7. tall
8. .
9. December
10.took
11.computer
12.We saw the snow falling.
13.green
14.toothbrush
15.Waller
16.found
17.I cleaned my room.
18.saw
19.quarter
20.dinosaur
21.happy
22.He sat down.
23.!
24.to

““My House””
Directions: Read the story. Then answer the questions below.

My house is in the United States. I live in the United States.
The United States is a country. I like living in the US.
My house is in North Carolina. I live in North Carolina.
North Carolina is a state. The weather in NC is nice.
It is sunny. The sky is blue.
My house is in Chapel Hill. I live in Chapel Hill.
Chapel Hill is a city. It is a city on a hill.
My house is red. My house is brick.
I live in a red brick house.

Questions:
1)) What is the United States?
A. a city
B. a state
C. a country

2)) What is North Carolina?
A. a city
B. a state
C. a country

3)) What is Chapel Hill?
A. a city
B. a state
C. a country

4)) How is the weather in Chapel Hill?
A. rainy
B. sunny
C. cloudy

5)) What is the house made of?
A. wood
B. brick
C. metal

6)) What color is the house?
A. red
B. blue
C. yellow

7)) What is a hill?
A. a forest
B. a large river
C. a small mountain