EXERCISE: Past tenses

1. - Why are you so late?
- I couldn’t have come earlier, I [not finish] my work.

2. They wish they [help] the flood victims after the torrential rains. Soon after the disaster a lot of them died of diseases they caught from drinking polluted water.   

3. I don’t understand, you’ve got no money but you [go] shopping all afternoon.   

4. You’ll never believe it: when we were on holiday in the French Alps in July we saw an eagle, but it [fly] so high up, we couldn’t see it without our binoculars.   

5. He parked his car near the taxi rank to buy a loaf of bread and came back ten minutes later to discover that the police [tow] it away. He had to collect it from the compound and pay a fine. He wasn’t happy at all!   

6. When I arrived, I realized she already [leave].   

7. The prospective buyers were very surprised when they [hear] the boat was haunted.   

8. [you, eat ever] brown bread? Is it true that it’s better for the health?   

9. Her house looks bright. Yes, she [make] up her mind to have it painted four weeks ago.   

10. They [work] in their garden all the previous afternoon and the next day they had such bad backache that they couldn’t walk properly.   

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Analyse : Jean Schumacher   Réalisation informatique : Boris Maroutaeff
Dernière mise à jour : 13/09/2001