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C. TUG-OF-WAR WITH A HEDGEHOG

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I. Give question tags.

l. Nothing matters now, .................? 2. I am a fool, ………….......? 3. You didn't know I was an artist, ...................? 4. There was nobody in the room, ……...…..? 5. Nick hasn't got a flat of his own, ..................? 6. That was Ann on the phone, ....................? 7. He has to travel to find work, ...................? 8. The children were playing in the garden from 2 till 4, …………..…? 9. Bill put the money in the bank, .......................?10. He used to eat raw fish, ……………..?

II. Use the "wh-words" to make questions from the following sentences.

1. We have a lot of money in the bank. - ……………………………………………………….

2. It was hisidea to go swimming. - ……………………………………………………………

3. My aunt Nelly is coming on Friday.- ………………………………………………………………

4. Nick'swife works in the maths department. - ………………………………………………..

5. John arrived at about eight. - ………………………………………………………………..

6. We usually spend the winter at Aunt Meg’s house. - …………………………………………

7. My grandfather usually has a walk before going to sleep. - …………………………………..

III. Choose the correct tense-form of the verbs.

1. Mary met her husband while she worked/was working/used to work in the States.

2. Why does Warren keep shouting at people? He wasn't/wasn't being/didn't use to be so bad-tempered.

3. How long is it since you had/were having/used to have a holiday?

4. The government provided/were providing/used to provide much more help for disabled people than they do now.

5. It's all very well complaining you haven't any money, but while you were travelling around the world, I studied/was studying/used to study sixteen hours a day for my exams.

6. The only time I ever rode/was riding/used to ride a horse, I fell/was falling/used to fall off in the first five minutes.

IV. Use the Past Simple/Continuous. Note the cases where both forms are possible.

A.

l. He ……………. (sit) on the bank fishing when he ……….... (see) a man's hat floating down the river. It …………. (seem) strangely familiar. 2. It ……….. (snow) heavily when he ……….. (wake) up. He ………… (remember) that Jack …….……. (come) for lunch and …………….. (decide) to go down to the station to meet him in case he ...…….. (lose) his way in the snowy lane. 3. When I ………….. (reach) the street I ………….. (realize) that I ………….... (not know) the number of Tom's house. I ……… (wonder) what to do about it when Tom himself ……..… (tap) me on the shoulder. 4. As the goalkeeper …………….. (run) forward to seize the ball, a bottle ……...…. (strike) him on the shoulder. 5. Most of the boys …………. (listen) to the teacher but a few ……………. (whisper) to each other, and Tom ………… (read) a history book. Tom …………… (hate) mathematics; he always ……… (read) history during his mathematics lesson. 6. Everyone ……………. (read) quietly when suddenly the door …………. (burst) open and a complete stranger ..……… (rush) in. 7. My neighbour …………. (look) in last night and …...…… (say) that he ……….…… (leave) the district and ………... (go) to Yorkshire, to a new job. I ………... (say) that I …..…. (be) very sorry that he …………. (go) and …….. (tell) him to write to me from Yorkshire and tell me how he ……………… (get) on. 8. They …….……….. (build) that bridge when I …… (be) here last year. They haven't finished it yet. 9. The dentist's waiting room was full of people. Some …………. (read) magazines, others just ………..... (turn) over the pages. A woman ………… (knit), a child ……..……. (play) with a toy car. Suddenly the door …………. (open) and the nurse …….…. (say) „Next, please“. 10. Peter …….. (tell) me yesterday that he ……….. (make) his own $5 notes. – Don't believe him. He just …………. (pull) your leg. 11. A traffic warden just …………... (stick) a parking ticket to my windscreen when I ………... (come) back to the car. I …..…….. (try) to persuade him to tear it up, but he ………….. (refuse). 12. Ann works in the branch where the big robbery …..…….. (take) place. – She actually ……... (work) there at the time of the raid? 13. When Ann ………..... (say) that she …………. (come) to see me the next day, I ………....…. (wonder) what flowers she would bring. She always brings flowers.14. Colin Boyle was born in 1973 near Dublin, Ireland. In 1983 he ………… (become) seriously ill. While he ……………. (recover) his uncle ………….. (give) an old violin. He ………..… (enjoy) playing and ……………. (practise) at his school every day after lessons.



B.

Peter and Ann …………. (decide) to redecorate their sitting-room themselves. They …...….. (choose) cream paint for the woodwork and apricot for the walls. When John …....…….. (look) to see how they …………..… (get) on, Ann ………………. (mix) the paint and Peter ……………. (wash) down the walls. They ……... (be) glad to see John and ….……… (ask) if he ………..…… (do) anything special that day. He hastily ………... (reply) he …………….…. (go) to the theatre and ……….. (go) away at once, because he ……… (know) they ..………….. (look) for someone to help them. They ………..… (begin) painting, but the walls ………. (be) too wet. While they …………… (wait) for the walls to dry, Ann …………. (remember) she ……. (have) a phone call to make. Peter ………… (start) painting while she ...……….. (telephone) and ……….. (do) a whole wall before Ann ……………. (come) back. He …………... (grumble) that she always ………….. (telephone). Ann ……………. (retort) that Peter always ………..…. (complain). They ………….. (work) in silence for some time. Just as they …………… (start) the third wall the door bell ……… (ring). It …….. (be) a friend of Peter's who ………….. (want) to know if Peter …………… (play) golf the following weekend. He ………….. (stay), talking to Peter in the hall while Ann ……..….. (go) on paintung. At last he ……… (leave). Peter ………… (return) expecting Ann to say something about friends who ………… (come) and ……......…. (waste) valuable time talking about golf. But Ann nobly …….... (say) nothing. Then Peter …………. (think) he would do the ceiling. He just ………...… (climb) the step ladder when the doorbell ……..…. (ring) again. Ann ……..… (say) she ……. (get) tired of interruptions but ……… (go) and ………… (open) the door. It ……. (be) the postman with a letter from her aunt Mary, saying she ………… (come) to spend the weekend with them and ………… (arrive) that evening at 6.30.

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C. TUG-OF-WAR WITH A HEDGEHOG

Mrs May, our District Nurse, …………. (drive) home at 3p.m. one night after an urgent visit to a sick patient. She ………. (drive) along a deserted country lane, when she …….… (see)a new kind of animal. She ………. (stop) her car and ….…….. (get) out. The animal …….. (be) clearly visible in the blaze of her headlights. It …….….. (look) like a hedgehog with a tall white hat. It …...… (cross) the road without paying any attention to Mrs May. When Mrs May ……….... (go) close to it, she ……… (notice) that there …….. (be) a plastic yoghurt pot on the hedgehog's head. The poor creature had got its head stuck in the plastic pot! Her instincts as a nurse …......... (tell) she would have to rescue it, so she ………. (pull) at the pot, but the hedgehog ……….. (pull), too. After a struggle, she …….… (pull) the pot off the hedgehog's head. Mrs May ………. (think) the hedgehog ……..… (look) rather sad, when she ………... (notice) that the pot was half full of strawberry yoghurt. She ……...…. (give) it back to the hedgehog. The creature ………. (seize) it, …..…… (put) it on its head again, and triumphantly ……. (continue) its journey across the road.


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