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Exercise 34. Put the verbs in brackets into the required past tense, pay attention to the Sequence of Tenses.

1. She (hear) the band playing and she (know) that in a few moments the curtain (go) up. 2. Myra (think) he (prefer) to be by himself. 3. I (hear) from your mother that you (be) late and so I (order) coffee and sandwiches. 4. Mrs. Streep (ask) him if he (have) dinner there. 5. The old man (ask) me if I (have) parents. 6. He (be) very sorry for Jennie, and he (tell) his wife that he (have) to go out and see her. 7. And the other day I (have) a letter from him saying he (be) in Moscow soon. 8. I (say) I (be) by nine o’clock. 9. You (promise) you (try) to persuade him to stay on for a bit. 10. In a few words I (tell) him what (happen). 11. She (ask) me if I (live) long in that town. 12. When I (ring) her that evening she (say) she (not like) to discuss those problems on the phone. 13. That evening she (tell) me she (be) at the hotel room, and about half past eight I (dial) that number, but there (be) no answer. 14. I (put) the papers back where they (belong). 15. He (write) that he (come) to lunch the following day.


Exercise 35. Put the verbs in brackets into the required tense.

I.One night Mrs. Jouce Bowels (drive) her car from Winchester to Chilcomb with a friend of the family, Mr. Ted Pratt. Suddenly they (see) an orange light in the sky. The car (start) to shake & Mrs. Bowels couldn’t control it. Some unknown power (lift) it, then (push) it to the left, then (stop) the engine and (switch off) the lights. “It was then that we (see) a cigar-shaped object about 5 yards long. There (be) 3 figures inside,” said Mrs. Bowels. The 3 figures (be) the crew of the UFO. Mrs. Bowels said that she never (be) so frightened before. The alien crew (look) like ordinary people, but they (wear) silver clothes. Mrs. Bowels (be afraid) they (kill) by the aliens, but they only looked at the car instruments. Suddenly the lights (switch on) & they (shine) 4 times brighter than normal. Mrs. Bowels (want) to say “Thank you” but before she (open) her mouth the UFO and its crew already (disappear) into the night.


II.Dear Mum & Dad,

Just a quick note as I (be) in a tearing hurry. Guess what – I just (interview) by a journalist who (ask) me lots of questions about how I (get) on here in America. There (go) to be an article about me in the local paper. Fame at last! I (send) you a copy as soon as it (come) out. Anyway, the journalist (wonder) if I (enjoy) my stay & how long I (be) in the States. He also (ask) me a rather embarrassing question: “You (like) American food?” You know I can’t stand it! He also (want) to know why I (come) to the States & what I (remember) most & best about the country when I (come) back home. I (find) those questions difficult to answer as I only (be) here for 2 weeks. Don’t forget to show the article to everyone! Love, Andrew.


III.Harry got a letter from his friend Jack. Jack (have) a week’s holiday in a camp. He invited Harry to join him if he (be) free at the weekend. Harry (catch) the five o’clock train. But he (leave) all his things behind. He (think) he (borrow) what he needed from Jack. On the train Harry (run) into a strange man. He remembered that he (see) the man’s face on television as the police (look) for him. Harry (keep) watching the man during the trip. When the train (pull) at the station, Jack (wait) for his friend Harry. Harry called the policeman & they (catch) the man. He (send) to prison. Harry (feel) very proud about his adventure.


IV.Dear Keith, I am sorry I haven’t written for such a long time, but it (take) me ages to finish my school leaving examinations. It’s finally over! Since finishing my examinations I (try) to decide what to do next. I (think) about going abroad for a year or two, but I (not make up) my mind yet. Actually, I (think) about entering Vilnius University too, but then I (meet) Rokas, my cousin. He (come) from the library. He (study) there for 8 hours. He said he (want) to enter the University. But I (not can) sit in the libraries for hours. Now I (think) about applying for a job. That’s it for now. Hope all is well. Thomas.


V. On the Plantation.

Edward (sleep) for an hour. When he (wake up), he saw two women sitting by his bed. One of them (have) long black hair and large beautiful eyes. It was Aurore. The other woman was Eugenie. “I (be) so happy that you (be) much better,” Eugenie (say). “I am thankful to you that you (save) my life.” “The doctor (say) you soon (be) well again.” The two women (go) away. Edward (lie) in his bed thinking about them. He (understand) that Eugenie was only a good friend to him. But Aurore! His feelings (say) that he (fall) in love with her.


VI. On a Train.

It was Sunday. The suburban trains (overcrowd). A gentleman (walk) along the platform. He (look) for a place. Suddenly he (see) a vacant seat in one of the compartments. A small bag lay on that seat and a well-dressed gentleman (sit) beside it. “Is this seat vacant?” (ask) the gentleman. “No it (occupy) by my friend, he (come) in a minute. He (go) to buy cigarettes.” “Well,” (say) the gentleman, “I (sit) here till he (come).” Ten minutes (pass). “Your friend (miss) the train if he (not to hurry),” the gentleman (say). “Yes,” nervously (reply) the other. The train started, but nobody (come). “Your friend (be) late,” said the gentleman, “but let him not lose his bag at least,” and with these words he (take) the bag and (throw) it out of the window. The well-dressed gentleman (try) to catch the bag but it (be) too late. It (be) his own bag and he (occupy) the second seat because he (want) to be comfortable.


VII. Pleasing Everybody.

Since an old man and his son wanted to sell their donkey at the town market far away from their home, they had to take the animal to the town. They hardly (leave) their home when a neighbour called to them. “Why you (walk) when you have a donkey?” he asked. The old man (put) his son on the donkey while he continued to lead. They (be) about halfway to town when three women standing by the side of the road scolded the boy. “You should be ashamed of yourself, riding when your father (have) to walk,” one of the women said. “You (be) right, I guess,” the old man said. “Let me get on behind you, son.” They almost (reach) the town when a group of villagers began laughing at them. “You should be carrying that poor beast, instead of making him carry both of you.” So the old man and his son (get down) and (tie) the animal to a pole so that they (can) carry it. But as they (cross) the bridge near the marketplace, the donkey (kick) loose from the pole and (fall) into the stream and (drown). “Our donkey (be) dead now, and it should teach us,” the old man said sadly to his son. “If we hadn’t tried to please everybody our donkey would have been alive,” he added. “Whenever we try to please everyone, we (lose).”


VIII. A Letter.

Dear David, I (write) this letter to you to keep you updated as to what we (do). When we (speak) last month I was working at Mountain bell. Since then I (start) my own business. Basically, this is why I am writing. I (excite) about the growth that we (experience). In fact, we (expand) this programme since the very beginning and we (reach) 20,000 dollars per month. David, I have no idea if you (satisfy) with your standard of living. I also (not know) if you (pay) at present what you are worth, but this opportunity (give) us everything we ever (dream) about. I fully (understand) that this opportunity (not be) for everyone. But you (be) just the person to work in this program. Please, study the information we already (send) to you and the details we (send) in this letter. Please, give us a call so that we can answer any questions that you (have) after you have studied everything. If we didn’t think of you as of an ideal candidate for this programme, we wouldn’t have sent you this information. We (look) forward to hearing from you in the nearest future. All the best, Chris Edersberg.


IX. Fire on the Laconia.

On December 19th, 1963, the cruise ship LACONIA (leave) Southampton docks. It was a big ship with about 650 passengers and a crew of about 300 on board. People who (book) for the cruise (tell) by the adverts that this (be) “a holiday you never (forget)”. Three days after the cruise (begin), at half past eleven in the evening, the passengers (hear) the news that the ship was on fire, but that was nothing serious. At first nobody (panic), but people on the decks soon saw that the members of the crew (unfasten) life boats for an emergency. At half past twelve the passengers (instruct) to leave their cabins and get in the lifeboats quickly. People (terrify). Some fell into the sea as the crowded boats (hit) the sides of the ship on their way down. All through the night they (ride) on the 15-foot waves of the rough Atlantic until they (pick up) next morning by helicopters and rescue boats. If the cruise manager hadn’t ordered the passengers to get into the lifeboats in time, 128 people would have died.


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