Inter1 U5 Simple Past

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Complete the sentences below with the correct form of the verb in the simple past.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Mary _____ (wake) up late yesterday.

    Explanation
    The sentence is in the past tense, and the subject "Mary" is singular. In the past tense, the verb "wake" needs to be conjugated to "woke" to agree with the subject. Therefore, the correct form of the verb is "woke."

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  • 2. 

    Because of that, she _____ (have) time to have breakfast.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "didn't have" or "did not have" because it is the negative form of the verb "have" in the past tense. The sentence is describing a situation where the person lacked the time to have breakfast.

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  • 3. 

    She just _____ (have) time to take a shower and get dressed quickly.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "had" because it is the past tense form of the verb "have" and is used to indicate that she had a limited amount of time to take a shower and get dressed quickly.

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  • 4. 

    When she was going to the bus stop, it _____ (start) to rain.

    Explanation
    When she was going to the bus stop, it started to rain. This implies that the action of rain beginning to fall coincided with the time when she was on her way to the bus stop.

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  • 5. 

    However, she _____ (have) an umbrella.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "didn't have" or "did not have". Both options are the negative forms of the verb "have" in the past tense. The sentence suggests that the person referred to in the sentence did not possess an umbrella.

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  • 6. 

    She _____ (get) soaking wet.

    Explanation
    soaking wet = very wet

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  • 7. 

    Mary _____ (want) to go back home and change clothes,

    Explanation
    The given sentence is in the past tense, and the subject "Mary" is singular. Therefore, the correct past tense form of the verb "want" to agree with the subject is "wanted."

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  • 8. 

    But she _____ (have) a very important meeting at 8 o'clock at work, and could not be late.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "had" because it is the past tense form of the verb "have" and is used to indicate an action or situation that occurred before another past event. In this sentence, the speaker is referring to a past event (the important meeting at 8 o'clock) that was scheduled before another past event (the time of speaking). Therefore, "had" is the appropriate verb form to use in this context.

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  • 9. 

    Mary usually _____ (go) to work by bus.

    Explanation
    Mary usually went to work by bus.

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  • 10. 

    But because of the meeting, she _____ (decide) to take a taxi.

    Explanation
    The sentence is in past tense and the subject "she" made a decision to take a taxi because of the meeting. Therefore, the correct verb form to use is "decided."

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  • 11. 

    Unfortunately, that _____ (be) a bad decision, 

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "was" because it agrees with the subject "that" and the past tense verb "be." The sentence is expressing regret or disappointment about a decision made in the past.

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  • 12. 

    Because _____ (there be) no taxis.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "there were." This is because the sentence is referring to a past situation where there were no taxis available. The phrase "there were" is used to indicate the existence or presence of something in the past tense.

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  • 13. 

    She _____ (wait) for more than thirty minutes for a taxi.

    Explanation
    The sentence is in the past tense, and the word "waited" is the past tense form of the verb "wait". It indicates that she waited for more than thirty minutes for a taxi in the past.

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  • 14. 

    Mary _____ (get) despereate.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "got" because it is the past tense form of the verb "get". The sentence is describing Mary becoming desperate in the past, so the past tense verb "got" is the appropriate choice.

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  • 15. 

    She _____ (want) to be late for the meeting.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "didn't want" or "did not want" because both forms are the negative past tense of the verb "want." In this sentence, the use of the negative form indicates that she had a desire or intention not to be late for the meeting.

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  • 16. 

    Mary finally _____ (arrive) at work at 8 eight.

    Explanation
    Mary finally arrived at work at 8 eight.

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  • 17. 

    But she _____ (find) anybody there, 

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "didn't find" or "did not find". This is because the sentence is in the past tense and requires the negative form of the verb "find". Both "didn't find" and "did not find" are correct and can be used interchangeably in this context.

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  • 18. 

    So she _____ (ask) the secretary, "Where is everybody?"

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "asked" because it is the past tense form of the verb "ask." In the given sentence, the subject "she" is asking a question to the secretary, making "asked" the appropriate verb choice.

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  • 19. 

    "_____ they _____ (call) you?"

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Didn't call" because it is the negative form of the past tense of the verb "call". In the given sentence, the word "they" indicates a plural subject, and the word "didn't" is the contraction of "did not" which is used to form the negative past tense. Therefore, "Didn't call" is the appropriate answer to complete the sentence.

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  • 20. 

    "No, they _____. What happened?"

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "didn't" or "did not". This is because the question is asking for the negative form of the verb "did". The word "didn't" is a contraction of "did not" and both forms are used to negate the action that occurred in the past. The phrase "What happened?" suggests that something unexpected or unknown occurred, emphasizing the need for a negative response.

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  • 21. 

    "Well," _____ (say) the secretary,

    Explanation
    The word "said" is the correct answer because it is the past tense form of the verb "say" and is used to indicate speech or direct quotations. In this sentence, the secretary is being quoted, so "said" is the appropriate word to use.

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  • 22. 

    "they _____ (cancel) the meeting because of the rain."

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "canceled". In this sentence, the verb "cancel" is used in the past tense to indicate that the meeting was not held due to the rain. The past tense form of "cancel" is "canceled".

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