Lesson four. What a story?

What a story
√ World.
√ Politics.
√ News
√ Science
√ Business.
√ Health



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Unit 4
I Past continuous vs. simple past (page 23)
 

► Verbs for non-actions or states are rarely used in the past continuous: I wanted to stop, but I couldn't, (not: I was wanting to stop...)

Circle the best forms to complete the conversations.

1. A: How did you break /were you breaking your arm?

   B: It's a crazy story! Ramon and I rode / were riding our bikes in the park when a cat ran / was running out in front of me. I went / was going pretty fast, so when I tried / was trying to stop, I went / was going off the road and fell / was falling.

  A: That's terrible! Did you go / Were you going to the hospital after it happened / was happening?

  B: Yes. Luckily, we weren't / weren't being too far from City Hospital, so we went / were going there.

 

2. A: You'll never guess what happened / was happening to me this morning!

   B: What?

   A: Well, I brushed / was brushing my teeth when suddenly the water went / was going off. I had / was having toothpaste all over my mouth, and I couldn't wash it out.

   B: So what did you do/ were you doing?

   A: Fortunately, I had / was having a big bottle of water in the refrigerator, so I used / was using that water to rinse my mouth.







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II Past perfect (page 25)



► Use the past perfect to show that one past action happened before another past action: I wasn't able to pay for lunch because I had left my wallet at work.



PAST____________________X______________________X_________________________NOW
                               had left                      wasn't able to pay

                              my wallet                                                                        

Combine the two ideas into one with a past event and a past perfect event. 

Use when or because.

1. The museum closed. A thief stole a famous painting earlier.

The museum closed because a thief had stolen a famous painting earlier.

2. We finished cleaning the house. Then our guests arrived.
3. Someone robbed my house yesterday. I left the window open.
4. There was no food in the house. We forgot to stop at the supermarket.
5. I called her three times. She finally answered.
6. I knew about the problem. Your brother told me about it.




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Unit 4 Keys:


I Past continuous vs. simple past

 

1. A: How did you break your arm?
   B: It's a crazy story! Ramon and I were riding our bikes in the park when a cat ran out in front of me. I was going pretty fast, so when I tried to stop, I went off the road and fell.
   A: That's terrible! Did you go to the hospital after it happened?
   B: Yes. Luckily, we weren't too far from City Hospital, so we went there.

 

2. A: You'll never guess what happened to me this morning!
   B: What?
   A: Well, I was brushing my teeth when suddenly the water went off. I had toothpaste all over my mouth, and I couldn't wash it out.
   B: So what did you do?
   A: Fortunately, I had a big bottle of water in the refrigerator, so I used that water to rinse my mouth.

 

II Past perfect
2. We had finished cleaning the house when our guests arrived.
3. Someone robbed my house yesterday because I had left the window open.
4. There was no food in the house because we had forgotten to stop at the supermarket.
5. I had called her three times when she finally answered.
6. I knew about the problem because your brother had told me about it.

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