Unit 1



Simple Past

Tell me about your last vacation. Where did you go? What did you do?

What did you do for you last birthday?

Who was your first crush?

What was the last really difficult thing you had to do?

What did you eat for you last meal?

Who did you meet last week? What did you do together?

Tell me about what you did for the last 24 hours.

When was the last time you were really excited about something?

Tell me about where you lived as a child.

When was the last time you went to an amusement park? How was it?

What was the best meal you ate recently?

How did you come here?

When was the last time you went to a movie theater? What did you see?

Talk about the last time you were really scared.

Tell me about your best or worst school teacher.

What tech problems annoyed you recently?

What was your first TV like?

What are some events in the past that made you who you are?

What did your bedroom look like when you were a teenager?

What bands were popular when you were young?

When was the last time you were shocked?

What chores did you have to do when you were young?

Where did you hang out with your friends last? What did you do?

Who were some of your favorite sports stars in the past?

What did they play?

Why were they your favorite?

Name some of your country’s famous sports stars of the past.

Why were they famous?

What was your best memory from when you were a child?

What is your earliest memory?

Who was your childhood best friend?

What games did you like to play when you were a child?

What were some of your favorite toys?

Which was better for you: elementary school, junior high school or high school? Why?

Did you study hard in high school?

What kinds of food did you eat when you were a child? Do you eat the same things now?

What was your country like when you were a child?

Do you think the past was better than the present? Why or why not?

What were some of the benefits of living in the past?

Talk about your country’s past (100 years ago), how was the past different from the present:






Recreation (free time activities)




I/3 PAST SIMPLE VERB TO BEI Complete with was/ wasn’t/ were/ weren’t

1. I ________ in Canberra last spring and this yearI__________ in Rome.2. We _________ at school last Saturday and thisSunday we ___________ at home.3. Tina ______ at home yesterday, she ________ atwork.4. You ________ very busy on Friday, _________ you busy today?5. Jessica and Kimberly _________ late for school yesterday, in fact, they _________ always late.6. We _______ students in 1990, now we ________ teachers.7. He _________ in a hurry because there __________ a lot of traffic.8. Last night you ________ angry because yourgirlfriend __________ at home.9. My father ___________ at work yesterday becausehe ___________ on vacation.10. Trixi and Felix ______my cats, they died 5 yearsago.11. Susan and Betty __________ good friends whenthey ____________ at school.12. They _________ good at sports but they ________ good at maths 2 years ago.13. They like traveling, they ______ in London thisweek?14. It ___________ Sunday today, yesterday it _________ Saturday.15. I ___________ at home, I ___________ at thegym with some friends.16. We _______ with friends yesterday, we ________ alone.

II. Your friend was at a party at the house of a millionaire. Use items from the list to make sentences.delicious, luxurious, heart-shaped, by Picasso, old and ugly, interesting, young and beautiful,full of roses, very expensive, very polite, famous, antique
1. The millionaire was old and ugly.2. The millionaire’s wife __________________________ 3. The other guests _____________________________ 4. The servants ________________________________ 5. The house __________________________________ 6. The swimming pool ____________________________ 7. The furniture _______________________________ 8. The paintings ________________________________ 9. The gardens _________________________________ 10. The food __________________________________ 11. The wine ___________________________________ 12. The conversation _____________________________

III. Look at these pictures of Bob and Sue and complete the sentences below. Here are some useful words:babies,dark, energetic, friendly, generous, happy, healthy, poorpretty, smooth, thin, very intelligent, young
1. Bob and Sue are old now but then ______________young. 2. Bob and Sue aresad now but then __________ 3. Sue is fat now but then _____________ 4.They are often ill now but then ____________ 5. Their skin is wrinkled nowbut then ____________ 6. They are often angry now but then_____________ 7. Their hair is grey now but then ____________ 8. They are often tired nowbut then _______________ 9. Sue is forgetful now but then _____________10. Bob and Sue are rich now but then _____________ 11.They are mean now but then ______________12. Their children are adults nowbut then _____________ 13. Sue is ugly now but then ______________.

IV. Write the questions for these answers:
1.______________________________________?He was born in 1916.2.______________________________________?It was sunny and hot.3.______________________________________?She was bad tempered and grumpy.4.______________________________________?I was with my sister.5.______________________________________?They were at the beach last summer.6.______________________________________?



PAST SIMPLE.Reading comprehension
Ben’s day.

When I woke up this morning, I found my dog, Fox, waiting for me. Hewanted me to take him for a walk. I was too hungry, so first I had breakfast.I had a glass of milk and a piece of toast. Then I washed my teeth and puton a track-suit and a heavy coat, because it was really cold outside. Fox wasalready impatient. We both went out, and walked to the park near home. Heran and jumped, and pursued some passers-by. He also destroyed some pieces of furniture somebody left on the road. I sat on a bench all the time,wishing I could be inside my warm bed. When my hands were frozen, Idecided it was time to go back home. Fox didn’t want to, but I pulled hardand I managed to take him back. When we arrived at the front door, Irealized I didn’t have my keys with me, so we stayed out in the cold formore than an hour! Fox was happy, but I was late for work!
1.Write all the verbs you find in the past simple tense. Which of them are regular? Which are irregular? Write the infinitive of the irregular verbs.

2.Answer the questions:

a.Who was happy to stay outside?
b.What did Ben do in the park?
c.What did Fox do in the park?
d.What did Ben have for breakfast?
e.What was the weather like?f.What was Ben wearing?
g.When did Ben decide it was time to go home?

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