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PAST SIMPLE

Remember: You use the Past Simple to talk about finished events in the past and events in a finished
past period of time. The time of the action is usually stated.
A. Complete the sentences with the correct form of the Past Simple.
1. They _________________ (fly) to Spain yesterday to go to Sonar, one of the most prestigious
festivals in Barcelona.
2. They _________________ (not have) time to watch all the bands but they _________________ (see)
most of the stunning performances concerning electronic music.
3. _________________ Joo _______________ (go) to Rock in Rio last year?
4. No, he _____________. His parents _____________ (take) him to Alive in Lisbon.
B. Write the sentences in the negative.
1. He bought the ticket for the concert online. _________________________________
2. It was cheap. ____________________________________________________________
3. He drove to the venue to find cheaper offers. ________________________________
4. He arrived on time as he took the car. ______________________________________
5. They had lots of tickets left. _______________________________________________
6. He watched all the concerts of his favourite bands. ___________________________
C. Write an email to a friend using the prompts below.
1. This summer/ I / go / Serbia / group
of friends.
2. We / stay / camping site / a week /
and we / attend / Exit festival.
3. On / first day / we / see / some /
awesome / performances.
4. We / also / visit / lots of / interesting
places but we / not go / on the river
cruise.
5. We / be / too tired.
6. We / meet / famous singers / when /
we / be / next / the stage.
7. We / not / ask / for autographs.
8. We / have / great time.

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PRESENT PERFECT
Remember: You use the Present Perfect to express events in the past connected to the present. The time
of the action is not usually mentioned.
A. Complete the sentences with the correct form of the Present Perfect.
1. They __________________________ (already / buy) the tickets for the concert.
2. They ______________ ____________(never / go) to an event like that.
3. His friends _______________________ (not / see) their favourite band yet.
4. _________________ they _________________ (decide) to go camping?
5. We ___________________________
6. Rachel
7. How long
8. Ben and Alex
9. Mr Brown
10.

(not / drink) anything and its really hot here!

________ (never / stay) at a five star hotel. Its too expensive.


_______(Alice / be) abroad as an exchange student?
_____(not / tidy) up their tent since they arrived.
____(just / arrive) from holiday at a wild campsite.

____________________ (ever / you / write) an article for a school newspaper?

B. Write sentences using the Present Perfect.


1. The campers / just / arrive / from the festival.
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2. You / ever / go / to Glastonbury?
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3. She / not write / an email / yet.
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4. We / already / decide / where / to go.
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5. How long / they / stay / there?
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C. Rewrite the following sentences without changing the meaning. Use the words in brackets.
a. My father works in a restaurant. He started working there when he was 20. (since)
My father

he was 20.

b. My best friend Sophie arrived from Spain a moment ago. (just)


My

from Spain.

c. My brother went to London two months ago. Hes still there. (be / for)
My brother
d. Brooke joined a debating society in 2010. (be / since)
Brooke

two months.
2010.

e. Its a long time since James became an active citizen. (be / for)
James

a long time.

PAST SIMPLE OR PRESENT PERFECT

A. Write the time words / expressions below in the right column.


for

yesterday
ever
in 2010
since
already
yet
last year
last weekend
Past Simple

two days ago


this month
Present Perfect

Past Simple or Present Perfect? In each sentence circle the right verb form.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.

My best friend has gone / went to NOS Alive this summer.


He has sent / sent an email last weekend.
I have never been / never was to southwest England.
But I saw / have seen lots of YouTube videos of Glastonbury festival. Its amazing!
My friend has collected / collected thousands of posters of his favourite bands for the past five years.
I was really surprised when I saw / have seen them yesterday.

C. Complete the sentences with the correct form of the verbs in the Past Simple or
Present Perfect.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

I think we should move forward The concert _________________________ (already / start).


She ____________________________________ (become) a singer in 2001.
We ___________________________ _____ (meet) our friends near the camping site before the concert.
____________________________________ (they / ever / stay) awake all night long?
They ____________________________ (be) so tired that they left long before the closing time.

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