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Past Simple - exercises

Put the correct forms of the verbs into the gaps. Use Simple Past in the statements

  1. They ______something to drink. (order)
  2. Last summer I ________to Stuttgart. (go)
  3. She_______her homework in the afternoon. (do)
  4. He______ to 10. (count)
  5. Our cat______a big mouse. (catch)
  6. In 2011 our class_______a trip to Norwich. (go)
  7. The weather _______really nice. (be)
  8. ____your brother____hello to people in the street? (say)
  9. ____the ladies ____a cup of tea in the cafe? (have)
  10. The secretary_______the file yesterday. (delete)
  11. Paul_____nothing to me. (say)
  12. ____your mother____breakfast last morning?(make)
  13. The people ________something to each other. (whisper)
  14. ____the teacher___the windows in your classroom?(open)
  15. They_______ at their bags. (look)
  16. My parents ______(not/look) after the children.
  17. Where_______(be) my pencil?
  18. Some students___________(not/want) to take the exams.
  19. Why________(be) you so angry with me yesterday?
  20. They___________(not/eat) spaghetti.
  21. Susan_______(cook) dinner.
  22. Pupils in our class_______(be) very late.
  23. Our boss_______(give) us some new tasks to do.
  24. Where_____you_____(go) yesterday?
  25.  My dog______(be) outside few minutes ago.


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Used to/Get used to/Be used to

‘used to + infinitive’ and ‘be/get used to’
‘used to + infinitive’ and ‘be/get used to’ Students have difficulties in making distinction between used to + infinitive and be/get used to + ‘ing’ form because they look similar. As a matter of fact, they are totally different.

‘used to + infinitive’

Used to is for things that happened in the past and have no connectivity to present:

Peter used to smoke three cigarettes a day. My boyfriend used to drink a lot of coffee during sleepless nights. Sarah and her mother used to go out for a walk every day. Negative form is ( odrični oblik je) : didn't ( did not) use to: I didn't use to smoke before.
Question form is (upitni oblik je) : Did she (subject)  use to..? Did she use to drink a lot of coffee?

As you may guess you can not use 'used to' in the present. To talk about present habits we use the present simple and an adverb of frequency (usually, always, often, never, etc.)

e.g. I often eat at the Japanese restaurant in the city c…