IELTS grammar: Simple past tense and its exercise.

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Simple past tense is used in two situations:

1. To talk about single past completed actions.

2. To refer to a series of actions in sequence/ order of occurance.

For instance: The burgler broke into the house, opened the safe, stole jewellery and left.

Note parallelism (will publish an article on this soon) around ‘and’: all are in sequence and in past tense – broke, opened, stole, left.

Here’s a simple exercise to test your skills.

Fill in the blanks with appropriate words given below. You can give answers in comments section:

Allow; be; be; be; invent; increase; lay; mean; own; receive; replace; ride; take; walk.

(Note: the verb ‘be’ refers to was/were.)

The pace of change in the world of technology is amazing. It ……1……. (not) long ago that the postal service ……..2…… our only way to communicate over any distance. It ……..3……. days and sometimes weeks to receive letters from  within the same country. As a result the news in the letters ……….4……. already out of date when people ……….5……… them. In the workplace this ……6…….. that business was mostly conducted locally, over relatively short distances.

When Alexander Graham Bell ……..7…… the telephone in 1876, it ………8…… the foundation for the communication system we have today. The telephpne ………9……. two people to communicate instantly across a great distance. Eventually computers ……..10……. typewriter and dramatically …….11…….. the speed of our daily work life. Nowadays the internet is an essential part of every business.

However, it is not just communications that have changed. Only 50 years ago people ………12…….. (not) a car. People …..13…….. to work or ………14…… bicycle. Change in travel as well as the increased speed of communications have led to the global business world that we have today.

Please mention the answers in comment sections and our team will check and make corrections.

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2 Comments

  1. Suresh

    1. Was
    2.was
    3.take
    4. Mean
    5.invite
    6.was (dought)
    7.invented
    8. Laid
    9.allow
    10.replaced
    11.increased
    12. Own (daught)
    13.walked
    14.ride
    I have dought on 6and 12 questions.

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  2. eltecenglish

    Answers:

    1. Was
    2. Was
    3. Took (past form of take)
    4. Was
    5. Received
    6. Meant
    7. Invented
    8. Laid
    9. Allowed
    10. Replaced
    11. Increased
    12. Did not own
    13. Walked
    14. Rode

    If you have any questions please let me know.

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