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An Embarrassing Incident

One day last summer I was walking through the local park. It was a hot day and I was eating an ice cream. As I was walking past the boating lake, I saw my friends, Carol and Jim. They were taking their dog for a walk. When we met, we stopped for a chat. While we were talking, the dog suddenly jumped up and tried to get my ice cream. I pulled my hand away and unfortunately the ice-cream came out of the cone. Now there was a bald man behind me. The poor man wasn’t doing any harm. He was just sitting on a bench and reading a newspaper. Well, when I pulled my hand away, the ice cream flew through the air and it landed on the man’s head. I didn’t know whether to laugh or to cry. When I looked at my friends, they weren’t just laughing, they were in hysterics. But I was terribly embarrassed.


Model: Where was the girl walking one day? – She was walking through the park.

1. What was she eating?

2. Who was taking a dog for a walk?

3. Was a bald man sitting on a bench or walking along the road?

4. The poor man wasn’t doing any harm, was he?

5. I wonder why Carol and Jim were laughing?


Ex. 2.Open the brackets.

Model: When we arrived, she still (make) dinner.

When we arrived, she was still making dinner.


1. This morning was really beautiful. The sun (shine), the birds (sing) and everyone in the street (smile) and (say) hello to each other.

2. Mrs Patrik looked beautiful last night. She (wear) a lovely evening dress

3. While I (have) a bath the telephone rang.

4. While we (walk) in the park it began to rain.

5. The wind (blow) and the rain (beat) down. John (stand) at the bus stop shivering. He (try) to imagine being at home sitting by a warm fire. Finally he saw the lights of the bus which (approach) from the distance.

6. At 3 o’clock yesterday a geometry lesson (go) on. The teacher (draw) diagrams on the blackboard but I (look) through the window and heard nothing. I (think) about the coming New Year’s party.

7. She promised not to report me to the police but ten minutes later I saw that she (talk) with a policeman and from the expression on his face I understood that she (tell) him about me.

8. The dentist’s waiting room was full of people. Some (read) magazines, others just (turn) over the pages. A woman (knit), a child (play) with a toy car. Everybody (wait) for the nurse to say. ‘Next, please’.

9. I lit the fire at 6.00 and it (burn) brightly when Jane came in.

10. – The house next to yours was full of policemen and police dogs yesterday. – What they (do)? – I heard that they (look) for drugs.


Self Check

Ex. 3.Choose the proper tense form: the Past Continuous or the Past Indefinite.

1. While he rode/was riding in the forest he lost/was losing his way.

2. When I arrived/was arriving, the party was in full swing. Paul danced/was dancing with Mary, and Pat and Peter drank/were drinking champagne.

3. When I finished/was finishing the ironing, I cooked/was cooking dinner.

4. How fast did they travel/were they travelling when their car had/was having a puncture.

5. A police car passed/was passing us on the motorway when we did/were doing 80 miles per hour.

6. I took/was taking a photograph of him while he ate/was eating an ice-cream.

7. I’m sorry I woke/was waking you. What were you dreaming/did you dream about?

8. What did you do/were you doing when I phoned/was phoning you last night? There was no reply.

9. Two burglars broke into the house while we watched/were watching television.

10. I found my lost key when I looked for/was looking for my passport.

11. I was having/had a beautiful dream when the alarm clock rang.

12. It was a fine day when we left/were leaving the house that day. A light snow fell/wasfalling and a light wind was blowing/blew from the south-west. We were pleased that it wasn’t raining/didn’t rain.


Ex. 4. a) Open the brackets using the Past Continuous or the Past Indefinite.

An American who (visit) Russia (want) to go on a wild bear hunt and (pay) a lot of money for the sport. The travel agent (take) the American to Moscow’s Peredelkino Forest. Suddenly, he (see) a bear, and (decide) to get closer because he (hope) to shoot it. A postman, who (ride) past on his bicycle, (fall) off in surprise when he (spot) the bear. The bear (come) over to the bicycle, (pick) it up and (ride) off. In fact it (not to be) a wild bear at all. It (perform) at the local circus. The bear (escape), the postman (lose) his bicycle and the American (ask) for his money back.


b) Open the brackets using the Past Indefinite, the Past Continuous or the Present Continuous.

New York. May 4. There (be) a bank robbery in the downtown financial district. Just before closing time a man (enter) the Wall Street branch of Chase Manhattan Bank. He (carry) a shotgun and (wear) a nylon stocking over his head. There (be) only a few customers in the bank at the time. He (make) them lie on the floor and (force) a teller to put money into a sack. As he (leave), a security guard (try) to ring the alarm. The robber (shoot) him and the guard is now in hospital. Surgeons (try) to save his life. Last night the police (arrest) a man on. The police (interrogate) the man who was arrested last night.


Ex. 5. Open the brackets. Render the text. Think and say what moral of this story is.

The Bald Knight

Once upon a time, a long time ago, there (be) a knight who, as he (grow) older, (lose) all his hair. He (become) as bald as an egg. He (not to want) anyone to see his bald head so he (buy) a beautiful black, curly wig.

One day some lords and ladies from the castle (invite) him to go hunting with them, so of course he (put) his beautiful wig! How handsome I look! He (think) to himself as he (dress) in front of his mirror. Then he (set) off happily for the forest.

However a terrible thing (happen). He (to ride) along singing merrily to himself when he (pass) under an oak tree, and his wig (catch) on a branch and (fall) off in full view of everyone. How they all (laugh) at him! At first the poor knight (feel) very foolish but then he (see) the funny side of the situation, and he (start) laughing, too.

They all still (laugh) when they (arrive) back at the castle. The knight never (wear) his wig again.

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