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Use the verbs in brackets in the Past Simple or the Present Perfect.


1) They are not black in China, they are yellow.

Perhaps, that's why you (to get) so yellow yourself.

When I (to see) you I (to say) to myself, why, he (to get) jaundice.

2) Just fancy, he (not to be) here for more than fifty years. He (to see) never my George, who is fifty-one next birthday.

3) He (to be) a good-looking young fellow when he (to leave) but not so steady as his brother. But he probably (to quieten) down by now.

4) I'm glad to see you (to get) here safely, Mr. Meadows. He (to walk) here when he (to get) to the gate, he (to make) me stop the car and (to say) he (to want) to walk.

6 A Match the italicized modal verbs below to these meanings:

a) possibility

b) general advice

c) certainty

d) an expected action


1) You ought to know better than that, Emily, they are yellow.

2) Well, you might have regretted if you had married.

3) He was to arrive that afternoon.

4) At last they came to the conclusion that he must be dead.

6 Choose the right modal verb {must, may, ought to, be to) and use it in an appropriate form.

1) They_______ have remembered what they had felt then.

2) He was sure he _______see the house where he was born.

3) His great nephew ______ fetch him in his car.

4) Mrs. Meadows thought he ______have had a dozen black wives in his day.

5) They never doubted they ______ respect the master of the house Mrs. Meadows.

6) The author ________see the old man the next morning.

7) She thought because we had both been in China we _______have something in common.

8) "He_______ have quietened down by now," she says.

9) He said it very simply, as a man ________say, "I said I'd walk twenty miles and I've done it".

10) He _______have enjoyed his life.

7 Ask "do you think questions" as in the example:


Example: Who do you think is coming here today?

1) They deserved their happiness, (general)

2) Mrs. Meadows was the master of the house. (Who?)

3) They remembered what they had said to one another. (What?)

4) He didn't make a fortune. (Why?)

5) For the last ten years he had been living in the sailor's home. (Where?)

6) He would tell all the stories I wanted to hear. (What?)

7) Fate was kind to him. (general)

8) "I'm glad he came back," she said. (Why?)

Reading Comprehension and Discussion Tasks

1 Answer the following questions:

1) What was the farm like?

2) What kind of people lived in the house and farmed the land? What was their only boast?

3) Who was the master of the house? What did she look like? What was she like?

4) What was the story of George Meadows? Why had he gone to sea? How had he spent fifty years of his exile's life?

5) Why had the matron of the sailors' home written to them? How did Mrs. Meadows take the news?

6) What did the author see when he came to see them?

7) What did the old man look like?

8) How had he got to the house? Why was he proud he could walk?

9) Why was it strange to look at the old people, Emily Meadows and George Meadows?

10) Why had the old man never married?

11) Why hadn't he made a fortune?

12) Why did the author look at the old man with admiration and respect?

13) What did the author see when he came the next morning?

14) Why does the author say fate was kind to the old man?

15) What was Mrs. Meadows never quite sure of?


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