Difficult things take a long time. The impossible takes a little longer. (Anonymous)
The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet. (Aristotle)
Remember how the letter of application for entrance to a university is written. Write your own one.
I. Fill in was or were.
1. She ill last week.
2. They good neighbours.
3. We at the concert on Sunday.
4. My favourite subject at school French.
5. I in St. Petersburg five years ago.
II. Put the verbs in brackets into the correct form of the past simple, as in the example.
A: What 1) ...did you do... (you/do) last weekend?
B: I 2) (spend) the weekendcamping in the mountains.
A: Really! 3) (be) the weather nice?
B: No, it 4) (rain) every day.
A: Where did Sally go yesterday afternoon?
B: She 1) (go) to hospital.
B: She 2) (slip) on a watermelonskin and 3) (break) her leg.
A: 1) (Bob and Sue/be) at Jeff's party last night?
B: No, I 2) (not/see) them, but Jim 3) (tell)me later that they 4) (be) onholiday.
III. Complete the sentences.
1. Did last night, Kevin? - Yes, I did. I slept very well.
2. Did George yesterday, Ben? - Yes, I did. I saw him at 7 oclock.
3. Did Julia on the way to the university? - No, I met her in the route taxi.
4. Did this magazine this morning? - Yes, I did. I read it after lunch.
5. Did you early this morning? - Yes, I did. I got up at 6.
6. Did you much in your childhood? - Yes, I did. I played a lot.
7. Did you to the principal yesterday? - Yes, I did. I spoke to him.
8. Did you chemistry at school? - Yes, I did. I liked it.
IV. Read and put the verbs in brackets in the past simple or past continuous.
Mrs. Forest (have a tea-party) yesterday. A lot of women (come) to her house that afternoon. She (get ready) for their coming.
The Forests sitting-room looked very nice. It was clean and there were bunches of pretty flowers in all the vases. The room was full of people. But some of the women on Mrs. Forest s list (not come) to her tea-party. Mrs. Gardener was going to London; Clara (sit) with her baby; Jane (expect) the phone call from the USA. But there were a lot of women in their sitting-room. There was a lot of noise. They all (talk) and they (not talk) quietly.
The women (eat) biscuits and cakes. They (drink) their tea. The cakes were tasty and all the guests (enjoy) the meal.
At 8 oclock p.m. the guests (leave) the house. They (say) good-bye and (thank) the hostess for a pleasant party.
VIII. Fill in the correct adjectives from the list. What is each paragraph about?