In these texts, use one of the following tenses for the verb in brackets: present simple, present continuous, past simple, past continuous. Where alternatives are possible, think about any difference in meaning or emphasis.
A A: John (not looking) well these days. Is he okay?
B: Apparently, he (not sleep) well just now, although he usually (sleep) really soundly.
A: Sounds like something (worry) him.
B: Well, that's part of the problem. You (know) that he (work) for Tardown, the engineers, don't you?
A: Yes, ever since he (leave) university.
B: That's right. Well, at the moment he (work) on a major road-building scheme in Liverpool, so he (drive) up there every day, which (take) a couple of hours each way. And on top of that, he (suffer) from a cold and (have) difficulty breathing.
B Concern (mount) for the safety of two British climbers who (miss) in the Andes. Their three companions, all French, (raise) the alarm when the climbers (fail) to arrive back at their base camp two days ago. It (now become) clear that a number of avalanches (hit) the area last week, and local experts (blame) these on the very warm weather conditions for the time of year.
C Alex (work) in the accounts department when I (become) advertising manager at the firm. At first I (find) him to be very efficient, but after a while his work (start) to deteriorate. He (forever lose) important documents and (make) excuses when there were delays. The final straw was when he (spend) three weeks on a piece of work that should have taken only a day or so. By the time he (finish), I (feel) pretty annoyed and (complain) to the managing director.
DI (buy) a new alarm clock the other day in Taylor's the jewellers, when I actually (see) somebody shoplifting. I'd just finished paying for my clock and as I (turn) round, an elderly woman (slowly put) a silver plate into a bag that she (carry). Then she (walk) over to another part of the shop and, when she (think) that nobody (look), she (put) an expensive-looking watch into the bag. Before I (have) a chance to tell the staff in the shop, she (notice) that I (watch) her and (hurry) out. Unfortunately for her, two police officers (walk) past just at that moment and she (run) straight into them.
Present and past; simple and perfect tenses
Fill the gaps with an appropriate verb using one of the following tenses: present simple, present perfect, past simple, past perfect. Give alternative tenses where they can be used. Sometimes various verbs are possible.
A A French engineer an urban car that only on compressed air. The latest version of the ZP car - ZP for 'Zero Pollution- a small family saloon. It a top speed of about 100 kmh and for 10 hours. That a better performance than any electric car currently in production.
BCockroach' the name given to one of the most successful of all animal groups. Fossils that they little in appearance in 320 million years, and today about 25 species world-wide distribution.
C For many years now, Carmen a card to me on my birthday. However, this year I one from her, so I her in Brazil to check that she was okay. It out that she her address book.
D We (only just) breakfast when Derek to take us to the airport. He really to be late. In fact, last week he to the dentist over an hour before the time of his appointment.
E Before they in the match last Saturday, Redfern Town every cup final they (ever) in.