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1 Put yourself to the test (1) 1 Completa la telefonata con il past simple del verbo be alla forma corretta. Lucinda Hello? Helena Hi, Lucinda. This is Helena. Lucinda Hi, Helena. How s it going? Helena Fine. Hey, Joe and I stopped by your house last night, but you (1) there. Or (you) (2) asleep? Lucinda Actually, I (3) home last night. I (4) at the theatre. Helena (5) you alone? Lucinda Uh, no. I (6) with... someone. The musical (7) great. Really exciting. Helena Really! What musical (it) (8)? Lucinda Sister Act. 2 Scegli tra past simple e present simple. I have breakfast at home on Sundays. (have / had) 1 Last night there was an exciting thriller on TV but I comedies. (prefer / preferred) 2 you have a shower this morning? (do / did) 3 I m a bit worried. She not come round yesterday evening. (did / does) 4 When he born? (is / was) 5 I m a good driver now because my driving instructor excellent. (is / was) 6 I usually (went / go) on holiday in Europe, but last year I to Japan. (went / go) 7 He never (takes / took) the bus, but yesterday he. (does / did) 3 Leggi gli appunti e completa il resoconto pm John walks into living room. Sue and Martie playing cards. Billy reading suddenly all hear gunshot. Run outside 6.37 see injured person on ground. Sue and Martie try to help the person. Billy phones police. John starts looking for gunman 6.40 Billy realizes John not there, starts to look for him with Sue 6.45 police arrive. Billy and Sue hear car, return to injured person and Martie 6.47 realise Martie not there 6.48 while reporting events to police, hear noise, turn round. Gunman pointing gun at them. When John walked into the living room at 6.30, Sue and Martie and Billy Suddenly, at 6.35, they all and At 6.37 they While Sue and Martie, Billy and John At 6.40 Billy and with Sue. The police.billy and Sue and the injured person and Martie. Suddenly at 6.47 they that there. At 6.48, while they, they and A gunman at them. 2

2 Il passato Il presente Put yourself 18 Present to the test simple (1) 4 Leggi il brano e scegli l opzione corretta. As a child I (1) to be a ballet dancer. I (2) convinced that I (3) a great talent. My mother (4) me to keep studying too. She wanted me to be a journalist. I (5) ballet lessons every day and I (6) all my money going to the theatre. I (7) that studying was a waste of time. One day when I (8) to ballet class on the bus, the road was blocked. A TV journalist (9) people about a recent accident. I (10) him from the bus, absolutely fascinated. While I (11) I realised that I (12) to be a ballet dancer at all. At that moment I (13) to become a TV journalist. My mother was delighted. 1 A was wanting B want C wanted 2 A was B am C was being 3 A was having B has C had 4 A told B was telling C tells 5 A took B takes C take 6 A spend B spent C was spending 7 A think B was thinking C thought 8 A was going B went C go 9 A was interviewing B interviews C interviewed 10 A watching B was watching C watched 11 A watch B watched C was watching 12 A didn t want B wasn t wanting C don t want 13 A was making up B made up C make 5 Leggi questa tabella e scrivi frasi al passato con used to e didn t use to. ride horses travel read books go on holiday wash their clothes by hand have a lot of money look after animals live in comfortable houses Two hundred years ago... 1 people (ride) horses. 2 they (travel). 3 they (read) books. 4 they (go) on holiday. 5 they (wash) their clothes by hand. 6 they (have) a lot of money. 7 they (look after) animals. 8 they (live) in comfortable houses. 6 Per ogni coppia di frasi completa la seconda con il present perfect del verbo tra parentesi in modo che abbia lo stesso significato della prima. 1 Do you have any more homework to do? (do) Have your homework? 2 Brian isn t here. (leave) Brian. 3 Sue goes to a different school now. (change) Sue school. 4 Martin isn t a child anymore. (grow up) Martin. 5 This is not my first visit here. (be) I here before. 3

3 Il passato Put yourself to the test (1) 7 Leggi il dialogo e sottolinea l opzione corretta. So,, what about a film this evening? Have you seen / Did you see War Horse yet? Yes, I ve seen / saw it last week. What about The Dark Knight Rises? Have you seen / Did you see it? No, I haven t / didn t. What s it about? It s about Batman fighting against a cruel terrorist called Bane. He threatens to destroy Gotham City. Oh no, not an action film. I ve been / went to see The Avengers last Thursday with Susie. It has been / was all battles and superpowers. No thanks, not again. OK. What about Dewey the Library Cat? It s about a cat who lived in a public library for 19 years. Is Meryl Streep in it? I ve seen / saw some of her films. Very good. Yes, she plays the librarian. Have you watched / Did you watch her film Mamma Mia! on TV last Friday? Yes, it s been / it was great. OK, let s see that then. 8 Leggi il dialogo e completa le domande con le parole tra parentesi. In a restaurant Jenny Are you ready to order, Matt? Have you read (read) the menu? Matt Yes, I have. I d like squid salad to start. (1) (you / ever / eat) squid? Jenny Yes, once. When I was on holiday in Spain. (2) (you / ever / be) to Spain? Matt No, never. I d like to go. What about Italy? (3) (you / ever / visit) Italy? They have good seafood there too. Jenny Yes, a few years ago, on holiday. I went to Sardinia for a week. Matt Was it nice? Jenny Oh lovely. And what other countries (4) (you / be) to? Matt Not many. I ve visited France and Germany a bit, and I went to New York a few years ago for work. What about languages? (5) (you / ever / study) any languages? Jenny Yes, French and a little German. I also studied Japanese at work. And you? Matt I ve studied a little French, but that s all. And (6) (you / ever / speak) Japanese to a Japanese person? Jenny Yes, at my office. The first time, I didn t understand anything. And you? (7) (you / ever / try) speaking French to a French person? Matt I tried on holiday in France. A disaster. Oh, here s the waiter. Let s order. Waiter Good evening. (8) (you / decide) on your order? Matt I think so. (9) (you / choose) something Jenny? Jenny Yes, the squid salad for me too. 4

4 Il passato Il presente Put yourself 18 Present to the test simple (1) 9 Completa con il present simple, present perfect o past simple dei verbi tra parentesi. 1 A Have you been (you / be) to that new Chinese restaurant down the street? B Yes, we (go) last weekend. They (make) the best spring rolls I (ever / eat). 2 A (you / hear) about Elizabeth and Tony? B Yes, they (remarry) for the third time. A I (think) it s totally crazy! They only. (divorce) a few months ago. 3 A How many exercises (you / do) so far? B About five. But I still (have) a translation to do. I (start) it yesterday but I (not / finish) it yet. 10 Completa le frasi con un avverbio o una preposizione di tempo. 1 Sam has worked for the same company years. 2 Karen hasn t finished her project 3 What s Madrid like? I have been there. 4 Maria hasn t decided whether (= se) to buy a flat or to rent one. 5 I ve had a phone call from my brother in Canada. 6 Helen has lived here Have you eaten Indian food? 11 Scrivi frasi al present perfect continuous usando i suggerimenti dati tra parentesi. 1 I ve run out of credit! (Someone / use / my mobile) 2 He is exhausted because (he / run / a marathon). 3 (You / drive / all afternoon). Let me drive now. 4 (I / not sleep / well / lately). Do you think I should see a doctor? 5 (You / clean / that window / an hour) and you haven t finished yet! 6 (It / snow / yesterday) and now the trees are all white. 7 Could you repeat, please? (I / not listen) 8 Look at your shirt! It s dirty! (What / you / do?) PET 12 Completa la seconda frase in modo che abbia lo stesso significato della prima usando non più di tre parole. 1 I spent my holidays in Sicily in September. I Sicily on holiday in September. 2 At first it was boring because I had no friends there. At first it was boring because I anybody there. 3 So I just read the books I had with me. So I just read the books I from home. 4 Then one day I went to the beach bar for a drink and I met a pretty girl. Then one day while I a drink at the beach bar, I met a pretty girl. 5 We made friends because she was keen on travel books like me. We made friends because she travel books like me. 6 She told me about all the countries she had visited. She told me about all the countries she to. 7 Two weeks ago we went back home and we started going out together. 5

5 Il passato Put yourself to the test (2) FCE 14 Per ogni domanda, scegli la risposta migliore in base al contenuto del testo. An unfortunate holiday We arrived on this island three days ago. It was a lovely trip, and we spent the eight-hour voyage sitting on the deck playing cards and sunbathing. There was just one big problem. There was only a bar on the boat, with crisps and chocolate, and by the time we arrived and got to our hotel, it was already late evening and we were hungry and exhausted. By that time, all the restaurants in the village were closed. That turned out to be the least of our problems. The hotel we were staying in was fi ne, but the weather was awful. In fact, the rain started the moment we reached the island and we have only had a couple of hours of sunshine. Luckily I insisted on putting 1 What was the main problem about their voyage? A They got too hot when they were sunbathing. 2 They haven t eaten anything. 3 There hadn t been a restaurant on the boat. 4 They were feeling hungry. 2 What does the writer say about the weather? A They have arrived in very bad weather. B It has been raining a lot ever since they arrived. C It has been raining for most of the past week. D It has been fine but not very sunny. 3 What was lucky about the writer s packing? A He had decided to pack his umbrella. B Janet had been amused by his idea. C He was carrying an umbrella. D They hadn t needed an umbrella when they left. an umbrella in my case, much to Janet s amusement. What do we need that for? she said. We re going to a Mediterranean island, not to Manchester. Are you going to use it to keep the sun off? Now I keep reminding her of this conversation every time we walk shivering and dripping along the road to the beach. Of course, we know now what we did wrong. Apparently it always rains a lot here at this time of the year, and is often quite cold. The boy at the taverna explained this to us last night. That s why there are no tourists here now, he said. It s hot in June, not in March. Of course, I blame it all on Janet s brother, Tim. He gave us the idea of coming here for a holiday. Somewhere different for a change, he said. Instead of your usual two weeks in Scotland in the rain. I m halfway through writing him a postcard and I ve got as far as Having a lovely time. Wish you were here. I can t think of anything else to say, and in any case my hand is too cold to write. 4 What mistake did they make? A They haven t expected the weather to be so bad. B They hadn t talked to the boy in the taverna before they came. C Since they arrived, they haven t learnt about the weather. D They didn t find out about the weather before they left. 5 What do we learn about the postcard? A The writer hasn t finished writing the postcard yet. B Her brother gave them the wrong information. C The writer has invited Tim to come to the island. D The writer has caught a cold while he has been writing the postcard. FCE 15 La tua insegnante ti ha chiesto di scrivere una storia in inglese per il giornalino scolastico. La storia deve iniziare con le seguenti parole: 10

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