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Past simple: be and can

3) What could or couldn’t you do at six years


old. Write true sentences. Use the verbs in the
box.

1) There was a robbery in Handon at 11 sing / write / swim / read / run fast / play
o’clock last night. A police inspector Mr. chess
Brown is interviewing Tom Craft about 1.________________________________________
the robbery.
2. _______________________________________
Complete the conversation with was, were,
3. _______________________________________
wasn’t, weren’t.
4. _______________________________________
Mr. Brown: Were you in Handon last night, Craft?
5. _______________________________________
Craft: Yes. I __________ (1)
6.________________________________________
B: Where _______ (2) you at 11 o’clock last night?
C: At 11 o’clock? I _____ (3) in a pub called The Deer.
B: And what about your friends Bob Snow and Ted 4) Complete the sentences with could or
Smith? _______ (4) they in the pub with you? couldn’t.
C: No they _________ (5), Inspector. 1. My best friend _______ speak German. He was
from Germany.
B: Where _________ (6) they, then?
2. My elder brother ________ help me with my
C: I don’t know, but they _______ (7) with me. homework because he was busy.
B: _______ (8) you on your own in the Deer? 3. I ________phone you because my mobile phone
C; No, I ________ (9). My friend John _______ (10) with was broken.
me. 4. Sally ________ swim when she was four. She
B: And ________ (11) he with you all evening? was very good.
C: Yes, he ________ (12)
5) Write sentences. Use could and was.
2) Work in pairs. Ask and answer questions what your 1. Leo Messi / join a football club / five
partner was doing at the times below. Leo Messi could join a football club when he
1. 3 o’clock this morning. was five.
Where were you at 3 o’clock this morning? 2. Charlie Chaplin / act in the theatre / five
I was in bed. ________________________________________
2. half past 5 yesterday afternoon ________________________________________
______________________________________________
______________________________________________ 3. Mozart / write music / four
3. 10 o’clock on Saturday night _________________________________________
______________________________________________ ________________________________________
______________________________________________
4. half past 9 yesterday morning 4. Andrew Lloyd Webber / publish his first piece
______________________________________________ of music / nine
______________________________________________ _________________________________________
5. 11 o’clock on Sunday morning _________________________________________
______________________________________________
______________________________________________ 5. Salvador Dali / have his first exhibition /
6. this time yesterday fifteen
______________________________________________ _________________________________________
______________________________________________ _________________________________________
Answer Key:

Ex. 1)
1 was 2 were 3 was 4 Were 5 weren’t 6 were 7 weren’t 8 Were
9 wasn’t 10 was 11 was 12 was

Ex. 4)
1 could 2 couldn’t 3 couldn’t 4 could

Ex. 5)

2. Charlie Chaplin could act in the theatre when he was five.

3. Mozart could write music when he was four.

4. Andrew Lloyd Webber could publish his first piece of music when he was nine.

5. Salvador Dali could have his first exhibition when he was fifteen.