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Friday, 4 January 2013

Past simple - grammar lesson 7

Level: Pre-intermediate / A2

Lost, alone and injured on a mountain

Complete this text using the past simple form of these verbs:
fall                   find                 break               laugh  
spend               leave                lose                  need   
take                 celebrate          save                 can’t

Gary Smith yesterday 1   celebrated     his twentieth birthday, but he’s lucky to be alive. In March this year he was climbing Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain, when he 2                               his way and 3                          sixteen hours in sub-zero temperatures.
‘My friends 4                                       at me for having so much survival equipment, but it      5                                          my life.’
On the first night the weather was so bad that it tore his new mountain tent to pieces. So he moved to a Youth Hostel. He 6                             the hostel at 10:00 the next morning, but that afternoon he was in trouble. ‘I 7                                           off a rock and 8                      my left leg. I 9                                    move’
Mountain rescue teams went out to look for Gary, and 10                              him at 09:00 the next morning. A helicopter 11                             him to hospital, where he 12                           several operations.

Adapted from New Headway Pre-intermediate, OUP

Answers below!


1)  celebrated
2)  lost
3)  spent
4)  laughed
5)  saved
6)  left
7)  fell
8)  broke
9)  couldn't
10) found
11) took
12) needed

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