Sunday, April 25, 2010

Past Modal Practice: Should + Present Perfect.

"At the Opera" Mary Cassatt, 1879

Use Should + Present Perfect Tense to comment about a past action. You're saying that the past action didn't happen in the best way. The person doing the action made a mistake. The speaker supposes that the past action would have turned out better if the recommended action had been followed.

1. I didn't ask my employer for a raise.

2. I parked in a towaway zone yesterday.

3. Bill didn't tell Julie he was married.

4. Our team didn't practice enough before the game.

5. I forgot to clean my glasses before the movie.

6. Maria and Jose left their passports in their hotel room.

7. The children are cranky because they didn't take a nap this afternoon.

8. My sink didn't work very well, and I didn't call the plumber. Now, it's worse.

9. I drank a lot of coffee before bedtime last night and couldn't sleep at all.

10. Steve didn't wear a suit to his job interview yesterday.

11. I didn't bring an umbrella with me to work and it rained cats and dogs.

12. Lydia went away for the weekend without watering her house plants. Unfortunately, they died.

13. Dave forgot to put his car keys on the hook where they belong. He couldn't find them this morning.

14. We didn't buy a map and, as a result, we got lost on dark roads in Oklahoma City.

15. I got up late and just missed the bus. So, I didn't get to the meeting on time.

16. Sally didn't take the cookies out of the oven soon enough. So, they burned.

17. I didn't go to the opera with you last night. I really missed a good performance.

18. Fred didn't drive carefully enough during his driving test.

19. Olivia didn't dance well enough at her audition last weekend.

20. Andrew bought a used computer and it crashed the day after he bought it.

21. Pratt didn't speak clearly enough at his presentation yesterday.

22. Sally was very late to work yesterday.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Using the Past Perfect Tense.

"Still Life with Musical Instruments"
Georges Braque, 1908

Combine Two Sentences To Make One.

1. I got to the bank. It closed.

2. He went to Canada. He read several books about it.

3. I arrived at the party. The food was eaten.

4. Jack called for an interview. He wrote his resume.

5. Jane got to the concert. It already started.

6. He arrived at the airport. He realized he forgot his passport.

7. She decided to buy one. She looked at a lot of dresses.

8. Aaron got hired. He went on a lot of interviews.

9. We ate at the cafeteria. We went to class.

10. Maria fed the cat. She called her mother.

11.I woke up this morning. My roommate already left.

12. Sam knew Paris very well. He visited the city several times.

13. I didn't know how to cook salmon. I never cooked it.

14. Mary moved to Istanbul. Bill already bought a house there.

15. You were hired by the company. I already got a raise.

16. I didn't go dancing last night. I went dancing the night before.

17. I arrived at the meeting. It already ended.

18. Shiela didn't attend the conference. She went to one the previous weekend.

19. Tom served his guests. He realized he forgot to set the table.

20. Maria went out on a date. She realized she didn't comb her hair.

21. My suit was ready. I gained some weight.

22. He won the chess match. He practiced for years.

23. Patricia passed the English exam. She studied for a long time.

24. I arrived at the lake. The ice melted.

25. I started watching the TV show. I realized I already saw it.

26. Tom had a good interview. He prepared for it.

27. They packed their suitcases. They took a taxi to the airport.

28. They were afraid they forgot something. They packed so quickly.

29. The party ended. She met many new friends.

30. The students finished the exercises. They understood the grammer.