Past Simple: Irregular Verbs and Negative Form


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Present Perfect – Past Simple 2 – Computers

Since computers were first introduced to the public in the early 1980’s, technology ____________________ (change) a great deal. The first computers ____________________ (be) simple machines designed for basic tasks. They ____________________ (have, not) much memory and they ____________________ (be, not) very powerful. Early computers were often quite expensive and customers often ____________________ (pay) thousands of dollars for machines which actually ____________________ (do) very little. Most computers____________________ (be) separate, individual machines used mostly as expensive typewriters or for playing games.


Times ____________________ (change). Computers ____________________ (become) powerful machines with very practical applications. Programmers ____________________ (create) a large selection of useful programs which do everything from teaching foreign languages to bookkeeping. We are still playing video games, but today’s games ____________________ (become) faster, more exciting interactive adventures. Many computer users ____________________ (get, also) on the Internet and ____________________ (begin) communicating with other computer users around the world. We ____________________ (start) to create international communities on-line. In short, the simple, individual machines of the past ____________________ (evolve) into an international World Wide Web of knowledge.


Present Perfect – Past Simple 1

1. A: Do you like the film “Star Wars?”

B: I don’t know. I _____________________________ (see, never) it.


2. Sam _____________________________ (arrive) in Manchester a week ago.


3. My best friend and I _____________________________ (know) each other for over fifteen years. We still get together once a week.


4. Stinson is a fantastic writer. He _____________________________ (write) ten very creative short stories in the last year. One day, he’ll be as famous as Hemingway.


5. I _____________________________ (have, not) this much fun since I _____________________________ (be) a kid.


6. Things _____________________________ (change) a great deal at Coltech. When we first _____________________________ (start) working here three years ago, the company _____________________________ (have, only) six employees. Since then, we _____________________________ (expand) to include more than 2000 full-time workers.


7. I _____________________________ (tell) him to stay on the path while he was hiking, but he _____________________________ (wander) off into the forest and _____________________________ (be) bitten by a snake.


8. Listen Donna, I don’t care if you _____________________________ (miss) the bus this morning. You _____________________________ (be) late to work too many times. You are fired!


9. Sam is from Colorado, which is hundreds of miles from the coast, so he _____________________________ (see, never) the ocean. He should come with us to Miami.


10. How sad! George _____________________________ (dream) of going to California but he died. He _____________________________ (see, never) the ocean.


11. In the last hundred years, travelling _____________________________ (become) much easier and very comfortable. In the 19th century, it _____________________________ (take) two or three months to cross North America by covered wagon. The trip _____________________________ (be) very rough and often dangerous. Things _____________________________ (change) a great deal in the last hundred and fifty years. Now you can fly from New York to Los Angeles in a matter of hours.


12. Susan, I can’t believe how much you _____________________________ (change) since the last time I _____________________________ (see) you. You _____________________________ (grow) at least a foot!


13. This tree _____________________________ (be) planted on the birth of my grandmother over 150 years hundred years ago.




I have a headache!

We can use have to talk about possession, family (and other) relationships and illnesses.

 You have a car.  Ann has two sisters.  Pete has a nice girlfriend.  Joe had a cold last week.

You don’t have a car.  Ann doesn’t have two sisters.  Pete doesn’t have a nice girlfriend.  Joe didn’t have a cold last week.

Do you have a car?  Does Ann have two sisters?  Does Pete have a nice girlfriend?  Did Joe have a cold last week?

We also say that people have hair, eyes etc; and that things have parts.

You have brown hair.  Our old car had two doors. Her laptop has four USB ports.

You don’t have brown hair.  Our old car didn’t have two doors.  Her laptop doesn’t have four USB ports.

 Do you have brown hair?  Did our old car have two doors?  Does her laptop have four USB ports?

Circle the correct form

  • John / I have two brothers.
  • Mary has / had a cold yesterday.
  • My father / My parents has two cars.
  • We all / Sally have blue eyes.
  • I had /have a headache yesterday evening.
  • I can’t read The Lord of The Rings it had/ has  over 1000 pages!
  • Ann had a good job now / last year.


Make questions (?) or negatives (-) with have.

  • you / a cat (?)
  • Mike /many friends (-)
  • we / garden (-)
  • Why / you / two cars (?)
  • my aunt / a black cat (-)


Make sentences about Ann when she was six.

  • a bicycle (?)
  • a dog (+)
  • a computer (-)
  • many nice clothes (-)
  • lots of friends (?)