English Language: Tenses

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1. Put the verbs in brackets into the past simple or the past continuous in the following sentences. I was walking along the Piccadilly when I realised that a man with a ginger beard, whom I had seen three times that afternoon, was following me. To make quite sure, I walked on quickly, turned right, then left and stopped suddenly at a shop window. I went on. Whenever I stopped, he stopped, and whenever I looked around he was still there. He looked a very respectable type and was wearing/wore very conventional clothes and I wondered if he was a policeman or a private detective. I decided to try and shake him off. A 74 bus was standing at the bus stop just beside me. Then the conductor came downstairs and rang the bell; just as the bus moved/was moving off, I jumped on it. The man with the beard missed the bus but got into another 74, which followed/was following the first. Both buses crawled very slowly along Knightsbridge. Every time the buses pulled at a stop, the man looked out anxiously to see if I was getting off/got off.

2. Fill in the blanks in the letter with an appropriate form (the present perfect continuous, the present perfect, or the past simple) of each verb in parentheses. Two answers may be correct. Dear Yukiko,

I've been living in New York for two months now, and I’ve learnt a lot. In general, I’ve been very happy up until now, but I’ve felt a little lonely, too. Since I rented this apartment, I’ve met some of the people in the building. There are some interesting couples. In the past few weeks, I’ve been talking a lot to an American woman who is married to a Vietnamese man. A Peruvian man and his American wife promised to invite me to dinner sometime, but they haven’t done it yet. Actually, I haven’t seen the inside of an American family's apartment since I moved here. A very nice Arabian woman visited me this week. She’s been married to an American for several years. She says she has had problems with the...
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