Party conversation ii

Grammar Summary:

Continued. More testing of verb forms. Fill the gaps with the correct tense of the appropriate verb. See also Verb Tenses: Conversation Part 1

Conversation continued...

Conversation - verb tenses

- [Other guest 1] Philip! Come and meet Andrea here - he (11) .......................... [to come] to the club on Sunday.

- [Other guest 2 (Philip)] Great, the more the merrier!

- [Other guest 1] Have you been here long?

- [Other guest 2] I've just arrived. Did you see the traffic?

- [Other guest 1] Yes, it (12) ............................ [to be] always like that around here.

- [You] I took the train, but there (13) .............................. [to be] delays there too!

- [Other guest 1] Which line (14) .................................  [to take]?

- [You] The Piccadilly line - I came from Hammersmith.

- [Other guest 2] Nice place, I used to go to school there.

- [Other guest 1] Some good pubs there too. Do you know the Old Ship?

- [You] I know it but I (15) ............................. [not go] yet.

- [Other guest 1] I’ve heard some good bands there.

- [You] I (16) .................... it ....... [to check out]. Actually, I’ve only been in London for a couple of weeks. I was in Italy before that.

- [Other guest 2] Really, whereabouts?

- [You] Rome. I came over for work - and to improve my English.

- [Other guest 2] Ha, (17) I .............................. [to learn Italian] at the moment. Maybe we should do a language swap!

- [You] Sounds good, I definitely need someone to correct my mistakes! Why (18) .............................  (to learn) Italian?

- [Other guest 2] For my work mainly.

- [You] So you work for an Italian company then?

- [Other guest 2] Yes, a TV company.[You] Sounds like fun. What (19) ...........................? [to do]

- [Other guest 2] I run the video production teams.

- [You] Wow, a dream job!

- [Other guest 2] How about you?

- [You] I’m an accountant for an energy company. I’m here for 12 months.

- [Host, interrupting] Alberto, have you met Ilaria? She’s also Italian, if you come through to the kitchen I’ll top up your drink as well.

- [You] OK. Guys, nice to have met you.

- [Guest 1] I (20) ........................... [to give] you a call about Sunday, OK?

- [You] Perfect, I’ll look forward to it.

 


ANSWERS:

1. ...he’s coming

John says  (Present Continuous - for future plans)

2. ...it’s

(Present Simple, for regular / habitual actions in the present. “To be” is also a stative verb anyway, so usually in simple form)

3. ...were

(Past simple, referring to the finished past)

4. ...did you take?

(Past simple, referring to the finished past)

5. ...I’ve not been

(Present Perfect, referring to the unfinished past)

6. ...I’ll check it out

(Future Simple - used here for a sudden decision about the future)

7. ...I’m learning Italian

(Present Continuous - continuous action taking place generally now.)

8. ...are you learning Italian?

(Present Continuous, as above)

9. What do you do?

(Present Simple - for regular action in the present.)

10. ...’ll give

(Future simple - used for making a quick promise)

 

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