Listen to session 28 (English audio, MP3)
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In session 28 we are looking at the past simple. We use the past simple when we are talking about a single action that happened in the past and is completed.
Listen to the following examples:
When I came home last night I had a message on my answerphone. I pressed the replay button and heard a man's voice speaking. I didn't understand what he was saying because the message was in a foreign language. I replayed the recording several times but I wasn't able to identify what language it was. Then I switched on the television and watched a programme about the influence of the Euro on the British economy. After I while I looked at my watch and was quite surprised because it was already half past 8. I wondered where my husband was. He usually comes home before me. I decided to call him at work to find out what happened. I dialled his number and after several rings? (can you say that here?) I heard the same voice I had heard before on my answerphone. I tried to ask the man questions in English but he would always answer in his mother tongue sounded very much like Polish only I didn't understand a single word. After a couple of minutes of unsuccessful conversation I put down the receiver and went back into the kitchen.
OK; here the story stops and I want you to think up a possible end. Please, write down all verbs in the past simple and find out how the past simple is made.
Let's hear your stories in our English class! Till then!
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