Here is a story written in
the simple past.
How many past tense
verbs can you find?
Write your answers
below the reading.
Yesterday Debbie had a job interview. She went downtown to
the company. The interview was for an accounting job. Debbie
graduated university 3 months ago.
Her interview was at 10:00 am. She woke up at 7:00 am and
left her house before 8:00 am. She waited for the bus, but it
was late. She was very worried because she did not want to be
late for the interview. She tried to phone the company to warn
them, but her phone battery was dead.
When the bus arrived, it was almost 9:00 am. Then the bus
was slow because there were many other cars. The bus finally
arrived at Debbie's stop at 9:45 am.
Debbie ran from the bus stop to the office building. When she
entered she saw a sign that said the company was on the 24th
floor. The elevator ride took almost 5 minutes because many
people stopped at different floors.
When Debbie arrived at reception, it was 9:58. She was in
"I am here to see Mrs. Lewis" said Debbie.
The receptionist checked her book and replied:
“She is not here today. What is your name please?”
“My name is Debbie Gregson.”
“Sorry Debbie, but your appointment is tomorrow.”
Debbie checked her agenda. It was true. She was there on the
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