II Put the words in the correct order to make sentences.
1. I / the local / in / an advert / put /newspaper.
2. last / declined/ share / sharply / prices/ week.
3. 2003 / industry / a record / was /handset /the mobile / year / for.
4. in / company /1982 / he / joined /the.
5. had / the / only / two / qualifications / of / applicants /the necessary.
6. job /Emma / bakery / finally / found / a / a Saturday /in.
7. tax/ were / profits / $262000 / after.
8. up / prices / last / house / went / by / 5 per cent / year.
9. we / shop / lunch / at / ate/ a / little / coffee.
10. Exxon / worked / for / year / she / until / last.
III. Choose a verb from the box to complete the sentences. Use the past simile.
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1. Last week, Vodafone ….. its UK 3G services for mobile phones.
2. The advertisement …. a number of applicants.
3. Algeria … the industry to foreign investors in the late 1980s.
4. Agriculture … the backbone of the country’s economy.
5. In 2000, the food processing industry … nearly 1.7 million jobs.
6. I … for the jacket by cheek.
7. Petrol, diesel and kerosene prices … up by 23% in September.
8, The hotel … me £15 for a room for a night.
9. Bee sales volumes … 21% in 2001 and 19% in 2002, but only about 5% in 2003.
10. He … from Nestle in Jane 2001.
IV. Write the past simple form of each verb to complete the text
Bill Gates (write) his first computer program at the age of 13. He (spend) a lot of time using computers. But at that time computers (be) expensive: it (cost) $40 an hour to use one. Bill (work) during his school holidays. That is why, he (make) some money and he also (learn) a lot about using computers.
V. Are these sentences right or wrong? Make changes if necessary.
1. Was you in the office at 10 yesterday morning?
2. How much did be charge you for repairing the car?
3. The total value of the stocks were over £3 million.
4. How much did you paid for that watch?
5. Our people in marketing was not too happy with the packaging design.
6. Were our suppliers late in delivery?
7. The poll tax was a very unpopular form of taxation.
8 Sarah wasn´t come to yesterday’s meeting.
9. When they launched the new model?
10. Real income per head of population was at a low point five years ago.
VI. Rewrite the sentences in the past simple.
1. We do a lot of business on the phone.
2. He runs an accountancy firm.
3. The tax year begins in April.
4. The company gives me a travel allowance.
5. Does the restaurant accept cheques?
6. Your shopping comes to £39 altogether.
7. She holds one of the top jobs in the industry.
8. Laura doesn’t know how to manage difficult customers.
9. My uncle buys and sells antique for a living.
10. The government pays subsidies to farmers to produce particular crops.
VII. Complete the sentences using the past simple.
1. Sales (jump) 14.2% in October from a year earlier.
2. Senior management (hire) a consultant to do the study....
IX. Suggest an irregular verb to complete each sentence. Use the past simple.
1. The company m… hundreds of employees redundant.