PRESENT PERFECT vs. PAST SIMPLE [**]

Complete the sentences with the correct Present Perfect or Past Simple form of the verbs in brackets.

a) I (do) all the housework. Now the house is clean.

b) A young couple (buy) the house, but they lived in the house only for some months.

c) Our visitors (not arrive) yet. We are waiting for them.

d) Susan (repair) the television two months ago, but it broke down again.

e) I (lose) my wallet. I can't find it anywhere.

f) (start) the match ? ≈ Yes, they are playing now.

g) Jane (run) away from home, but she came back two days later.

h) James (win) some money in the lottery last week but he (spend) already it all.

i) We (not plant) flowers in the garden because we haven't got time to take care of them.

j) My brother (turn) on the hi-fi. I can hear it.

k) I (phone) the office at eleven, but Helen wasn't there yet.

l) We (make) a cake. Would you like a piece?

m) Usain Bolt (break) the 100 metres record in 2009.

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Complete the text with the correct Present Perfect or Past Simple form of the verbs in brackets.

The London Underground

London (have) an underground train system since the 19th century. The London Underground (start) in 1863, when engineers and workers (build) the Metropolitan railway. This railway line (go) from Paddington Station to Farringdon Street Station. It (be) a very short line. Eight more lines (open) since then. The world's first electric railway (open) in 1890. This line (go) from the city centre to South London. The most modern line is the Jubilee line. It (open) in 1977. Since the London Underground (begin) , many other cities, like New York and Moscow, (build) their own systems.

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Complete the dialogue with the correct Present Perfect or Past Simple form of the verbs in brackets.

Craig: (you/hear) the news about Cathy?
Nicola: No, what (happen) ?
Craig: She (have) an accident. She was running for a bus when she (fall) down and (break) her leg.
Nicola: Oh, how awful! When (it/happen) ?
Craig: Yesterday afternoon. Sarah (tell) me about it last night.
Nicola: Last night! You (know) it last night and you (not tell) me.
Craig: Well, I (not see) you last night. And I (not see) you today until now.
Nicola:: I hope she is all right. She (have) a lot of accidents, you know. She (do) the same two years ago.

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