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grammar 1

Verb phrases referring to the past

Pre-reading questions 

1. Look at paragraphs one and two in the reading. Which of the following statements gives the best description of each? Choose one statement for paragraph one and one statement for paragraph two.

  Paragraph number (1 or 2)
a. The verb phrases in the paragraph consist of a mixture of past simple and past perfect. This is because the writer is describing cause and effect relationships.
  
b. The verb phrases are past simple because the paragraph describes facts in the past.
  
c. The verb phrases are mixed and complex because the information in the paragraph is complex.
  
d. Most of the verb phrases are past simple because the paragraph is essentially a historical narrative.
  

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