Party Conversation (Tenses Review)

Grammar Summary:

Part 1: Follow the conversation and test your knowledge of verb tenses. Conversation subjects: party food, where you live, socialising, where you’re from, languages, work.

Fill the gaps
below with the correct tense of the appropriate verb.


Conversation - verb tenses1. Arrival

[Door opens]

- [Host (Jane)] Hi, glad you could make it! Did you have any problems finding us?

- [You (Andrea)] No, it was fine. Sorry I’m a bit late, there (1) ........................ [to be] delays on the train.

- [Host] That’s OK, most people (2)............................ [to arrive] now anyway. Come through and I’ll introduce you to everyone.

2. Meet another guest

- [Host] Here’s someone you should definitely meet. Alex, (3) ............................. [to meet] John? 

- [Other guest - Alex] No, I don’t think so. Nice to meet you.

- [Host] John is also keen on travelling. Which places did you say you (4) .............................. [to go] John?

- [You] Well, South-east Asia, North Africa, Central America.

- [Other guest] Wow, all the hot places! 

- [Host] Yes, how about you?

- [Other guest] I lived in Canada, Sweden and Denmark when I (5) ................................ [to grow up] and just spent the summer in Russia.

3. More conversation

- [You] So how (6) ........................... [to know] Jane (the host)?

- [Other guest] We originally went to school together. We (7) ............................ [not know] each other very well back then but we ended up on the same course at college and we’ve been friends since then. How about you?

- [You] We go to the same tennis club.

- [Other guest] The Floyd club? I (8) ............................ [to go swimming] there sometimes. I’m not much of a tennis player - not fast enough!

- [You] Me too, golf is more my thing.

- [Other guest] Oh great, where do you play?

- [You] Busby park. Do you play?

- [Other guest] I try! Actually a group of us (9) ..............................[to get together] for a game there this Sunday if you’re free.

- [You] Sounds good.

- [Other guest] OK, if you give me your number I (10) .............................. [to give] you a call tomorrow to confirm everything.

- [You] Great, it’s 07....

- [Other guest] Here’s Phil, he’ll be coming too...

 


ANSWERS:

1. ...were
(Past Simple - finished event in the past)

2. ...are arriving
(Present Continuous, for temporary action happening now)

3. ...have you met?
(Present Perfect, referring to time past leading to the present)

4. ...‘ve been
(Present Perfect, as 3 above. Past participle of go is ‘gone’ or ‘been’)

5. ...was growing up
(Past Continuous - continuous action in the past)

6. ...do you know
(Present Simple - “to know” is usually a stative verb, therefore in simple form)

7. ...didn’t know
(Past Simple - again, because “to know” is stative we use simple rather than continuous form.

8. ...go swimming
(Present Simple - regular action in the present)

9. ...is getting together
(Present Continuous - for future plans)

10 ...’ll give
(Future simple - used for making a quick promise)

John says It's always useful to analyse grammar in everyday conversation. For better fluency in your grammar and speaking, I always recommend trying to memorise full conversations like these. You'll be surprised at the difference it makes.

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Verb tenses: conversation Part ii
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