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TESTS: TEST XXVIII on Various Tenses

Fill in the spaces, using the verbs in brackets in a suitable tense:

1. (1) ___________________________________ (never, believe) in ghosts until I (2) _________________________________ a weekend in my friend's remote cottage in Scotland.
2. It (3) __________________________ (to be abandoned) by an old sheep farmer many years before this friend of mine (4) _________________________ (to buy) it for next to nothing in 1994.
3. He (5) ______________________________ (to promise) to invite me up there for ages, so when he finally (6) ___________________________ (to get) round to asking me, I (7) __________________________ (to accept) his offer willingly.

4. We (8) _____________________________ (to set) off on that fateful Friday in a downpour and the rain (9) _____________________________ (to continue) throughout our six-hour drive.
5. By the time we (10) ______________________________ (to reach) the cottage it (11) _________________________ (to get) dark and we only just (12) ________________________________ (to manage) to make it out in the gloom.
6. Relieved that we (13) __________________________ (finally; to get) there, we (14) _________________________ (to start) to make a fire and generally make ourselves comfortable. There (15) ____________________________ (to be) no electricity of course, but we (16) __________________________ (to bring) one of those camping lamps with us, as well as some candles.

7. Eventually we (17) _________________________ (to settle down) and (18) ____________________________ (to enjoy) a relaxing chat by the fire when the floorboards in the room above suddenly (19) ______________________ (to begin) to creak.

8. At first (20) ________________________ (to take) no notice, but the noise (21) ___________________________ (to become) more and more distracting and we (22) ____________________________ (to get) very anxious.
9. In the end, I (23) ___________________________ (to decide) to go up and have a look, so I (24) _____________________ (to light) a candle and (25) ____________________________ (to creep) up the stairs.
10. As I (26) _______________________ (to turn) the corner at the top, the candle (27) _________________________ (to blow) out. I (28) _______________________ (to feel) this inexplicable icy coldness and an unnatural presence close beside me.
11. I (29) ___________________________ (must; scream) because my friend (30) ____________________________ (to come) rushing up the stairs noisily. Then I (31) ________________________ (to realize) that whatever I (32) ________________________ (to witness) (33) _________________ (to be) over.
12. At the time, my friend (34) __________________________ (to claim) he (35) _______________________________ (never; to experience) such a phenomenon and, despite visiting the cottage frequently since, he (36) __________________________ (to find) nothing out of the ordinary.
13. Personally, I (37) _____________________________ (never; to want) to set foot there again and I (38) ___________________ (to do) my best to forget the entire incident, although I am still very perplexed by it.





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