In the old days: would and used to

Gap-fill exercise

Fill in all the gaps with the correct forms of the verbs in brackets. Use past simple, would + infinitive or used to + infinitive

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When I was 14, we (move) to London and my life (change) for ever. Before that, we (live) in a small house with a big garden at the edge of the village.

The village was busier than it is today. There (be) two shops, a post office, a school and a pub. They’ve all gone now.

I remember we (not / have) much money. One day I (lose) $20 and my mum was very angry. To cut costs, we (grow) a lot of our own food in the garden. We kept chickens too, and every morning I (have to / go) out to the henhouse and collect the eggs for breakfast. I (hate) this chore, especially in the cold weather.

There was a wood* near the house – it’s still there - and in the winter I (go) there with my dad and my sister to look for firewood. We (bring) this home and my dad (chop) it up and put it in the open fire that we (have) in the sitting room.

About a mile from the house there (be) a railway line**. That’s gone now too. We (often / go) there at the weekend to watch the trains. But we (get) into trouble if my mum found out. We (send) to bed early and not allowed out the next day.

We (not / have) a TV– we couldn’t afford one. So in the evenings we (read) or play games together and before we went to bed, my dad (tell) us stories about when he was young.


Glossary
henhouse - small building where chickens are kept
chore - job that you have to do and don't like doing
wood - small forest
railway line - track for trains

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