narrative tenses - James Bond

Fill the gaps with the correct tense of the verb in brackets. Do not use contractions (e.g. he'd, I'm etc.)

James Bond (need) a drink. The fight in the carpark with the dwarf (make) him thirsty. He walked quickly along 46th Street in search of an air-conditioned bar where he could get out of the heat and think.

He (walk) for only a few minutes, when it suddenly (occur) to him that he . (follow) There was no evidence for it except for a slight itchy feeling on the top of his head. But he had faith in his sixth sense. It (never / fail) him. He (stop) in front of the shop window he (pass) and (look) casually back along the street. He (examine) the Swiss watches in the window and then (turn) and walked on.

After a few yards he turned into a shop doorway where a man (look) at Japanese cameras. As he did so, something grabbed his right arm and a voice snarled, 'All right, Limey*. Take it easy unless you want lead for lunch.', He (feel) something press into his back just above his kidneys. Bond (try) to swing his arm to hit whoever it was that (hold) him, but a strong hand (catch) his fist**. An amused voice , (say) "No good, James. The angels have got you."

He turned his head to find himself looking into the grinning hawk-like*** face of Felix Leiter. A face he (last / see) covered in bandages in a hospital bed in Cairo nine months earlier. The face of the American secret agent with whom he (share) so many adventures.

(With apologies to Ian Fleming)


* limey - an old fashioned American slang expression for an British person.
** fist - the shape of your hand when you hold your fingers and thumb tightly together when you want to hit someone.
*** hawk-like - like a hawk, a kind of hunting bird.

Notes

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See also: time expressions - past
matching
Time linkers exercise 01
Matching setence segments with 'while', 'as soon as', 'by the time', 'until' and 'during'


quiz
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Mulitple-choice quiz with feedback. 'When', 'while', 'as', 'before', 'after', 'during', 'as soon as', 'by the time'


See also: past events - talking about
gap fill
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See also: stories
gap fill
past simple and continuous - anecdote - the Donkey Dog
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reading
eslreading.org
Site with small number of good, short (6 - 10 page) simplified versions of classic stories, mostly for reading online, some for download


audio
American Stories for English Learners
Fifty-seven 15-minute mp3 files with text, read at medium-slow speed.


See also: anecdotes
gap fill
past simple and continuous - anecdote - the Donkey Dog
Short anecdote about a frightening experience gapped for past continuous and past simple plus 'enormous' and 'the biggest'


audio
Embarrassment
Vox pops: What is your most embarrassing moment?