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    Surprise ...Surprise!... 1/2

     Well well ... I haven't been telling you a story for long ... and I miss it ! Are you ready ?

    Remember, the tense of narration is still the simple past .

          ex: Congressman Quinn, who lived in Washington DC, was a very well-known and respected man.



         * As usual, if  two simultaneous past actions happened (at the same time), then : 

      the long (and important one) is in the -ing preterite and the short action interrupting it , is in the  simple past.

       ex: The Congressman was reading an important file when his phone rang.


       * If a past action happened  before an action in the simple past, it must be in the past perfect simple (or in the past perfect in -ing if we want to insist on the duration of the action ) :

     had + verb in the past participle   or had + been + verb + ing  

       ex:  Quinn had been working for hours when he felt someone was in his study, behind him.

    *   If you have to use the simple future, remember that it doesn't get on well with the past

    Rather use the 'conditional' =>  would + verb

        ex: It was sure that when Quinn finished working on that file that night, he'd(would) have a rest.

        *  If you need to use a  modal  auxiliary  : can => could and  may=> might    and  must => have to

        ex: Quinn can't understand why he has so much work to do just now ...   

    * Some easy constructions will be very useful to you :

         - to let somebody do something =>  Remember that to let is followed by the infinitive without to.

       ex:  Quinn won't let his opponents spoil his life!



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    Congressman Quinn at his desk and the sun in through the open French window.
    Suddenly, while he was working, he a slight noise and turned round. In front of him, an old acquaintance was standing, one of those he never to see again ....
    - 'Laverty, what here for? You against me... What do you want?'
    - It's time my revenge, Congressman! You've ruined my life ! I had warned you that this! Laverty was holding a gun with a silencer... a letter explaining what happened ...
    -Don't be stupid, Laverty, in a letter yourself right away! You'd be lost! Your name would be blackened forever!'...
    Laverty didn't answer, smiled, shot the Congressman six times, went home and slept like a log.

    On the following morning, Laverty was still lying in bed when the door bell rang... After on a robe, he went to the door light heartedly and opened it... At that moment, his heart stood still and stayed like that... He ...

    ( be continued ...)

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