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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #124231: Verbs in the past simple
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    Verbs in the past simple

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    1. A businessman (want) to interview applicants for the position of divisional manager.

    2. There (be) several strong candidates, so he decided to devise a simple test to select the most suitable person for the job.

    3. He (ask) each applicant the simle question, 'What is two and two?'

    4. The first applicant (be) a journalist.

    5. He lit a cigarette, (think) for a moment and then said '22'.

    6. The second applicant (have) a degree in engineering.

    7. He (take) out his calculator, press a few buttons and showed the answer to be between 3.999 and 4.001.

    8. The next applicant (work) as a corporate lawyer.

    9. He stated that two and two (can) only be four, and provided it by referring to the wellknown case of Gates v Monopolies Commission.

    10. The last applicant (turn) out to be an accountant.

    11. The businessman again (put) his question, 'What is two and two?'

    12. The accountant (get) up from his chair, went over to the door, closed it, then came back and sat down.

    13. Finally, he leaned across the desk and (whisper) in a low voice, 'How much do you want it to be?'

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