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-A Brand New Car-
Lesson 64 – A Brand New Car
Paula has recently had a bit of luck. She entered a prize draw with the hope of winning a state of the art home entertainment system. She hasn’t won the entertainment system; instead she has just found out that she has won the top prize, a car. The only problem is that Paula hasn’t learnt how to drive. Attending a driving school can be expensive so it is important that Paula passes her test the first time round. She decides to ask her friend, Lucy, to give her some driving lessons. She calls Lucy on her mobile phone but there is no answer. She decides to call round to Lucy’s house on her way to work.
Paula: Oh, hi Dean. Is Lucy here?
Dean: Hi Paula. I’m afraid not. She has just finished work but it will be half an hour before she returns home.
Paula: That’s a shame. I called her mobile but there was no answer.
Dean: No, she has probably left it in her car. I have tried to call her several times this morning. Is there anything I can help you with?
Paula: Well, I have just won a car but I don’t know how to drive. I was wondering if Lucy could give me some lessons to supplement the classes at the driving school.
Dean: Oh wow! That’s amazing! Congratulations Paula. I’m sure Lucy will be happy to help you with your driving lessons.
(Paula’s mobile phone rings)
Lucy: Hi Paula. It’s Lucy. Have you just called me?
Paula: Hi Lucy. Yes, I’ve just called you. I have some exciting news, I have won a car.
Lucy: Paula, that’s great. Congratulations! Oh wait; you can’t drive, can you?
Paula: Well, not yet. I was hoping that you would give me some lessons.
Lucy: Of course! I’m a bit busy this week but I’m free at the weekend. We could drive around for a couple of hours. See how you feel.
Paula: Lucy, Thank you so much. This is going to be a great help. You’re the best.
Lucy: Don’t be silly. I’m glad to help. May I suggest that you read up on the Highway Code and traffic signs beforehand? It’s not that I don’t trust you but driving requires a lot of concentration and it’s important to know your way around the traffic system.
Paula: I couldn’t agree more. I bought a driving theory book a while back. I have already read it but I’ll read it again and again until it’s burnt into my brain.
Lucy: That’s the spirit! Okay, so how about 2 o’clock on Saturday afternoon?
Paula: That sounds perfect. Thank you again Lucy. You are a real pal.
(Paula hangs up the phone)
Dean: I knew she’d help. Good luck with your driving lessons, Paula
Paula: Thanks Dean, I’m so excited! I’ll see you on Saturday. Goodbye.
Facts: The first driver’s licence was issued to Karl Benz, inventor of the modern automobile, in 1888. He had to receive written permission from the authorities to operate his car on public roads after residents complained about the noise and smell of his Motorwagen.
Interactive Video Comprehension Quiz 1:
The present perfect is formed as so::
|I have finished|
|You have finished|
|He has finished|
|She has finished|
|It has finished|
|We have finished|
|They have finished|
Normally, the past participle ends in –ed but there is a long list of irregular verbs:
|Infinitive||Irregular Past Participle||Infinitive||Irregular Past Participle|
|I have won|
|You have won|
|He has won|
|She has won|
|It has won|
|We have won|
|They have won|
Remember: We use the present perfect in the following situations:
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