Present Perfect Simple versus Past Simple 6

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Fill in the correct form of the verbs. Choose between the Present Perfect Simple and the Past Simple.

1. - Did you like the movie Star Wars?
- I don’t know. I (never / to see) that movie.

2. Sam (to arrive) in San Diego a week ago.

3. My best friend and I (to know) each other for over 15 years. We still get together once a week.

4. I (not / to have) this much fun since I (to be) a child.

5. Things (to change) a great deal at Coltech, Inc. When we first (to start) working here three years ago, the company (only / to have) six employees. Since then, we (to expand) to include more than 2,000 full-time workers.

6. Sam is from Colorado, which is hundreds of miles from the coast, so he (never / to see) the ocean. He should come with us to Miami.

7. In the last hundred years, travelling (to become) much easier and very comfortable. In the 19th century, it (to take) two or three months to cross North America by covered wagon. The trip (to be) very rough and often dangerous. Things (to change) a great deal in the last hundred and fifty years. Now you can fly from NY to LA in a matter of hours.

8. Johnny, I can’t believe how much you (to change) since the last time I (to see) you.

9. This tree (to be) planted by the settlers who (to found) our city over four hundred years ago.

10. I (never / to visit) Africa, but I (to travel) to South America several times. The last time I (to go) to South America, I (to visit) Brazil and Peru. I (to spend) two weeks in the Amazon, (to hike) for a week near Machu Picchu and (to fly) over the Nazca Lines.

11. Since computers were first introduced to the public in the early 1980’s, technology (to change) a great deal. The first computers (to be) simple machines designed for basic tasks. They (not / to have) much memory and they (not / to be) very powerful. Early computers were often quite expensive and customers often (to pay) thousands of dollars for machines which actually (to do) very little. Most computers (to be) separate, individual machines used mostly as expensive typewriters or for playing games.

Times (to change). Computers (to become) powerful machines with very practical applications. Programmers (to create) a large selection of useful programmes which do everything from teaching foreign languages to bookkeeping. We are still playing video games, but today’s games (to become) faster, more exciting interactive adventures. Many computer users (also / to begin) communicating with other computer users around the world. We (to start) to create international communities online. In short, the simple, individual machines of the past (to evolve) into an international World Wide Web of knowledge.