Objectives & Sequence: This lesson is intended to be used as a preview of Grammar 1-3.

Work with a partner. Try to figure out the words that you think are missing in each conversation. Listen to see if you were correct.


A: Hi, Mike. How have you been?

B: I'm good, thanks. What can I do for you?

A: Well, I've ______ a problem with my engine. It's been sounding bad for a few weeks now.

B: I'm sorry to hear that. Let's take a look.


A: What did you do last night?

B: My friend, Andy, ______ a party at his place.

A: Oh really? Who was there?

B: Mostly people from my English class.

A: You got home pretty late? 

B: Yeah, after the party, a few of us went to Mario's Pizzeria to get something to eat.

A: Nice! Well I'm glad you ______ a good time.


A: Have you ever ______ surgery, Jack?

B: Actually, I have. I hurt my shoulder in a car accident a few years ago.

A: Did the surgery fix the problem?

B: It did. My shoulder's fine now.

A: That's good to hear. I'm ______ surgery next week on my injured knee. I'm pretty nervous. It's my first time.

B: Oh, there's nothing to be nervous about. You'll be fine.

friends talking

A: Where are you going?

B: Oh, I've ______ to go home and get dinner before class.

A: You ______ class tonight?

B: Yeah, every Tuesday night. 7 to 10 PM.

A: Well, thanks for coming. See you later.

B: Bye.


With your partner, open this document and practice the conversations. Use the recordings to help you with the pronunciation and intonation of the words. Try to mimic the style of the speakers.