ESL BLUE(s)   A good time to be away: past tense passive   

Inspector Coderre has just returned from a two-month break. A colleague is telling him about some of the crimes that were committed during his absence.

Instructions: Fill the blanks in the following sentences with the correct form of the verb in parentheses. Look at the model:
  • A few criminals were caught in the act. They confessed their crimes, were found guilty and were convicted.   catch   find   convict

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A police car ____________ from a police station parking lot.   steal (Click for feedback on all highlighted verbs)
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It ____________ the next day half-submerged in Lake Ontario.   find
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A government building _______ on fire.   set
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Luckily, however, the fire created a lot of smoke. This _______ by a woman walking her dog, who dialled 911 on her cell phone.   spot
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Two fire trucks _______ to the burning building...    send
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... and the fire ____________ under control before it could do too much damage.   bring
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In another incident a bank ____________ at gunpoint.   rob
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Two customers _______ hostage.   take
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The robbers got away, but at least the hostages ___________.   free
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There were many traffic violations. One motorist _______ a $600 fine for driving through a school zone at 120 kms. an hour.   give
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In the downtown area posters announcing a rock concert _________ on all the bus shelters.    stick
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Bus passengers _________ by this lack of respect for public property.   infuriate
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New anti-smoking legislation was enacted to protect the public. Smoking _________ in all public buildings.   forbid
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In early January the city _________ by a heavy snowstorm.   hit
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Everyone, including the city maintenance department, _________ by surprise.   take
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The city was not equipped for such a storm, and most people _______ to fend for themselves.   leave
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In fact, little _________ to alleviate the problem in the days that followed the storm.   do
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The mayor tried to defend his administration, but he and the city council _______ as incompetent by most of the population.   see
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It _______ at the time that the main problem was budget cuts. After several years without any major snowstorms, the administration had cut the snow-clearing budget.   think
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Eventually, the mayor called in the army to help clear the streets. In interviews with the media, he _______ to feel ridiculous for having gone to such extremes to solve the city's problems.    made
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