Pre-Intermediate Level >> Grammar Worksheets >> Short reading about an old man and his experiences. Following exercise where students have to provide the questions to the given answers. Present Perfect.

The Old Colonel


I think I have had a very interesting life. I'm 73 now and I don't work anymore. I was in the army for 51 years. I retired when I was 69. I have been to so many countries that I can't remember all of them. I've been to Australia six or seven times and to South Africa three times. I have also been once to Russia but I didn't like it at all: much too cold for me!

They say that love is the greatest thing and I agree. I've been married four times but never for more than five years. I don't think women really understand me!

I've never been on television, but I've been on the radio once. It was a programme about life in the military about twenty years ago. I met the Prime Minister on the same day. Actually, I've met a lot of famous people: members of the royal family, famous politicians and also famous cinema and television personalities. I've never met the American President though which is a pity.

Because I've travelled a lot, I've seen a lot of wonderful things and have also eaten and drunk some strange foods and drinks. I ate cat and rat in India and drank something called Mirto on a little island in Italy many years ago.

Now write the questions for these answers:


Q: What job did he do before retiring?

A: He worked in the army.


A For 51 years.


A: Six or seven times.


A: No, he didn't. It was too cold.


A: Because women don't understand him.


A: Yes, he has. But never on TV.


A: When he was on the radio.


A: No, he hasn't, but he wants to.


A: In India.


A: Yes, he has. In Italy. Premium

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