Pre-Intermediate Level >> Grammar Worksheets >> Story/Joke about a friendly penguin also giving practice of pre-intermediate grammar and tenses

The Penguin


One day a husband and wife WERE DRIVING (drive) to the countryside to visit their friends when they realised they needed to stop for petrol.

The man WAS FILLING (fill) the car with petrol when he SAW (see) a penguin standing by a pump. He THOUGHT (think) it was very strange and when he went to the cashier to pay, he asked, 'why is there a penguin standing next to the pump?' The cashier replied, 'I don't know. It HAS BEEN (be) there all morning.' The man replied, 'Well, we can't leave it there, it's too dangerous. He might have an accident. What should I do?' The cashier suggested, 'you should take it to the zoo.' 'That's a good idea,' the man said. 'I 'LL TAKE (take) him now.' So the man and his wife PUT (put) the penguin in the car and DROVE (drive) away.

One week later, the man and his wife RETURNED (return) to the same garage to fill up the car... and the penguin was still in the car. When the man WENT (go) to pay, the cashier said to him, 'I thought you HAD TAKEN/TOOK (take) the penguin to the zoo.'

The man replied, 'we did. It had really good time so tonight, we ARE TAKING (take) him to a fish restaurant.' Premium

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