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Past tense of modal verbs 2


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My son did not want to play with the doll. Mi h--- n- q----- j---- c-- l- m-----. +
My daughter did not want to play football / soccer (am.). Mi h--- n- q----- j---- a- f-----. +
My wife did not want to play chess with me. Mi e----- n- q----- j---- c------ a- a------. +
My children did not want to go for a walk. Mi- h---- n- q------ d-- u- p----. +
They did not want to tidy the room. No q------ o------ l- h---------. +
They did not want to go to bed. No q------ i--- a c---. +
He was not allowed to eat ice cream. Él n- p---- / d---- c---- h------. +
He was not allowed to eat chocolate. No p---- / d---- c---- c--------. +
He was not allowed to eat sweets. No p---- / d---- c---- c--------. +
I was allowed to make a wish. Pu-- p---- u- d----. +
I was allowed to buy myself a dress. Pu-- c------ u- v------. +
I was allowed to take a chocolate. Pu-- c---- u- b-----. +
Were you allowed to smoke in the airplane? ¿P------ f---- e- e- a----? +
Were you allowed to drink beer in the hospital? ¿P------ b---- c------ e- e- h-------? +
Were you allowed to take the dog into the hotel? ¿P------ l----- a- p---- c------ a- h----? +
During the holidays the children were allowed to remain outside late. Du----- l-- v--------- l-- n---- p----- e---- a----- h---- t----. +
They were allowed to play in the yard for a long time. El--- / e---- p----- j---- d------ m---- r--- e- e- p----. +
They were allowed to stay up late. El--- / e---- p----- a-------- t----. +

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