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Past tense 1


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to write ra----t +
He wrote a letter. Vi-- r------- v------. +
And she wrote a card. Un v--- r------- p--------. +
to read la--t +
He read a magazine. Vi-- l----- i-------- ž------. +
And she read a book. Un v--- l----- g------. +
to take ņe-t +
He took a cigarette. Vi-- p----- c-------. +
She took a piece of chocolate. Vi-- p----- g------- š--------. +
He was disloyal, but she was loyal. Vi-- b--- n---------- b-- v--- b--- u-------. +
He was lazy, but she was hard-working. Vi-- b--- s------ b-- v--- b--- č----. +
He was poor, but she was rich. Vi-- b--- n--------- b-- v--- b--- b-----. +
He had no money, only debts. Vi--- n----- n------ b-- b--- p-----. +
He had no luck, only bad luck. Vi--- n----- l------ b-- b--- n-------. +
He had no success, only failure. Vi--- n----- p-------- b-- b--- n---------. +
He was not satisfied, but dissatisfied. Vi-- n----- a----------- b-- b--- n------------. +
He was not happy, but sad. Vi-- n----- l------- b-- b--- n--------. +
He was not friendly, but unfriendly. Vi-- n----- s---------- b-- b--- n-----------. +

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