Day in Autumn
Write the verbs in the past tense: preterite simple
Ten years before Kentucky Fried Chicken – KFC (sell)
its first chicken dinner,
the first MacDonald’s restaurant (open)
Dick and Maurice McDonald (sell)
burgers for 15 cents and milk shakes for 20 cents.
People (not have)
much time for lunch
so they (not want)
to wait long for their meal.
At the first McDonald’s,
customers (can) get
their food in 15 seconds!
the beginning of the cheap fast food.
In 1955 a man called Ray Kroc (become)
an agent for McDonald’s
opening restaurants in other states.
The McDonald brothers (not be)
and so Ray Kroc (buy)
the company for 2.7 million dollars in 1961.
In the sixties he (open)
over 1,000 new restaurants and now there are more than 25,000 McDonald’s in over 120 countries.
Watermelon in a watercolour
detail of a painting by James Tissot, curtesy of Museum of L’Hermitage, Lausanne