The National Motor Company

There is a village. It is outside the city. It is outside the city but it is close to the city. It is quite close to the city. In the village there was an old man. He was an old man but he did not look old. He did not look old because he was active. He was very active. The old man kept his mind active. He kept his mind active by designing things and drawing things. He was an engineer. He was an engineer and a designer. He lived in a large house. He had lived in many countries and he had traveled around the world but now he lived in a large house. He lived in a large house outside the village and he had a workshop in his house. The workshop was at the front of the house. He built a car in the workshop. It was an electric car. The old man built an electric car. The old man designed and built an electric car all by himself. He designed and built an electric car all by himself and he drove it around the city.
There was a policeman. He was sitting on his motor cycle. He was sitting on his motorcycle by a busy intersection. He was sitting on his motorcycle by a busy intersection and he was watching the traffic. He was looking for people who were speeding. He was looking for people who were driving dangerously. He was looking for people who were driving unregistered vehicles.
An old man came past in an unusual car. The car was silent. It was an electric car. It was a sports car. It was a beautiful sleek sports car and it was totally silent. The car had no registration plates. It was not registered. The car was not registered. It was an unregistered car. It was an unregistered vehicle. The policeman started his motorcycle. He started his motorcycle and he pulled into the traffic. He followed the electric car. He followed the electric car and he came up beside it. He came up beside the electric car and he flashed his light. The electric car pulled over. The old man got out. The old man talked to the policeman. The policeman laughed. The old man laughed. The policeman got on his bike and he rode away.
The next day the head of the police came to the old man’s house. He talked to the old man. They drank tea and they chatted happily in the morning sunshine. It was a beautiful day. The two men were both old. They were old men and they were old friends. They had gone to school together. They had gone to school together and the old man had been a senior when the police chief had been a junior. Now the police chief was the police chief and the old man was a retired engineer. The situation was different. It had changed. The situation had changed. It was a different situation. It was a new world. The two old men looked at each other. They looked at each other and for a moment they felt old. For a moment they felt old then they both smiled and they felt young again. They felt young again and they looked young again. The two men separated.
The next day a rich man came to the old man’s house. He was a factory owner. He talked to the old man. He talked to the old man about cars. They talked about cars and factories and money. Two weeks later the old man supervised the construction of a car. It was built in one of the rich man’s factories. The rich man owned many factories.
The car was a success. It was an electric car. It was clean and safe and fast and cheap. The factory produced many electric cars. It produced many electric cars and it sold them. It sold them to people in the city. Soon everybody in the city had an electric car. They were all clean and silent so people put bells on them to warn people when they were coming. The city became a city of bells and fresh air instead of a city of pollution and the honking horns of petrol automobiles. Everybody was happy. Everybody was happy but the story did not end there.
The old man was sitting in front of his house in his workshop with the factory owner and the police chief. They were drinking tea and eating biscuits. There was a table in the workshop and there were three chairs. The old man and the police chief and the businessman were friends. They did business together and they were friends.
A car pulled up outside the old man’s house. It was a representative of the National Motor Company. He came into the workshop. The old man called for another chair. His eldest daughter brought another chair. The head of the National Motor Company sat on the chair. The old man’s eldest daughter brought a cup. The head of the National Motor Company drank tea and ate biscuits. The four men talked.
The National Motor Company had a business agreement with the government of the city. This agreement was to protect people who worked in the motor industry. The number of car dealers in the city was limited. The number of cars in the city was limited. The number of registration plates in the city was limited. This was the law. This was how it worked. This was how it all worked. That was how it was.
The rich businessman and the old man had to close their factory. They had to close their factory because the National Motor Company had bought the right to trade exclusively in this city. The Head of the National Motor Company offered to buy the factory from the rich businessman. He offered to buy all the cars from the rich businessman. The Police Chief said that he had to sell them. The rich businessman sold his factory and all of his cars to the National Motor Company. The National Motor Company put its own brand on the cars. The letters NMC were printed on every car. The cars were beautiful. Then cars were fast. The cars were clean. The cars were safe. The cars had bells on them. They were National Motor Company electric cars.

Activity – Role play and Dialogue Creation

1. Read
2. Insert Conversations or dialogues
(i) the retired engineer and the traffic policeman
Good afternoon, Sir. Do you have a driver’s license? Do you have any registration papers?
(ii) the retired engineer and the police chief
I received a report that …
(iii) the retired engineer and the wealthy businessman
I have a proposition for you.
(iv) the retired engineer and the wealthy businessman and the head of the National Motor Company.
I am afraid what you are doing is against the law.

Interactive Story – “be” verbs

There is a village. Is there a post office in the village? It is outside the city. Is the city old? It is outside the city but it is close to the city. How many kilometres is it from the city centre? It is quite close to the city. In the village there was an old man. Was he tall? He was an old man but he did not look old. He did not look old because he was active. Was he muscular? He was very active. Was he physically fit? The old man kept his mind active. Is the mind in the brain? He kept his mind active by designing things and drawing things. Was he a good draftsman? He was an engineer. Was he a pilot too? He was an engineer and a designer. Was he an architect? He lived in a large house. Was his house a two storey house? He had lived in many countries and he had traveled around the world but now he lived in a large house. was it a brick house? He lived in a large house outside the village and he had a workshop in his house. Was there a door between the workshop and the main house? The workshop was at the front of the house. Was it a clean working area? He built a car in the workshop. Are you the holder of a driver’s license? It was an electric car. Is electricity expensive? The old man built an electric car. Was he completely happy with his design? The old man designed and built an electric car all by himself. Was he satisfied with the finished product? He designed and built an electric car all by himself and he drove it around the city. Were there trees beside the road in that city?

Interactive Story – Past Simple Tense – do/did

There was a policeman. Did he have a new uniform on? He was sitting on his motor cycle. Was it a BMW? He was sitting on his motorcycle by a busy intersection. Did he have a helmet on? He was sitting on his motorcycle by a busy intersection and he was watching the traffic. Did he like this job? He was looking for people who were speeding. Did he speed himself sometimes? He was looking for people who were driving dangerously. Did he always drive safely? He was looking for people who were driving unregistered vehicles. Did he have a car at home?
An old man came past in an unusual car. Did it have a roof? The car was silent. Did it have lights? It was an electric car. Is thermal-electricity expensive? It was a sports car. What sport did the policeman play? What sport do you play? It was a beautiful sleek sports car and it was totally silent. Did the policemen have a silencer on his gun? The car had no registration plates. Did it have a muffler? It was not registered. Was it safe? The car was not registered. Did it have a steering wheel or a steering handle? It was an unregistered car. Are private cars efficient? It was an unregistered vehicle. Did the engineer have another car? The policeman started his motorcycle. Did he rev it loud? He started his motorcycle and he pulled into the traffic. Did the traffic part for him immediately? He followed the electric car. Did he call anybody on the radio? He followed the electric car and he came up beside it. Did he have to speed to catch the electric car? He came up beside the electric car and he flashed his light. Did he put his siren on? The electric car pulled over. Are you wearing a pullover?

Interactive Story – Past Continuous Tense

The old man got out. Was he wearing his shoes? The old man talked to the policeman. Was the policeman wearing boots? The policeman laughed. Did he laugh loudly? The old man laughed. Was his laughter infectious? The policeman got on his bike and he rode away. Where was he going?
The next day the head of the police came to the old man’s house. Was he wearing his uniform? He talked to the old man. What was the old man doing when the chief of police arrived? They drank tea and they chatted happily in the morning sunshine. Were they wearing hats?

Interactive Story – Past Perfect Tense

It was a beautiful day. Had it rained that morning? The two men were both old. Had they lost some hair on top? They were old men and they were old friends. Had they gone gray? They had gone to school together. Had they played sport together? They had gone to school together and the old man had been a senior when the police chief had been a junior. Had they been on good terms at school? Now the police chief was the police chief and the old man was a retired engineer. The situation was different. It had changed. The situation had changed. It was a different situation. It was a new world. The two old men looked at each other. They looked at each other and for a moment they felt old. For a moment they felt old then they both smiled and they felt young again. They felt young again and they looked young again. What do you think happened next? The two men separated.

Interactive Story – Mixed Patterns

The next day a rich man came to the old man’s house. Was he driven there or did he drive there himself? Had he been there before? He was a factory owner. How long had he been a factory owner? He talked to the old man. Did they drink coffee? He talked to the old man about cars. Did the old man have a motorcycle? They talked about cars and factories and money. How many bank accounts do you have? Two weeks later the old man supervised the construction of a car. Had he ever done this before?

Interactive Story – Passive Voice

It was built in one of the rich man’s factories. Were the workers well-paid? The rich man owned many factories. Were they located in the same city? The car was a success. Was it reviewed by auto magazines? It was an electric car. Was it fitted with a lot of batteries? It was clean and safe and fast and cheap. How was it tested? The factory produced many electric cars. Were they produced on an assembly line? It produced many electric cars and it sold them. Were they sold by car dealers or electrical appliance outlets? It sold them to people in the city. Were they sold at a reduced price for people on old age pensions? Soon everybody in the city had an electric car. Was an electric car club formed? They were all clean and silent so people put bells on them to warn other people when they were coming. Were the bells installed on the steering wheel or at the side of the car? The city became a city of bells and fresh air instead of a city of pollution and the honking horns of petrol automobiles. Were the bells operated by a button? Everybody was happy. Was the air quality in the city improved? Everybody was happy but the story did not end there.

Interactive Story – Mixed Patterns

The old man was sitting in front of his house in his workshop with the factory owner and the police chief. Were they sitting on comfortable chairs? They were drinking tea and eating biscuits. Were they eating sweet biscuits or savoury biscuits? There was a table in the workshop and there were three chairs. Were there any bears on the chairs? The old man and the police chief and the businessman were friends. How long had they known each other? They did business together and they were friends. Had they gone to school together?
A car pulled up outside the old man’s house. Was it driven by a chauffeur? It was a representative of the National Motor Company. Was he sent by the CEO? He came into the workshop. Did he take off his hat? The old man called for another chair. Did he look happy? His eldest daughter brought another chair. Was it a metal chair? The head of the National Motor Company sat on the chair. How long had he had his job? The old man’s eldest daughter brought a cup. Had she lived in this house her whole life? The head of the National Motor Company drank tea and ate biscuits. Were the biscuits made in Switzerland? The four men talked. Did they crack jokes?
The National Motor Company had a business agreement with the government of the city. Was it a legally binding agreement? This agreement was to protect people who worked in the motor industry. Was the motor industry a large employer? The number of car dealers in the city was limited. How many people were employed by the motor industry? The number of cars in the city was limited. Was the number of parking spaces expected to increase? The number of registration plates in the city was limited. Was the cost of registration high? This was the law. Was it strictly enforced? This was how it worked. This was how it all worked. That was how it was. Had it always been this way?
The rich businessman and the old man had to close their factory. Were they required by law to close? They had to close their factory because the National Motor Company had bought the right to trade exclusively in this city. Was the old man disappointed? The Head of the National Motor Company offered to buy the factory from the rich businessman. Was the rich businessman pleased by this offer? He offered to buy all the cars from the rich businessman. Did the businessman argue about the price? The Police Chief said that he had to sell them. Did the policeman have a duty to enforce the law? The rich businessman sold his factory and all of his cars to the National Motor Company. Were they sold for a reasonable price? The National Motor Company put its own brand on the cars. Was it designed by an in-house designer? The letters NMC were printed on every car. Were they in black? The cars were beautiful. Were they fuel efficient? Then cars were fast. Were they fast enough to compete with petrol-driven vehicles? The cars were clean. Were they completely pollution free? The cars were safe. Is the wearing of safety belts common in your town? The cars had bells on them. Have you ever rung a church bell or a temple bell? They were National Motor Company electric cars. Was the design still owned by the old man? Do big companies always win in the end?


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5 Responses to “The National Motor Company”

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  1. Tarun says:

    Hi, I think interactive stories are the best way to practice. I read the “to be verb interactive story” and have a query.here is the few lines from the story.

    “He had lived in many countries and he had travelled around the world but now he lived in a large house. ”

    Do you think the following sentence is consistent where now is used with past tense.? Please clarify.
    Thanks

  2. Joe says:

    Propaganda

  3. Deepak says:

    superb yar

  4. Armando S Simeon says:

    Amazing its Great

  5. Armando S Simeon says:

    okay fine

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