British Council - Talking about the past. 1 Talking about past events and situations: We use the past simple: when we are talking about an event that happened at a particular time in the past We arrived home before dark The film started at seven thirty. when we are talking about something that continued for some time in the past Everybody worked hard through the winter. We stayed with our friends in London. When we are talking about something that happened several times in the past we use the past simple: Most evenings we stayed at home and watched DVDs. . … or used to Most evenings we used to stay at home and watch DVDs. ... or would Most evenings he would take the dog for a walk.
WARNING: We do not normally use would with stative verbs. We use the past continuous: when we are talking about something which happened before and after a given time in the past It was just after ten. When we are talking about something happening before and after another action in the past: He broke his leg when he was playing rugby. 2 The past in the past. English Grammar Today on Cambridge Dictionary - Past. Pronunciation of ‘ed’ Verb Endings. BBC Learning English - Lower Intermediate Unit 6 - Past Simple. BBC Learning English - Lower Intermediate Unit 7 - Past Simple & Continuous. BBC Learning English: The Grammar Gameshow Unit 1, Session 10 (Past Continuous)
BBC Learning English: The Grammar Gameshow Unit 1, Session 14 (Past Perfect) BBC Learning English - Intermediate Unit 7 - Past Perfect. BBC Learning English - Intermediate Unit 14 - Past perfect continuous. BBC Learning English - Intermediate Unit 20 - Narrative tenses. BBC Learning English - Upper-int Unit 26 - Narrative tenses. BBC Learning English - Towards Advanced Unit 3 - Using the present to talk about the past. BBC Learning English - Towards Advanced Unit 8 - Past tenses for present or future. Johnny Grammar - Talking about the past.
Study English: recounts and opposites. Transcript MARGOT POLITISHello. I'm Margot Politis. Welcome to Study English, IELTS preparation. Today we're going to look at ways to talk about something that's happened in the past, and we'll also have a look at ways to form compound and complex sentences. Narrative Tenses: Where were you when…? Image credit: www.biography.com This is a lesson plan designed to help students practice past narrative tenses. The topic is remembering where you were when big events happened. Download the teacher’s notes and student handout below: Where were you when student handout Where were you when Teachers notes Lead-in Show image of MJ. Dictogloss Procedure: Ask sts: How did Michael Jackson die? I was at a festival when I heard that Michael Jackson had died.
Guided Questions: There are three different past tenses in the text, can you identify them? The Day the Towers Came Down. I was at school when I ______(hear) that terrorists __________(attack) the World Trade Centre. I was at school when I heard that terrorists had attacked the World Trade Centre. Show sts the pictures of important world events, have them choose one and write a short text about what they were doing when they heard about the news.Have sts read out their texts and share their own experiences in open class.
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