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Transcript of Narrative tenses.NI1
Past simple, past continuous,
past perfect simple
The object of this climbing to the summit is to be able to
narrate a story
using different verb tenses.
PAST SIMPLE, PAST CONTINUOUS, AND PAST PREFECT SIMPLE
NOW IT'S TIME TO TELL A STORY.
Do you think you can continue my story?
In pairs, write a short story.
We refer to
finished events in the past
, mainly when we think about a definite time.
Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928.
Yesterday my sister cooked the best lasagna I've ever had.
We also use it to
describe events in a story
habits and routines
in the past.
As soon as the post officer delivered the parcel, Jacob opened it curiosly to find that it was a birthday present.
My daughter played the violin until she started secondary school.
It expresses that the idea was
in the past.
When Eli arrived home, her husband was cooking dinner.
lasted a long time
Last week my husband was working more than 10 hours a day.
The action was
but it was
My sister was living in Madrid for several years before she moved to La Palma.
It's used to
describe the setting
When I got to the office, everybody was doing something. My boss was was speaking on the phone, Alice was printing some documents, Jason was having a coffee with Roger and Loren was chatting with her mobile phone as usual.
Combining PAST SIMPLE and CONTINUOUS
PAST SIMPLE VERBS
When we have several past simple verbs one after the other, we narrate
in chronological order
I left my house in the morning and took my children to school. After having left them there, I went to my office and started my working day.
TWO PAST CONTINUOUS
Two things were happening
at the same time
While I was writing your email, the children were doing their homework.
PAST SIMPLE AND PAST CONTINUOUS
An action was in progress when it was interrupted by a shorter action.
Patricia was listening to the radio in the kitchen when she heard about the train accident.
It's mainly used when it's important to make it clear that
an event in the past happened before another
or it was
completed before the second one began
Eventually, we arrived in San Francisco but it had taken us almost a whole day to get there.
The exam had already started when Lizzy finally got to class after an hour waiting at a traffic jam.
When I tried to use my laptop, I realized the battery had run down.
The past perfect is the
past of the past
NOW OUR STORY...
Thursday morning and
up rather early since I
lots of homework to do. While I
the story my teacher
me to write, the phone
. To my surprise, it
my classmate, Oliver, who
to tell me something absolutely surprising.
A month before, we
to buy some lottery tickets after having discussed about what we would do if we
By Mary Luz Castro