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Narrative tenses

Past simple, past perfect and past continuous
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Elena Longo

on 10 October 2012

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Transcript of Narrative tenses

NARRATIVE TENSES Past simple, past continuous
and past perfect IT DESCRIBES THE MAIN
EVENTS IN A
PAST NARRATIVE PAST SIMPLE I called the police and they
arrived more or less
straight away (First) he got up and (then)
he left the room Use the past simple to talk about
consecutive actions in the past PAST CONTINUOUS IT DESCRIBES LONG ACTIONS
THAT ARE HAPPENING BEFORE,
DURING AND AFTER THE MAIN
EVENTS WHEN THEY GOT HOME
EVERYONE WAS WAITING
TO GREET THEM IT IS ALSO USED TO "SET
THE SCENE"
AT THE BEGINNING
OF A STORY IT WAS RAINING AND THE
FAMILY WAS HAVING BREAKFAST.
SUDDENLY.... PAST PERFECT IT DESCRIBES EVENTS BEFORE
THE EVENTS IN THE MAIN NARRATIVE The suspects had
disappeared
when the police
arrived IT IS THE "PAST
OF THE PAST"
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