homework about narrative tenses

We were given a sheet with an exercise about narrative tenses, the grammar topic of lesson 5A we are taking.

a Read the first part of the story and find examples of each (narrative) tense: the past perfect, the past perfec continuous, the past continuous.

NOTE: I’m going to underline them.

The most embarrassing moment of my life …

When I was about nine years old I used to go to the cinema every Saturday morning. After the film had finished, I would go to a toy shop and look at model plains and trains and sometimes I bought them with the pocket money that I had been carefully saying. One day after the film I went to a big department store to have a look at the model planes they had. I didn’t buy anything, but as I was leaving a very large man grabbed ny arm quite violently and accused me of shoplifting. The man said that he was a store detective. As I had been concentrating, I hadn’t noticed that he had been watching me. He made me empty my pockets and he went through my coat, searching for stolen goods, even though I told him very clearly that I had only been looking. Of course, he didn’t find anything but by this time several people had stopped to see what was happening. I felt very embarrassed and humiliated that so many people were looking at me and I was very glad to leave the shop when it was all over.

b Complete the second part of the story with the correct form of the verbs in brackets: past simple, past continuous, past perfect, or past perfect continuous.

An hour or so later, when my family (1) ____was having____ (have) lunch at home, my father (2) ____asked____ (ask) me about the film. I then (3) ____mentioned____ (mention) that I (4) ____had been looking____ (look) at toys in a department store when a store detective (5) ____accused____ (accuse) me of shoplifting and (6) ____searched____ (search) me in the middle of the shop. My father (7) ____made____ (make) me repeat what I (8) ____had said____ (say), and then immediately (9) ____jumped up____ (jump up) from the table. Without either of us having finished our lunch, he (10) ____made____ (make) me get into the car. I (11) ____‘d never seen____ (never see) my father so angry! He (12) ____drove____ (drive) quickly to the store, (13) ____parked____ (park) outside and marched me to where the incident (14) ____had taken place____ (take place). He then demanded to see the manager and the store detective. When the manager (15) ____came____ (come) , my father (16) ____started____ (start) shouting at him and he told him that I (17) ____had never stolen____ (never steal) anything in my life. He (18) ____made____ (make) the manager and store detective apologize to me for having accused me of shoplifting, and for embarrassing me. Bu the thing is, I (19) ____found____ this scene even more embarrassing than the first one, especially as I could see that a lot of customers (20) ____had stopped_____ (stop) and (21) ____were watching____ (watch) us.


4 comentarios sobre “homework about narrative tenses

  1. In the exercise above, which we have done in class today, a new tense was introduced. This was Past perfect continuous.

    We use the past perfect continuous to talk about actions or events that were in progress before or up to a certain point in the past.

    I returned to my chair and arranged myself as I had been sitting before.

    1 We do not use the past perfect continuous to talk about a completed action. We use the past perfect simple.

    He had finished the painting.
    (Not he had been finishing the painting.)

    2 Stative verbs are not used in the past perfect continuous.

    She had not been with the family long.
    (Not She had not been being with the family long.)


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