Grammar lesson: Childhood memories – past time review

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12 September 2023

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This live event is a free lesson for learning grammar: Childhood memories – past time review (past simple and continuous, past perfect, used to and would).


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Submitted by User_1 on Tue, 12/09/2023 - 15:24


Hello Jo,
Here my task about past time review.

One of my earliest memories was when I was five while I was playing on the beach with my childhood friend.
In summer, we used to live next to the sea, and we would be together all evening until late.
I had been looking forward to summer over the winter, and I felt very excited to see him again.
One day, when we were swimming in the sea, it suddenly started to rain and a huge tide came in. We were scared and crippled by fear.
Luckily, the storm did not last for a long time. After that, we had been playing together all afternoon until it was nearly time to go home.

Please, Could I have your feedback?
Thank you

Hi User_1,

I hope you enjoyed the grammar lesson!

Your text about a childhood memory looks good! I can see that you've used the grammar from the lesson really well. There are a couple of things I'd change. 

I'd say 'In summer, we used to stay...' To stay = to live or be in a place for a short time as a visitor. 'To live' is more permanent.

In the last sentence, you should use the past simple instead of the past perfect. 'After that, we played together ...' Here, we're talking about events in chronological order, not looking back to an earlier point in the past. It started to rain > the tide came in > we were scared > the storm didn't last > we played together.

Does that make sense?

I hope you'll join the next grammar lesson!

Best wishes,

Jo (LearnEnglish team)

Hi Jo,
Thanks for your grammar lessons and for your explanation of my mistakes.
I have released the chronological order of the events, and I appreciate your correction.
Thank you!