Freeway - Vol. 2
Unit 3
Violence against women
GRAMMAR PRESENTATION
Tim’s friends organized a big
surprise party to celebrate
his 18th birthday last week.
They had a lot of work, but it
was a success!
Let’s check how they did
that:
What happened first: (a) or (b)?
(a) Tim’s friends had chipped in
before
(b) they bought the present.
When
(a) they chose that party venue,
(b) they had already visited all of
them.
First action:
had + past participle
Tim’s friends had chipped in...
... they had already visited all of them.
Second action: past simple
before they bought the present.
When they chose that venue
Which action lasted longer, (a) or (b)?
(a) John had been trying to tell Tim’s
girlfriend about the party for two days
when
(b) he finally managed to talk to her in
private.
When
(a) they decided on that party venue,
(b) they had been looking for a place
for 2 weeks!
Longer action: had + been + v + ing
John had been trying to tell Tim’s girlfriend
about the party for two days...
... they had been looking for a place for 2 weeks!
Shorter action:
past simple
they decided on that party venue,
he finally managed to talk to her in private.
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