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About Narrative Tenses
When we are telling the story in the past we can use a variety of narrative tenses.
• We use the past simple to talk about the main events of the story: The audiencewatched the live broadcast in horror.
• We use the past continuous to describe other events and actions that were in progress at the time of events: A woman was lying on a surgical table.
• Weuse the past perfect to show that a past action took place before another past action: Frida had finished school and was travelling home when her bus crashed.
was travelling
|-------------->|---------------X---------------X---------------X------>
< ---past ^ ^ now
finished school crashed
Exercises
1 Read the following article, choose the best verb formsto complete the text and the best headline: Artist turns off the tap or Water protest to end.
Artist Mark McGowan (1) said/had said that he (2) was expecting/had expected his exhibition ‘The runningtap’ at the House Gallery in south-east London, to close in the next few days.
The exhibition (3) started/was starting one month ago when Mark (4) opened/was opening a tap in the kitchen area of thegallery and (5) left/had left it running. McGowan (6) intended/had intended to leave the tap running for a year, but after receiving a letter from the Times Water Authority, the gallery owners (7)were thinking/had thought about shutting the exhibition down. The exhibition (8) was waiting/has wasted over 700 litres of water every hour, and over half a million litres (9) were already/had alreadybeen used.
McGowan (10) was designing/had designed his artwork to draw attention to the way that people waste water.
ANSWERS
Artist Mark McGowan (1) said/had said that he (2) was expecting/hadexpected his exhibition ‘The running tap’ at the House Gallery in south-east London, to close in the next few days.
The exhibition (3) started/was starting one month ago when Mark (4) opened/was opening...
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