Past Simple of be/ Past Continuous/ Times and dates
Tell your partner if you are going to talk about a past year, a date earlier this year or a earlier time today but don’t tell them what time you are thinking of. Give hints like those below until your partner guesses the year, date or time that you are talking about. Every time that they guess, tell them how wrong they are with a hint like “No, it was much earlier” and “No, it was a little later” and give them another hint about things happening at that time. Continue until they guess exactly the right year, day or time, then switch roles and do the same.
Suggested hints about the time
quite a lot
a tiny bit
My big sister
My little sister
My big brother
You and I
|was(n’t)/ were(n’t)||Years||in New York/ Seoul/ Tohoku.
in kindergarten/ nursery school.
in the first/ second/ third/ fourth/ fifth year of school.
|Dates this year||on holiday/ on vacation/ on the beach.
in hospital/ the post office.
having a party.
happy/ cold/ hot/ ill (= sick).
tired/ hungry/ thirsty/ sad/ hot/ cold/ sleepy.
in the bathroom/ bedroom/ toilet/ living room/ garden/ dining room/ kitchen/ toilet
at home – at school.
in a restaurant/ café/ bookshop/ tent/ hotel/ convenience store/ department store/ sports shop.
in the park/ gym/ post office/ cinema.
on the bus/ train.
on the balcony.
doing homework/ studying (…)
getting up – going to bed.
going to school/ work.
going to the supermarket.
having a bath/ having a shower.
having breakfast/ lunch/ dinner.
sitting down – standing up.
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