Use the storytelling phrases

Use as many of the phrases below as you can to continue the story that your teacher gives you the beginning of (e.g. from an FCE Writing tasks, only speaking for now).

(completely/ somewhat) unexpected(ly)    (dis)appear    (in order) to  
  (in) the (very) next moment  (it looked/ seemed/ appeared) as if/ as though    (much) earlier  
(much/ a little/ a fair while) later (that day/ week/ month)    (right) in the middle of…    previous(ly)  
  (un)surprisinglya (little) while later/ after a (little) while    accidental(ly)/ (by) accident
  after that/ next/ then    almost/ nearly  reach/ arrive/ arrival
as (he had) expected/ predicted/ promised    as if by magicas soon as (the words left my mouth)
at (exactly) the same time/ while    at (just) that momentby (total) coincidence/ coincidentally/ by chance
  became/ got    assume/ assumptionbecause of that/ for that reason  
  by the time…    consequence/ effect  deliberate(ly)/ (on) purpose
despite his/ her/ my/ our/ their (initial) misgivings    at last/ eventually/ in the end  finally
  for (just) a moment/ second    had + been…  found that…
had (already/ just/ nearly) started/ finished(…)    had…  happened  
at once/ immediately/ right away/ straight after    in (actual) fact  in the time it took to…
  glance (at)/ look at/ stare at    it lasted…  had been + v + ing

  it took  
  turned outluckily/ by a stroke of (good) luck/ (good) fortune  
  meanwhile/ in the meantime    lose/ (get) lost    out of the blue
  so  should(n’t) have  manage to/ succeed in  
  so… that…    still  strange(ly)
  all of a sudden/ sudden(ly)  to his/ her/ my/ our/ their (complete) surprise    threat(ened)  
to his/ her/ my/ our/ their relief    (un)fortunately  until
  dread    look forward to  without (any) warning
  warn/ warning    was/ were + v + ing  was passing
  was wearing    was/ were + PPwithout (…) noticing/ realizing
  without thinking  the following/ next…  had never  
  attempt/ trywas/ were (just) about to… (when…)    interrupt/ interruption  
suspect/ suspicion/ suspicious    shine  lose
  the time of… life    fear/ afraid/ fright(en)  shock
  hurry/ rush    relief/ relieved  experience

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Related pages

Storytelling games/ worksheets for EFL learners

Writing stories games/ worksheets for EFL learners

2 Responses to Use the storytelling phrases

  1. KuminKueche says:

    Great post, thanks for sharing!!

  2. alexcase says:

    I should probably point out that this is no longer relevant for FCE Writing, as there are no more stories in Part Two. For more worksheets on storytelling generally see:

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