Talking About the Past In English
In English conversations, especially when introducing yourself to someone for the first time, there is usually an interest shown in understanding who you are by talking about past experiences and past events. Let’s take a look at how to speak in the past.
Cameron and Jake are talking about what they did on the weekend.
Cameron: Hi Jake!
Jake: Hi Cameron! How are you?
Cameron: Good! You don’t look so good. How was your weekend?
Jake: It was great!
Cameron: What did you do?
Jake: I went to my girlfriend’s birthday party. Then I went clubbing with the guys last night. I did not get home ’til 3am in the morning. I am so tired… What did you do on the weekend?
Cameron: My weekend wasn’t as eventful as yours, but it couldn’t be helped. I had to work on two essays that are due today, so I had a lot of writing to do this weekend. However… I took a break and went to the beach yesterday, so it wasn’t all work.
Jake: Well, I have a lecture right now, but I will catch up with you later.
Cameron: Sure! Talk to you then.
Jake: Okay, bye.
Practice talking about past events by making up your own questions. Talk about where you are from, your childhood experiences or what you did last week or weekend. It’s best to practice with a friend.
Question: What did you do last weekend?
Answer: ____________________________________________________________ .
They went: on a nature trail/ siteseeing/to a picnic/partying/to the gym.
I went: home/to a party/basketball game/studied.