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Practical English - Intermediate

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  1. Unit 1 - The World is Yours
    Can I Ask You a Question?
    3 Quizzes
  2. Eight Vital Tenses
    2 Quizzes
  3. Forming All Types of Sentences
    3 Quizzes
  4. Making Conversation
    3 Quizzes
  5. Small Talk, Big Talk
    4 Quizzes
  6. Playing with Words
    4 Quizzes
  7. Everyday Vocabulary
    2 Quizzes
  8. Skills - Unit 1
    4 Quizzes
  9. Unit 2 - A Few of My Favourite Things
    What Makes Me Happy...
    2 Quizzes
  10. No Time Like the Present
    2 Quizzes
  11. I love what I do!
    3 Quizzes
  12. My job, my passion
    3 Quizzes
  13. My favourite activities
    3 Quizzes
  14. More than a number
  15. Skills - Unit 2
    7 Quizzes
  16. Unit 3 - Story Time
    Mastering the past
    3 Quizzes
  17. Androcles and the lion
    3 Quizzes
  18. My busy schedule
    3 Quizzes
  19. One Artist, One Passion
    4 Quizzes
  20. Talking about the media you love
    3 Quizzes
  21. Skills - Unit 3
    8 Quizzes

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Lesson 18 of 21
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My busy schedule

In this lesson we’re looking at using multiple past tenses in English.

We’ll look at a schedule and express the information using the Past Simple and the Past Continuous. We’ll also have a look at the three ways that we pronounce +ED.

Have fun with the lesson, and don’t forget to try the quizzes.

– James.

Lesson Contents

The past simple and continuous in use

This was Sarah’s schedule for yesterday :

09:00 – 09:45 – had morning meeting 
11:30 – 13:00 – ate lunch with Mr Jones 
14:15 – 15:30 – worked on presentation 
16:00 – 18:30 – Played golf with Mary and Chris

When talking about these activities, the past simple means “She started to do this action at this time”:

What did she do at 2:15 – She worked on her presentation.

At 4 p.m she played golf.

The past continuous means “I was in the middle of this action at this time”:

At 9:30 she was having a meeting.

What was she doing at 3 p.m? – She was working on her presentation.

Match the halves of the sentences about the schedules below, imagine that the actions in the schedule happened yesterday. Use the past simple or past continuous.

Make sentences that talk about schedules in this quiz. The sentences will either be in past simple or past continuous. Remember that expressions like “at 4 p.m” can be placed at the beginning or the end of the sentence.

Pronouncing +ED

There are three ways of pronouncing the +ed at the end of regular verbs. Have a look at the table and practice pronouncing the verbs.

  • /t/


  • /d/


  • /ɪd/


Read the verbs out loud and select the correct pronunciation of +ed.

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