Christmas and New Year past tenses mimes and speaking
Past Continuous, Past Simple and Present Perfect practice/ Cultural differences
Choose one of the actions below and mime it for your partner. Whenever they think they know which you’re miming, you should stop and they will say what you were doing.
Continue the same game, but not looking at the list below, then with your own ideas.
Choose one of the things below and give your partner clues about which one you are thinking about by telling them about you and that thing in the past, e.g. “I have done this once or twice” “I didn’t do this last Xmas” or “I last did this 3 weeks ago”.
Continue, but with other things you typically do at Xmas and New Year.
Why did you use the Past Continuous (was/were + v+ing, e.g. “You were kissing people”) for the mimes, but the Present Perfect (has/ have + past participle, e.g. “I have never kissed someone on Xmas Day”) and the Past Simple (e.g. “I last kissed someone 10 minutes ago”) for the other statements.
Which tense above is used with each of the following time clauses?
- two years ago
- twice (in my life)
- at this time last year
- when my mother came in and interrupted me
- on Xmas Day
- when the clock struck 12
(When I said ‘stop’)
You were visiting people
You were shopping
You were doing a spring clean
You were watching a movie
You were skating
You were skiing
You were sledging
You were cracking nuts
You were carving meat
You were eating sweets
You were decorating your house
You were opening a gift
You were ripping the wrapping paper off a gift
You were writing cards
You were praying
You were putting on a hat
You were singing Xmas songs
You were playing a musical instrument
It was snowing
You were opening a bottle of champagne
You were cutting a cake into slices
You were pouring gravy on your dinner
You were putting some meat into the oven
You were lighting a firework
You were working
You were travelling by train
You were dressing up in a Santa Claus costume
You were kissing someone on the cheek
You were putting gifts into a stocking (= a sock)
You were putting gifts into a shoe
You were eating a fish
You were lighting candles.
You were putting decorations on a cake.
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