The Last Time... Narrative Tense Review and Guessing Game


Level: Intermediate
Topic: General
Grammar Topic: Verbs and Tenses
Type: Lesson Plans
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Published: 10th Feb 2014

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The last time you… Guessing Game and Narrative Tenses Review
Past Simple, Past Continuous and Past Perfect

Try to make true sentences about your partner with any of the sentences stems below. 
You get one point for each true sentence. Feel free to ask for more details about their 
experiences (or lack of experience) if you like, then switch roles and continue the game. 

The last time you had insomnia, ______________________

The last time you felt really satisfied, ______________________

The last time you had a conversation about religion, ______________________

The last time you felt really annoyed, ______________________

The last time you stood in a long queue, ______________________

When you last felt upset, ______________________

When you last felt fed up, ______________________

When you last felt frustrated, ______________________

When you last felt under pressure, ______________________

The last time you used a microwave, ______________________

The last time you had a lie in, ______________________

The last time you felt shattered (= exhausted= very tired), ______________________

The last time you felt furious, ______________________

The last time you felt absolutely freezing, ______________________

The last time you set off for somewhere before five o’clock in the morning, ___________

The last time someone asked you for a recommendation, ______________________

What tenses did you use in your sentences and why? 

What are the differences between those tenses?

What other tenses might have been possible?

Written by Alex Case for © 2014

Match these possible endings to the sentences above

you were trying to meet a deadline

the person in the next room was snoring loudly all night

you hadn’t seen them for over a year

you hit the person who was irritating you

you had just seen a spider

was in a church

was when you had finished all your end of year exams

you were waiting for a bus

you had been drinking the night before and had a hangover

you were preparing dinner

you had just discovered something your brother or sister had broken

you hadn’t slept for over 24 hours

your pet had died

Identify the tenses above and why they are used each time. 

Could you change any of the tenses above? How would that change the meaning?

Written by Alex Case for © 2014

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