Write about a past event

Niveau A2





Schrijf een stukje over iets wat je hebt meegemaakt.

Let daarbij vooral op het gebruik van de verleden tijd. Zie voorbeeld.

   Minimaal aantal woorden 200.

   Verzin een leuke titel en ga aan de slag.

   Je mag deze opdracht zo vaak doen als je wilt.


Voorbeeld Past Tense


Yesterday, I had a very rough day. I got up early to go shopping, but as soon as I stepped out of the door, it began to rain, so I had to go back to the apartment and get my umbrella. The elevator was out, so I had to climb six flights of stairs to get to my place. When I got back downstairs, I was so exhausted that I had to sit down on a bench to rest. By that time, it had stopped raining, but the ground was still wet. A brown dog came to where I was sitting and begged for something to eat. I tried to ignore him, but he splashed water all over my brand new shoes. Finally, the bus came, and I was on my way to the supermarket.


When I got to the supermarket, I realized I had forgotten my shopping list, so I couldn't remember everything I wanted to buy. The cashier was too busy to help me, so I gathered up a few items and carried them to the counter. After the cashier finished ringing up my purchase, he gave me the wrong change and stuffed my groceries into my small shopping cart. I was not in a good mood when I left the supermarket.


If that wasn't bad enough, I had a terrible time on the bus ride home. First, the bus driver yelled at me because I took too much time to get on. Couldn't he see that I had a cart full of groceries? Then, there were not seats. I'm sure that someone on the bus could have offered me a place to sit, but everyone was so rude. They pretended not to see me. I just stood there, leaned against one of the poles in the aisles, put my head down, and sighed.



   We gebruiken de Past Simple als iets in het verleden gebeurd is.
   Signaalwoorden: last (night), yesterday, in 1980, ago, enz.

   Pete broke a window last night
   I spent all my childhood in Scotland


1. The simple past tense is expressed with the past form of the verb and nothing else.

My grandfather died last year.(Correct)

My grandfather was died last year.(Incorrect)

My grandfather has died last year. (Incorrect)



Specific past action: I ate lunch at noon today. He drove to work yesterday.

Completed action: She finally mailed the letter. Jan finished her report on time.

Past status: John was still single in 1995. Jane was a movie star.


Let op het gebruik van de verleden tijd in het volgende verhaaltje.

Yesterday Mrs. Hubbard had a very rough day. In the morning, she went to the kitchen and looked in the cupboard for some food for her dog, but the cupboard was empty. Her poor dog stared up at her with its hungry eyes, and she knew she had to do something quickly. She hurried to the grocery store to buy some dog food, but unfortunately the store was out of her dog's favorite brand, so she had to catch a bus downtown. After buying the food, she waited for a half hour in the rain to get a taxi. When she finally got home, her dog was sound asleep on the living room sofa.