A murder in Beverly Hills

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a presentation on the past continuous with explanation, exercises and a communicative game to be played in groups.

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A murder in Beverly Hills

  1. 1. The past continuous <ul><li>We use the past continuous to: </li></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><ul><li>Describe an action in progress at a time in the past: </li></ul></ul><ul><li>I didn’t hear you come in because I was sleeping . </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><ul><li>Describe a past temporary /changing situation: </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Her illness was becoming more serious as time went by . </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><ul><li>Express an action which is interrupted by another action. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>They were crossing the bridge when their car broke down. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Provide the background to a story narrated in the past. </li></ul><ul><li>Night was falling and it was raining. Nick felt extremely miserable. </li></ul>
  6. 6. SOME EXERCISES <ul><li>I …..(live) in Edinburgh when I … ( meet) my husband . </li></ul><ul><li>Our team …. (play). We … (win) at half time, but in the end we …(lose) 3-2. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>I’m worn out. The baby … (cough) all night long and we … (not get) any sleep. </li></ul><ul><li>Jack … (play) happily with his toys when his big brother … (hit) him on the head and …( maKe) him cry. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>I …(not think) of having a birthday party but now I’m glad I …( have) one. </li></ul><ul><li>Roger …(water) the flowers when he … (hear) a loud buzzing sound and an enormous bee ...( appear) </li></ul><ul><li>and …(sting) him on the nose. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>It …(snow) when I got up this morning. The children next door …(make) a snow man, so I quickly … ( put on) some warm clothes and … (run) outside to help them. </li></ul>
  10. 10. KEY TO EXERCISES <ul><li>I was living in Edinburgh when I met my husband . </li></ul><ul><li>Our team was playing. We were winning at half time, but in the end we lost 3-2. </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>I’m worn out. The baby was coughing all night long and we didn’t get any sleep. </li></ul><ul><li>Jack was playing happily with his toys when his big brother hit him on the head and made him cry. </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>I wasn’t thinking of having a birthday party but now I’m glad I had one. </li></ul><ul><li>Roger was watering the flowers when he heard a loud buzzing sound and an enormous bee appeared and stung him on the nose. </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>It was snowing when I got up this morning. The children next door were making a snow man, so I quickly put on some warm clothes and ran outside to help them. </li></ul>
  14. 14. A murder in Beverly Hills
  15. 15. <ul><li>Last Saturday at 7 o’clock in the evening a famous actress was murdered in her mansion in Beverly Hills. One of her friends was in the mansion with the actress and he or she must be the murderer. </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>You’re all friends of the actress’s. After the funeral you meet together to find out who the murderer is. Ask questions to the other people about what they were doing last Saturday at 7 o’clock in the evening. </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Someone was watching a film at the cinema. </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>Someone was shopping. </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>Someone was having a meal. </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>Someone was studying French. </li></ul>Oui, tres bien!
  21. 21. <ul><li>Someone was practising in a band. </li></ul>
  22. 22. <ul><li>Someone was playing a sport. </li></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>Someone was watching a play at the theatre. </li></ul>
  24. 24. <ul><li>Someone was having a dance class. </li></ul>
  25. 25. <ul><li>Someone was driving somewhere. </li></ul>
  26. 26. <ul><li>Someone was killing the actress . </li></ul>

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