6. Sequence Time

6. Sequence Time

Tim talks about his day with Ravi.

Main Practice:  Sequence and Time
Revision:             pretty + good / bad - How did X go?

as soon as  -  immediately.
  • As soon as I get home I must start cooking dinner.
  • As soon as you've spoken to him give me a call.

after that / then - the next thing that was done, i.e.
  • I played table tennis with John and after that I slept for an hour.
  • We went to the park. Then we went to a movie.

in the end - eventually, after a sequence of events
  • Chris wanted to go to a party, Hannah wanted to go to a disco and I wanted
    to relax on the beach. In the end, we stayed home and watched TV.

while - links two things happening at the same time
  • While you make the pasta I'll prepare the salad. 
  • It began snowing while they were walking home. 

fence - a barrier, made of wire or wood, around a garden or other area of land

how did X go? - (informal) asking what happened with a situation or event,
                                (Present possible too) i.e.
  • How did the party go?
  • How did his job interview go?
  • How's your job going?

mum - mother

pretty + good / bad - (*colloquial) makes the adjective stronger, almost as strong as 'very', i.e.
  • He's a pretty good tennis player.
  • My exam grade was  pretty bad.

that sounds - expression to give an opinion on what you have heard someone say.
                           Can be followed by like or an adjective i.e.
- After a walk along the beach we went to a movie and then had dinner at a fantastic  
   Chinese restaurant.
- Well, it sounds like you had a great evening.

- Let's leave at nine and get something to eat in town before we catch the train.
- That sounds fine.

weeds - wild plants growing where they are not wanted.
Tim tell his mum about his day working for Ravi's mother. 

Complete the sentences. 

Sam:  Hi, Tim, did you have a good day?

Tim:  Yeah, pretty good.

Sam:  How did the gardening go?

Tim:  Well, I got there it started raining so we did some homework
            and then, because it was still raining, we watched a movie.

Sam:  Did you do any gardening?

Tim:  Sure, I cut the grass Ravi dug up the weeds. * his mum
            wanted us to clean the paths and we'd finished doing that she
            asked us to mend the garden fence.

Sam:  That sounds like a lot of work.

Tim:  It took us all afternoon. So Ravi said his mum should give us ten pounds
           each but she said no. So then Ravi said eight pounds and
           she gave us seven each.

Sam:  All right, well, that sounds fair.

Tim:  Yeah, we were happy with that.

* then could also be used here.


Complete the sentences.

Remember: use capital letters where necessary.

while  -  in the end  -  as soon as  -  then

1.  Well, we got to the hotel Ben fell asleep. So me and Jan
     explored the town and  ate dinner at a great local restaurant.

2.   Pat did the shopping I *cleared up the house.

3.   She first wanted to study in Paris, then London, then New York.
      , she went to Madrid.  

4.   Phone me you arrive and I'll come to the station and pick you up. 

5.   Why are A and B correct and C incorrect? Answer at the bottom of the page.
      A:  While I was on holiday Jan had a car accident.
      B:   Jan had a car accident while I was on holiday.
      C:   While Jan had a car accident I was on holiday.

6.   I went to a lot of shops to try and find him a birthday present but
      I just gave him some money. 

*Clear up  -   to clean and tidy.
  Pick up   -  to collect someone in a car; subject has two positions, i.e.
- I'm going to pick up John now.
- I'm going to pick John up now.

5.  Answers:
     A:  while + long time event + short time event = correct
     B:    short event + while + long event =  correct
 C:    while + short event + long event = incorrect
      Note: with a short event + a long event while goes in the middle, i.e.
      She fell down the stairs while her husband was doing the shopping.