General English Level 2 V 3
UNIT 01 Talking about the past TOPIC 03 I remember...
LANGUAGE FOCUS 05 Time clauses
Find out how to use time clauses to say when something happened.
Philip says
Philip:
You know I used to have red hair too when I was a boy.

 

Maria says
Maria:
I moved to the city when I was a teenager.

 

Maria:
I wanted to be a school teacher when I was younger.

 

Philip and Maria use sentences with two main parts, or clauses.

The first clause is the main clause. It tells us what - "I used to have red hair", "I moved to the city."

The second clause is a subordinate clause. It gives us more information about the main clause.
It tells us when- "when I was a boy", "when I was a teenager."

We call these subordinate clauses time clauses.

We can also put the when clause first. When we do this, we use a comma (,):
When I was a boy, I used to have red hair.
When I was younger, I wanted to be a schoolteacher.
When I was a teenager, I moved to the city.

Sydney was much smaller
I wanted to be a school teacher
I used to play football.
when I was a boy.
when I was younger.
when I was a teenager.
When I was a boy,
When I was younger,
When I was a teenager,
Sydney was much smaller.
I wanted to be a schoolteacher.
I used to play football.

Examples

1 Read the examples.
2 Click on the examples to listen.
3 Practise saying the examples.

Now go to 06 LANGUAGE FOCUS Time clauses - task.

 

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