When was the last time…?


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First, let’s look at some activities.


When  we ask, 'When was the last time you...?' 
the main verb is also in the past.

E.g. 'watch a comedy film' - 
'When was the last time you watched a comedy film?'

Put the verbs in the following sentences in the past to complete the questions.

We can also say, 'When did you last...?' The main verb stays in the present.
E.g. watch a comedy film – 'When did you last watch a comedy film?'

Depending on your language, ‘When did you last…?‘ may be easier than ‘When was the last time you…?‘ or the other way round.  You decide which you prefer, but it’s good to know both, because natives use the two forms.

Can you remember the questions from the last page? There were 4 sentences with the verb ‘go‘. Choose the correct preposition below:

Write the correct preposition in the spaces.

Look at the questions and answers below. 
Check the meaning of the time expressions in A-H before you do the exercise below.

1. When did you last have dinner at a restaurant?

2. When was the last time you went shopping?

3. When did you last clean your house?

4. When was the last time you went swimming?

5. When did you last write an email?

6. When was the last time you went on holiday?

7. When did you last ride a bike?

8. When was the last time you went to the cinema?

A. Yesterday afternoon. I bought a new tie and shirt for work.

B. A couple of weeks ago. I went to see that new film starring Bradley Pitter.

C. At Christmas. We went skiing in the French Alps for a few days.

D. Last Saturday. I went to an Indian with my husband.

E. Just this morning. I check my inbox after breakfast and reply to anything important.

F. A few days ago. I dusted and hoovered the bedrooms.

G. Oh, I haven’t cycled for years. I’m not sure if I could remember how!

H. Quite a long time ago. There aren’t any pools around here.

Write the letter A-H that answers questions 1-8.

More Time Expression Practice HERE

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