033 - A Classic Story for halloween


In Episode 33, I tell two more interesting facts I've learned about Halloween since Episode 31 (which was the Halloween Special) AND I tell you a scary story that's jam-packed with the Past Perfect tense!

The American English Podcast

The American English Podcast

By Shana Thompson

Hi, everyone. Welcome back. In Episode 31 of the podcast, my good friend Liz was a special guest for our Halloween Episode. We talked about the origin of Halloween and all of the activities leading up to Halloween, which falls on the 31st of October every year. It was a really fun talk. Liz and I got to share some of the stories from our childhood, including which costumes we wore. We talked about trick or treating, pumpkin patches, scary movies and all that jazz. So if you haven’t checked it out yet already, that’s episode number 31. 

This week. I’d like to do two things. First, I’m going to share some new random facts I learned about Halloween, since the Halloween post. And 2, I’m going to tell you my favorite scary story. Well, maybe not exactly my favorite, but that I heard when I was a kid and I don’t think I’ll ever forget it just because of the content. . . you’ll see why. 

The fun thing about this story is that I’ve altered it a little bit so that you can hear the use of the past perfect, which is also sometimes called the pluperfect and I’ll give you an example of that:. 

I had eaten before we went to the party, so I wasn’t hungry. So you know, you went to the party and the activity that happened before uses the had plus past participle eaten. I had eaten before and therefore I wasn’t hungry. Right. So the party happened after you ate. 

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