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Let’s Talk About Interesting Historical Events or Figures Using Past Simple, Present Perfect and Question Tags, Shall We?

Welcome to our session on “Interesting Historical Events or Figures.” This is a fantastic opportunity to delve into the richness of history, exploring events and personalities that have shaped our world. In our discussion, we will be using specific grammar points such as the past simple, present perfect, and question tags. These grammatical structures will not only enhance our understanding of historical narratives but also improve our English language skills. Let’s embark on a journey through time, uncovering fascinating stories and figures from the past.

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6 Idioms ìTo Help You In This Conversation:

These idioms and expressions are commonly used in English to discuss historical events and figures, offering a colourful and engaging way to talk about the past.

  1. Turn the page 📖
    • Meaning: To move on from an event or period in history.
    • Example: “After that revolution, the country turned the page and embarked on a new chapter.”
  2. Make history 🌍
    • Meaning: To do something significant that will be remembered in history books.
    • Example: “The first moon landing really made history.”
  3. A thing of the past 🕰️
    • Meaning: Something that no longer exists or happens.
    • Example: “With modern technology, typewriters are now a thing of the past.”
  4. Rewrite history ✍️
    • Meaning: To change the way that an event is perceived.
    • Example: “This new discovery about the ancient civilization could rewrite history.”
  5. Stand the test of time ⏳
    • Meaning: To remain popular or valued over a long period.
    • Example: “Shakespeare’s works have stood the test of time.”
  6. Go down in history 📚
    • Meaning: To be remembered or recorded in history.
    • Example: “This peace treaty will go down in history as a monumental achievement.”

Set 1: Exploring Historical Events

  1. “What historical event do you find most fascinating, and why did it interest you?”
  2. “Has there been a recent discovery or revelation about a past event that surprised you?”

Key Grammar/Vocabulary Expressions:

  • Past Simple (e.g., “The event happened in…”)
  • Present Perfect (e.g., “Historians have uncovered…”)
  • Question Tags (e.g., “It was a significant event, wasn’t it?”)


Set 2: Remarkable Historical Figures

  1. “Which historical figure do you admire the most, and what did they achieve?”
  2. “Is there a leader or innovator from history whose impact is still felt today?”

Key Grammar/Vocabulary Expressions:

  • Past Simple (e.g., “This figure changed the course of history when they…”)
  • Present Perfect (e.g., “Their legacy has influenced…”)
  • Question Tags (e.g., “They were ahead of their time, weren’t they?”)

Set 3: Personal Connections to History

  1. “Is there an event or person in history you feel a personal connection to? How does their story resonate with you?”
  2. “Have historical events or figures ever inspired you in your personal or professional life?”

Key Grammar/Vocabulary Expressions:

  • Past Simple (e.g., “I was inspired when I learned about…”)
  • Present Perfect (e.g., “I have always been fascinated by…”)
  • Question Tags (e.g., “That’s quite an inspiring story, isn’t it?”)

Remember – there is always more! Here is your Follow Up Video:

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