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Time Order


Time order means putting your ideas in the order in which they happened. When you are writing about a past event you need to use time order. You begin with the first thing that happened, then tell the second thing that happened, and then the third thing.

You need time order so that your reader can understand when something happened. If you tell a story without time order, you will confuse your reader.

Here is an example of using time order to tell about a short trip to Victoria:

First action:

Took a ferry to the island

Second action:

Drove the car from the ferry to the centre of the town on the island

Third action:

Got a room at a hotel in the town

Had dinner at a nice restaurant
Went to a music concert
Walked along the beach after the concert
Went to bed at midnight
Had breakfast in the hotel
Visited a garden
Drove to the ferry

Final action:

Took the ferry home from the island