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“I spent time…”

I often see my students make this mistake. Can you see what’s wrong with the sentence below? 

“I spent time to watch movies last weekend.”

Here’s the mistake: 

“I spent time to watch movies last weekend.”

Here’s the correction:

“I spent time” should be followed with the -ing form of the verb. 

“I spent time watching movies last weekend.”

This sentence, when said correctly, sounds really natural and native. 

I spent time hanging out with my friends yesterday.

I spent time cleaning my room yesterday.

Here’s an example of how to use this sentence for a Speaking Part 2 task: 

Describe an enjoyable day out in the countryside that you had.

Two years ago, my brother, mom, and I visited a small village in the south of Brazil. On our first day there, we spent a lot of time hiking and taking pictures together. I even got the chance to ride a horse for the first time!

Now it’s your turn! Tell me what you did yesterday. Start with, “I spent time…”

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