A group of young men (possibly a gang) are watching the football. Ipul sees them and looks worried. Adhi asks Ipul why he looks so worried.
Ipul tells Adhi a story. Ipul’s best friend, Jono joined a gang when he was 15.
He had to run errands for the gang on his motorbike – nothing serious, just pass messages and things like that.
At first, it was cool. Jono had a motorbike, cool clothes and money in his pocket. He was the coolest kid in the neighbourhood.
One day, he was told to join the whole gang as they had a job to do in a nearby neighbourhood. When he got there, some of the oldest gang members, went into a small shop and started beating the shopkeeper. The rest of the gang all cheered and yelled. The shopkeeper was terrified.
In this episode, Coach Ipul tells a story in the past. To tell a story in the past we often use the past simple to describe actions and the past continuous to describe what is happening in the background or longer actions. For example:
"Adhi helped the other gang members." Actions in the past = past simple
"The gang was shouting at a shopkeeper." Longer actions = past continuous
Afterwards, Jono felt sick. He didn’t want to be in the gang anymore, but it’s not easy to leave a gang.
Language - Past Continuous
During the story, Coach Ipul describes one action that was happening when another action happened. We often use the past simple to describe the short action that interrupts a longer action, which is where we use the past continuous. For example:
"The gang was beating up Jono when Geni told them to stop." A long action (past continuous) is interrupted by a short action (past simple).
He spoke to Ipul about it and Ipul suggested he joined the football team. That way, he could tell the gang that he needed to train and had an excuse to leave the gang. They took his bike and his clothes and beat him up badly, but he was out. He was scared and didn’t want to leave his house for a while…
…but we practiced football together and he got his confidence back. He became a dedicated player and trained really hard. We played in local competitions and did well. Sometimes, members of his old gang even came along to watch the match.