The Lives of a Man – The Purple Carrot

She took

The woman took a carrot.

It was

It was long and thick and purple.
It was not orange.
It was purple.
It was a purple carrot.

She put it down

The woman put the carrot down on the chopping board.

She chopped

Then she chopped it into pieces.


She cut

Slowly she cut off one piece then another piece.

She did not

She did not peel it.
She did not peel the skin off.

Past Perfect – Active Voice


She had washed

She had washed it before.
She had washed it when she had brought it in from the fields.

She had brought a basket of vegetables in from the fields.
and she had washed all the vegetables in the basket.

She had washed them so the carrot had been washed.

Past Perfect – Passive Voice


It had been washed

The carrot had been washed.
The purple carrot had been washed.
The carrot that the woman used had been washed.
The purple carrot that the woman used had been washed.
The purple carrot that the woman chopped had been washed.

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