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If I say for example:

I took a shower, got dressed and had lunch at 1:00 pm

You guys will think I did these things at all the same time? How can I improve my sentence, so it won't be misunderstood ? What I want to say is:

First, I took a shower, then I got dressed and after it I Had lunch at 1:00 pm

So: Take a shower - 1st event 2- Get dressed - 2ns event 3- Have lunch at 1:00 pm - 3rd action

Should I use past perfect? But how? Feel free to provide me some examples

  • ... and then at 1:00pm I had lunch. – puppetsock Aug 6 '19 at 20:05
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There's nothing wrong with your initial sentence, though personally I'd add the Oxford comma:

I took a shower, got dressed, and had lunch at 1:00 pm.

As a native English speaker, I'd interpret this as placing 1 pm only with the last action:

  • I took a shower before 1 pm.
  • Then I got dressed, also before 1 pm.
  • Then I had lunch at 1 pm.

If you did want to say that you (somehow) did all these things at 1pm, you'd move the 1 pm:

At 1:00 pm I took a shower, got dressed, and had lunch.

You could also say:

I took a shower at 1:00 pm, and then got dressed and had lunch.

  • after it is wrong in the OP's sentence. It has to be after that. – Lambie Aug 6 '19 at 15:39
  • @Lambie I don't know what you're trying to say. – Kyralessa Aug 6 '19 at 15:43
  • [and] after it I had lunch at 1:00 pm. It has to be: and after that. In speech, after it here is not natural sounding... – Lambie Aug 6 '19 at 15:54
  • @Lambie You're welcome to make your own answer and say that. I didn't address it because rewording the sentence wasn't necessary anyway. – Kyralessa Aug 7 '19 at 5:47

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