…I had learnt how to windsurf.
By no means was I a pro, but I could do it! I used to go down to a local reservoir and practise in the summer.
By the time I was (age)… This phrase is commonly used with the past perfect.
- What’s the past perfect again? We form it using had + past participle.
- What does the past perfect do? It shows that one past action happened before another.
So why don’t you have a go and think about what you could do when you were younger.
By the time I was two, I had learnt to walk.
By the time I was five, I had been to America.
By the time I was fifteen, I had lived in France for 2 years.
By 2017, I had worked in three countries.
By the time I finished reading this, I had learnt how to use the past perfect!