I’ve seen a couple of interesting posts on social media recently about the most important tenses in English. Also, in the past, learners have asked me which tenses are the most commonly used and which they should learn first. That’s what we’re going to talk about today.
I’ve noticed that some learners confuse “what?” and “how?” in certain situations. English speakers also make questions with “what … like?” quite often. In today’s lesson, I’ll try to show you the differences between these three questions. I'll also give you lots of useful examples.
Today’s lesson is all about countable and uncountable nouns. These are not always as easy as you might think. Have a go at my quiz and test your knowledge!
How often do you (or your teacher) ask questions like this:
Is this correct English?
Is this good grammar?
What is the grammar rule?
Let me ask you some different questions:
Which came first - the language or the rules?
And what is grammar anyway?
Have you ever wondered which grammar topics are the most important to learn? Which ones are the most important to get right if you want people to understand you? That’s what I’m going to explore in today’s blog post.
I’m sure you already know how to make the plural form (more than one) in English. Mostly we just add -s, right? Well, there are some spelling rules to learn and quite a few irregular plurals too so keep reading. Perhaps you’ll learn something new! And at the end, I’ll tell you one mistake you should avoid.
Verb 3 is usually called the past participle but I think this is a confusing name. Firstly, it isn’t only used for the past but can be used for the present and future too. Secondly, not many people really know what a participle is, not even teachers! So I prefer to call it “verb 3”!
Did you learn your irregular verbs from a list - beat, beat, beaten; come, came, come and so on? How well do you understand what the three forms mean and how to use them? This post is about the second form. “But that’s easy!” I hear you say. “It’s for the past!” That’s mostly true but not completely. Keep reading to learn why.
The present simple is easy, right? Are you sure? It’s the first tense that English students learn but it’s also one that causes problems and confusion, even at higher levels.
Have a look at these sentences. Are we talking about present time?
1. My train leaves at 2 o’clock this afternoon.
2. I usually go shopping on Wednesdays.
3. Two plus two equals four.
4. I live in Cambridge.
5. Send me a text message when you arrive.
6. Suddenly this woman comes in and starts shouting at me!
7. In this film, Daniel Craig plays James Bond for the last time. He searches for a missing scientist.
8. Fire destroys church.
9. We need more milk. This milk smells bad.
Keep reading to check your answers.
Look at the word “go” in these sentences. Is the grammar the same in each one or different?
1. I go to the supermarket on Wednesdays.
2. Go to the end of this road and turn left.
3. I want to go home!
Keep reading to check your answer!
I just put this question into Google and the results were very interesting! The first article I read said we don’t need to study grammar at all. Then I found an article saying the opposite and listing all the reasons why grammar study is important. Let me tell you what I think.
Can you find and correct the grammar and vocabulary errors?
Keep reading to check your answers.
Teachers tell students that there are four kinds of conditional sentence: zero, first, second and third. (Click the links to see the posts.) These cover most conditionals but of course there are some that don't fit the pattern! This post will show you how to make mixed conditionals and what they mean.
Some time ago, I started a series of posts about conditional sentences in English and now it's time to finish it! So let's have a look at the third conditional. (You can learn about the other conditionals by clicking here: zero conditional, first conditional and second conditional.
As with the other perfect continuous tenses, the future perfect continuous combines the ideas of the future perfect and the future continuous. We imagine a future time and then look back to an earlier time. We are also interested in the duration of the action. It probably isn’t used as often as the other future forms.
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