Let's have a quick quiz to get your brain thinking on a Monday. I often notice on the comments left on this site that Englisg users have a good vocabulary but get confused over which form of a word is needed.
When learning a new word it's always good to learn an example sentence instead of just the single word. This way you will learn about how the word is used in context.
Choose the best word form in each case.
How long has it been since you reviewed the past continuous? Do you remember when to use it and how it is formed? Here's a reminder of this tense and some exercises to help you check your understanding. Good luck!
The past continuous is used in a number of situations.
Here's a lesson with a twist! Read through the sentences below and see if you can put the correct superlative form of the word in brackets into the gap. When you have done this, think about the meaning of each sentence and whether you agree with it. E.g. In your opinion, what is the most amazing city in the world? Do you agree with my opinions? I can't wait to hear what you think! Good luck!
By Caroline Devane
Auxiliary verbs, also known as 'helping verbs' are verb that comes before another verb in order to form a question, a negative sentence, a tense or a passive sentence.
For example, in the following sentence what do you think is the auxiliary verb?
I don't like swimming.
There are many different verb tenses we can use to talk about the past.
The past simple is used to talk about finished and completed actions in the past, e.g. my friend phoned me last night.
We can also use two past simple verbs if there were two actions that happened right after each other, e.g. the cup fell and broke.
Here's a quick reminder of the rules of using past simple and past continuous together.
In this sentence there are two verbs:
I was watching television when he arrived.
The first action is a long action - it lasted for a period of time. We therefore use the past continuous.
The second action is a short action that has interrupted the first. So for this we need past simple!
Here is a quick practice exercise to see how much you remember about common verb-preposition combinations. Think carefully before you decide on the correct answer!
Lesson by Caroline Devane
A conditional consist of two clauses: the condition or if-clause and the main or result clause. Depending on the meaning we try to convey we have many different conditionals at our exposal to express ourselves clearly. We are going to look at two mixed conditionals that express unreal situations.
How well do you remember how to form the correct verb tense?
In each sentence below, change the highlighted verb for the correct tense.
Only use one word per sentence. If the tense is already correct, still type in the verb shown.
Think about present simple, past simple, present continuous and past participle in your answers.
Lesson by Caroline Devane
Sometimes, it's the small and most used words in English that students make the most mistakes with, so it can be good to remind yourself of when to use them.
This lesson focuses on 'I, my and me'. In each sentence you need one of these words to complete the gap.
Please tell us how you get on? Also let me know if there are any other 'small' words that you sometimes get confused with.