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Grammar

Present Perfect or Past Simple

Average: 3.7 (12 votes)

A while ago I wrote a lesson about the difference between the past simple and present perfect tenses.

Can you remember what you learned in that lesson? Test yourself with this more challenging exercise. Instead of giving you two options, it is your job to work out which tense is needed and then fill in the gaps yourself.

Good luck!
By Caroline Devane

Past Participle Irregular Verbs

Average: 4.1 (17 votes)

Check your understanding of irregular past participle verbs.

Example: Do

Present Simple: do - "Where do you live?"
Past Simple: did - "Where did you go yesterday?"
Past Participle: done - "Has he done all his homework?"

Much / many / a lot of / some

Average: 3.9 (35 votes)

How much do you remember about countable and uncountable nouns? Can you remember when you use:

  • Much
  • Many
  • Some
  • A lot of

Here is a review quiz. In some cases, you may think that both answers are possible, but think about the meaning of the sentence very carefully and you will change your mind!

If you have any questions, post them at the bottom of this lesson. Good luck!
Lesson by Caroline Devane

Verb Patterns

Average: 3.8 (15 votes)

When two verbs are used together in a sentence the second verb takes either the gerund or infinitive form.

In some cases the second verb can take both form BUT the meaning is different.

Use the context of the sentences below to decide whether the verb takes the infinitive or gerund form.

Visiting Cape Town - Mixed Prepositions Quiz

Average: 3.5 (12 votes)

After last year's World Cup in South Africa, Cape Town is becoming a more and more popular destination for English learners. The whole planet got to see what an amazing city it is, and now people really want to check it out for themselves.

Students are attracted to this area because of its culture, nature and climate. Cape Town is a fascinating city that travellers soon fall in love with.

Everyday Prepositions for Busy People

Average: 3.7 (21 votes)

Prepositions - small words that cause English learners big problems!

With so many prepositions to choose from, here are some very common examples we use all the time.

Choose the correct preposition in these ten sentences.

Conjunctions

Average: 4.5 (16 votes)

Conjunctions are words that join clauses into sentences. One is enough to join two clauses.

Using conjunctions to join short clauses into longer sentences makes English more fluent!

For example: I like to have a cup of coffee as soon as I wake up.

Choose the expression which best completes the sentence. Sometime two are possible.

Lesson by Amanda Pooley, EC Cape Town English language school

Play Do Go - Sports Verbs

Average: 4.2 (22 votes)

A common topic of conversation is the sports people enjoy playing and watching – so it's important to know which verb to use!

When we discuss sport there are three verbs that we use: play, go and do.

For example:

"I play table-tennis."
"I go fishing. "
"I do yoga."

Review Simple Present Tense

Average: 3.5 (10 votes)

The Present Simple is learned when we first begin to study English and is used all the time.

Remember that for I/you/we/they the verb doesn't change but for he/she/it you add an s on the end!

For example:

"I buy a newspaper every Sunday."
"Sally buys a newspaper every Sunday."

Simple Present Tense Negative

Average: 3.8 (40 votes)

The Present Simple is learned when we first begin to study English and is used all the time.

It is important to know how to make negative sentences in the Present Simple.

For example:

Positive: Jack eats ice-cream every day.
Negative: Jack doesn’t eat ice-cream every day.

Try to make these sentences negative: