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Grammar

Superlative Debate

Average: 4.1 (23 votes)

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

Choose the Correct Auxiliary Verb

Average: 3.8 (25 votes)

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.

A pre-intermediate lesson on some past tenses

Average: 3.4 (20 votes)

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.

Past Simple Vs Past Continuous

Average: 4 (22 votes)

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!

Verbs with prepositions - Upper Intermediate Level

Average: 3.8 (16 votes)

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

Mixed Conditionals

Average: 4 (39 votes)

An Upper-Intermediate lesson on mixed conditionals

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.

Verb Forms

Average: 3.8 (28 votes)

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

I Me My

Average: 3.6 (28 votes)

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.

Good luck!

Caroline

The Future Perfect Tense

Average: 3.9 (44 votes)

How many friends will you have spoken to by this time next week?

Which TV shows will you have watched by this time tomorrow?

Where will you have lived by the time you retire?

All these questions ask what 'will have' happened by some future time. Use the future perfect tense to talks about the past in the future.

How to form the Future Perfect Tense

Subject + will have + past participle + object

Common mistakes practice

Average: 3.4 (15 votes)

Here is an intermediate level challenge that will be familiar to regular visitors of the site.

Decide which word is needed in each sentence to make it correct.

The sentences are examples of common mistakes English teachers hear in lesson.

Good luck!

Lesson by Caroline Devane