Used to is commonly applied to either speak of a past habit or a situation we are accustomed to. However, the structure that follows 'used to' will be determined by the intended meaning.
For example: used to + infinitive = past habit. For example: I used to smoke but not now.
Verb to be + used to + gerund = an accustomed situation. For example: I am used to smoking; I smoke a packet a day.
This lesson will help you to revise using the present perfect tense for life experiences.
Read through the sentences and change the verb in brackets to the present perfect tense. Then award yourself ten points for each thing you have done. I have got 110/150! Chris what is your score? Let's see who has the highest score.
Lesson by Caroline Devane
Thanks to the great teachers at EC San Francisco for this lesson.
If you hadn't come to San Francisco, where would you have studied?
If you hadn't done your homework, what would your teacher have said to you?
If you had passed that exam, what would you have done to celebrate?
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