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P.1 - Adult

Gerunds and Infinitives

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A Gerund is a verbal noun - it is a verb acting as a noun. Gerunds are made by adding -ing to the base verb e.g. watch / watching.

Gerunds can either be the subject or object of a verb:

Gerund as a subject: "Skiing is great."
Gerund as an object: "I love skiing."

Gerunds are often used after state verbs e.g.

Hey, what’s up?

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A few useful introductory phrases for Beginner/Elementary students

In informal English people often greet each other saying: "what’s up?" This is not appropriate in all conversations. Below is a dialogue between two students, Andreas and Belinda on their first day at their English school. They are using language that is appropriate for everyday use. Can you guess the missing words?

Quantifiers for Intermediate Students

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Read the text about Cape Town and try to put the correct nouns in the spaces.

activities / cultures / countries / pubs / time / awareness / tourists / fun / systems / policemen / restaurants / attention / peace / things / beaches / people / crime / resources / cameras / focus

Verb-noun collocations for Elementary students

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EC Students in Cape Town

There are certain verbs that always go with certain nouns. We call this a collocation. Read 3 diary entries of a few students and choose the correct verbs from the box below to fill in on the blank space. Each verb can be used more than once.

March: Your questions of the month

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Here are the top questions you sent to our online newsletter, English in your Inbox. Thanks to everyone who took part.

Future perfect tense

How we use future perfect tense? It's confusing.

Reported Speech and Reporting Verbs

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Reported speech

Direct speech and reported speech are the two ways we can say what someone has said.

Directed speech: "I am your neighbour," said James.

Reported speech: James said that he was my neighbour.

Present Simple and Present Continuous

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Present Perfect and Past Simple

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Both these tenses can be used to talk about actions that happened in the past but which tense we use depends on the situation.

Danny's Advanced Level Reading Practice - Shopping

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Approximately once a month, on a Saturday, my wife and I pack the kids into the car and drive off for a soul-destroying journey through the seven circles of hell…

In other words, we head for the local supermarket to do our monthly shop.

Pre-Intermediate - Verb Patterns

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