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Choose the Correct Verb

Average: 2 (146 votes)

Choose the correct verb in each sentence. This excercise is for Pre-Intermediate English learners.

Make sure  the subject agrees with the verb and watch out for time expressions.

Link: Auxiliary Verbs in Questions

Music Lesson: 'Perfect Day'

Average: 2.7 (30 votes)

Here's a great chance to practise listening to a variety of authentic English accents. 

Listen to this classic Lou Reed song and complete the lyrics. I recommend that you listen to it once to get a feel for it and then listen to it again and type in the missing words.

You don't need to listen to the whole song. I have only included the lyrics for the first two minutes.

Do you recognise any of the famous musicians in the clip?

Do you know these homonyms?

Average: 3.3 (32 votes)

A Intermediate level lesson for you today.

Spending a lot of time on English language sites is a great way to practice your English. Leaving comments (as you can on this site) is an even better way to practise.

When writing English you should be careful of tricky homonyms.  A homonym is a word that sounds the same as another word but has a different spelling and different meaning.

For example: flower and flour

Can you write a homonym for each each word below?

Build your speaking skills

Average: 3 (27 votes)

Concentrating on the basics is a good way to make sure you speak English accurately. Below are ten sentences  featuring words that students get mixed up when they talk.

I hope that this will be a good review and that you all get 10/10.

You can do it!


Go, goes, going, went or gone.

5 Fantastic Idioms!

Average: 1.4 (1223 votes)

Let's a look at some natural English idioms. Can you guess what they mean from the context? Match the idioms to their definitions. Do you have similar idioms in your language? Tell us about them.


He was beside himself when he heard he had been promoted.

If you have any ideas, I'm all ears.

We've only just started, don't throw the towel in yet.

How to write Contractions

Average: 1.9 (149 votes)

A Pre-Intermediate task for you today:

A contraction is formed by joing two other words.

An apostrophe shows where a letter or letters have been omitted (left out).

Example: it is = it's ( i is omitted).

Exception: won't is an exception. Will not becomes won't.

Write the correct contraction for each pair of missing words. When you have finished write some example sentences using contractions.


AWL - Academic Word List - the 'I's'

Average: 3.8 (18 votes)

More AWL (Academic Word List) Practice: The 'I's' have it! (This is a play on 'The ayes have it.' This latter expression means that the voice vote is in, and those in favor of a measure have won.)

Your English Questions of the Month

Average: 2.3 (9 votes)

Every month we ask our newsletter readers to send in their questions to Tim, our English teacher at EC Brighton English language school, about the English language. Here are your questions:


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November's Star Question!

Thanks to Maria Aura for this question:

How was your weekend?

Average: 3 (61 votes)

So how was your weekend? What did you do?  Did you do anything nice? Here's something I did over the weekend.

I went out for a meal with my cousins on Saturday night.

I have a large family and we don't see each other as much as we would like so we decided to all _1_ up.

These days we only seem see each other at weddings or funerals. An informal get together was long _2_.

It took a lot of planning to find an evening when we were all available, that's for sure.

Why learn English? - All competition entries

Average: 3.3 (103 votes)

November's scholarhsip competition is now closed. Our monthly newsletter, called English in your inbox, runs a competition in which three readers win a 2-week General English course at an EC school.

The competition question was to tell us, using 20 words, why you learn English. Here are all the entries we received. If yours is not here, we didn't get it. Apologies. 

I hope reading these will motivate and inspire you to keep on learning!