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Past Simple or Past Perfect?

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These two tenses are both used to talk about things that happened in the past. However we use past perfect to talk about something that happened before another action in the past, which is usually expressed by the past simple.

For example:

"I had already eaten my dinner when he called."
In other words, First I ate my dinner, then he called.
The past perfect is often used with already, yet, just and even.

Music Lesson: Glee - Don't stop believing

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Where should I go?

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Each of these people has a problem and needs to go to one of the buildings in town. Which building or place should they go to?

In the news - Britain hotter than Cairo

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I hope everyone who's studying in the UK has been enjoying this beautiful weather! This article has six words missing, all of them related to the weather. Put each word listed in one of the gaps. What have you been doing in this heat wave? Brighton students it would be great to hear from you!

Both, neither, either? Pre-Intermediate Level

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Your English Questions of the Month

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Every month we ask our newsletter readers to send their English language questions to EC Brighton's teacher, Tim. Here are the best questions of the month.

Sign up for our free newsletter to get your questions answered by a professional English teacher!

Adjective or Adverb? Elementary Level

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These two groups of words are often confused because they look and sound very similar. For example the adverb of quick is quickly. Remember,
Adverbs describe a VERB.
Adjectives describe a NOUN.

As a general rule to change an adjective to an adverb we add ‘ly’ and these are the adverbs we will focus on today. In the following sentences do we need an adjective or an adverb?

Today's lesson is by Caroline

Learn English in San Diego

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As well as this wonderful website, we at EC run a number of schools around the world. It's our job to help English learners reach their goals. EC San Diego English language school is one of four schools we have in America. Perhaps our schools in New York, Boston and San Francisco are in more famous cities. Here's your chance to brush up on your vocabulary while learning a little about San Diego.

Write, Wrote, Written

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Time to do a quick review of the irregular verb write.

Write is the present simple tense: "Write your name on this paper"

Wrote is the past simple tense.

Written is the past participle.

Easy! Easy! Easy! Don't you agree? Complete the sentences using the correct verb.

Idiom of the day: Draw A Blank

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What does "draw a blank mean"?

Meaning: to fail to get an answer or a result; be unsuccessful.