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go, goes, going, went or gone.

Average: 3.3 (107 votes)

A simple review for you today. Read through the 14 sentences and complete them using the following words:

go, goes, going, went or gone.

This is basic English; however, I often hear English learners using the wrong verbs when speaking. Take a moment to look at the context of each sentence before making your choice.

2 options are possible for question 7. 'Went'  is ok, but which other word can we use?

Comparatives

Average: 3.7 (15 votes)

Now it's time to practice comparatives!
 
These statements are all about celebrities and famous people. Do you think the statements are true or false? Leave us a comment and tell us what you think.
 
If you're not sure who some of the celebrities are, why don't you read about them online!

Lesson by Caroline Devan, a teacher at EC Cape Town English language school

uncountable and countable nouns

Average: 3.1 (27 votes)

So what's the difference between countable and uncountable nouns?

Let's take a look at two nouns: cars and water. If you stand outside you will proabably see cars passing. You can count these cars 1 car, 2 cars, 3 cars and so on.

Water, however, can not be seperated and counted. We do not say 1 water, 2 waters.

So now we know that cars are countable and water is uncountable.

Phrasal Verb - Pick Up

Average: 3.2 (5 votes)

Danny's Advanced Reading Practice

Average: 3.2 (17 votes)

Danny is a teacher at EC Malta English language school with many years of teaching experience. I strongly suggest you take the time to read through his articles. They are excellent reading practice for advanced English learners.

Upper-Intermediate English tenses test

Average: 3.2 (45 votes)

Today's lesson is for high / upper intermediate English students.

Time to take a careful look at the structure of some English sentences. This exercise will help you review English tenses. As I mentioned already, read the sentences carefully for clues on which tense should be used. There's also a phrasal verb question in there, too (see number 3).

Make sure you leave a comment letting us know how you did and questions if you need help. Always reply to the comments which you know the answers to. Be kind - help your classmates!

Idiom of the day 'Close, but no cigar'

Average: 3.4 (16 votes)

Close, but no cigar

meaning: not being a winning or successful effort, as if not good enough to earn a cigar as a prize

This term is used when one almost meets with success, but not quite, therefore getting nothing in return. The expression started in the US in the twentieth century, and is said to originate from the practice of fairground stalls giving out cigars as prizes. This phrase would be said to those who failed to win a prize

Ten Word Film Review

Average: 2.6 (7 votes)

We asked our newsletter readers to write a film review using only ten words. 

Can you do better? Write your review in the comments area and remember: only use ten words!

Notting Hill:
The movie is about destiny and love. It is Notting Hill.
Muge Oztan,Turkey

Reading Comprehension and Questions

Average: 3.5 (6 votes)

Today we are going to do something a little different.

Take 3 minutes to read through what an EC student wrote about her time in Malta. When you have finished, answer the questions below. The student's name is Giulia Do.

Click here to be taken to today's reading exercise on the EC Malta blog:

EC FREESTYLE — Student Testimonials

Snow White Reading and Vocabulary Quiz

Average: 3 (5 votes)

Read through the beginning of this classic children's story and choose the correct missing word.