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Past Perfect Tense

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Use the past perfect tense when referring to actions in the past that happened before another event in the past. It is used to talk about the past in the past.

I checked with the bank and they still hadn't received payment.

Subject + had + past participle

I had driven to work before you woke up.

We had gone before she arrived.

She had eaten breakfast.

Had you finished?

Had he taken you home?

Hard and Hardly

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Hard (adjective)

When something is difficult to understand or do, it is hard.

These questions are too hard for me.
Learning another language is hard.
She was given a hard task.
I'm tired. I've been working hard all day.

Hard (ajective)

When something is solid, firm and difficult to break or bend.

Find the vocabulary mistakes

Average: 4 (18 votes)

Take a look at these ten sentences, can you find the ten vocabulary mistakes. There is one mistake in each sentence.

The boys left there muddy shoes outside the door.

Be careful with that dish, try not to brake it.

I am not aloud to wear jeans to work.

Will you share a chocolate bar with me? I don't think I can eat a hole one.

The cat opens the window with it's paws.

About EC

Average: 3.9 (23 votes)

Our first school was established in Malta _1_ 1991 and quickly became one of the country's leading English language schools. Today, we help more than 45,000 students _2_ year reach their language goals in 18 breathtaking destinations around _3_ world.

Ways to say Stop

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Think about something you did in the past but now you don't. For example, I used to go to high school, but now I don't. Used to tells us we no longer do an action (go to high school).

Today we look at some other words we can use say something has stopped; it no longer happens.


She quit her job and went travelling around Europe.

Give up

How to express worry, anxiety and more!

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Being able to talk about personal experiences and describe both positive and negative feelings is an essential speaking, or conversational skill.

Here is a mix of phrasal verbs, expressions and language contexts you could use, as well as their meanings:

To feel awkward about doing something = not comfortable, relaxed or confident.

Wearing shorts makes me feel akward.

Using Unless

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Unless means if not. We use it in conditional sentences instead of if not.

Unless can be used with present, past and past perfect tenses. Use unless with present tenses when talking about the future.


You will damage your health unless you stop smoking. = you will damage your health if you do not stop smoking.

Culture Lesson: Easter

Average: 3.8 (32 votes)

As we enter the Easter period, let's take a look at its meaning and traditions.

What is Easter?

Easter is the most important festival in the Christian calendar. Christians believe, according to the Bible, that Jesus came back to _1_, or was raised from the dead, three days after his death on the cross. It is said that Jesus _2_ on Good Friday and rose from the dead on Easter Sunday.

Synonyms and vocab

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As you read through this text, pay attention to the orange words:

My Day

Well, I had a full day, today. First I woke up early and took my dog for a walk before I tidied up my apartment and did some laundry.

A little and a few

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We use a little and a few to talk about the amount of something. To understand which term to use, you must understand uncountable nouns and plural nouns.

A little

A little is used with singular non-countable nouns i.e. rain, traffic, love.

a little + uncountable noun

There's a little food left on the plate.

I put a little money into the envelope.