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The Third Conditional

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The third conditional is quite complex. Read the information below to help you understand it, then see if you can convert the following sentences into the third conditional. Good luck!

The third conditional is used:

To talk about 'impossible' conditions. They are impossible because they happened in the past and we cannot change them.

It is formed in the following way:

Reading and Vocabulary: Usain Bolt

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Spread over 16 unforgettable days, the London Olympic Games drew the world's attention with one man in particular being a large part of the focus. Usain Bolt was the centre of the party, confirming his status as the greatest sprinter in history as he retained his Olympic 100m title in style. Read through the following text and decide where the missing words should go.

Adverbs and Expressions of Frequency

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We often use the present simple with adverbs of frequency:
never, hardly ever, usually, sometimes, often, always

Adverbs of frequency go before the main verb:
I usually wake up at 7am.

Adverbs of frequency go after "be":
He’s always late.

Scanning Practice: Cape Town Safari

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Our Cape Town English school is very popular with students who love nature. When they come to study, many of them decide to experience a safari adventure! One of the closest safaris to our school is called "Aquila". For today's lesson you need to visit aquilasafari.com and find the correct answers to these six questions. You will have to look at more than one page on the site.

Tools and DIY

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Do it yourself (DIY) is building or repairing something without the help of an expert or professional. For example, if you need to paint your bedroom wall, you do it yourself instead of paying a painter to do it. The same is applies to other tasks that you need to do at home like fixing your roof, hanging a picture on the wall or putting up a shelf.

Ancient Structures: Pre-intermediate Comprehension

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Read through these two paragraphs about two very famous structures in China and Egypt. When you have finished reading, answer the comprehension questions. You can write your answers in the comments area. There is also a vocabulary exercise for you to try.

Idiom of the Month: Spread it

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This month we take a look at two meanings of the verb spread.

Spread: to move a soft substance across a surface so that it covers it:

"Spread butter on the bread"

"He spread a thin layer of glue on the paper."

Music Video: India Arie

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Here is a listening lesson for our higher level students. Read through the lyrics below to the beautiful song ‘this too shall pass’, sung by India Arie. First try to guess which word completes the gaps from the context then listen to check your answers. If you really want a challenge, have a look at the missing words and try to think of synonyms that could replace them...

Become a lyricist for the day!

Leson by Caroline

Phrasal Verbs about Relationships

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Here are some phrasal verbs that we can use when talking about relationships we have with other people. Some of them are positive, some are negative.

Best Way to Learn English

Average: 3.7 (18 votes)

Here's a letter from someone who has worked hard to learn English. Javier decided to leave his home in Colombia and learn English in London. Read through what he has written and decide if the statements are true or false.