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Can or Can't

Average: 3.7 (121 votes)

How well do you remember this modal verb which expresses ability? Can you remember everything or can't you remember anything?!

Try this exercise to find out! In each sentence choose which answer is needed to make the sentence work.

Note: Sometimes we replace 'can't' with 'cannot'. They have exactly the same meaning but can't is much more common.

Lesson by Caroline

Choose the correct combination in the following sentences:

Suffix '-ness': Adjective to Noun

Average: 3.9 (229 votes)

There are lots of adjectives in English that we can convert into nouns by using 'ness'. A noun ending in 'ness' literally means the state of the original adjective.

For example, hungriness means ‘the state of being hungry. Below are ten sentences which require a noun ending in 'ness'.

Look at the adjectives below and guess which one goes in each sentence. Then add 'ness' and change spelling when needed.

Good luck!

Lesson by Caroline

High Intermediate Level: Parents Sending Children to Boarding School

Average: 4.1 (15 votes)

I found this news quite surprising, as I have always thought that sending a child to boarding school would be much more expensive than other alternatives.

A boarding school is a school where some or all pupils study and live away from their family.

Shopping English: Exchange or Refund

Average: 3 (11 votes)

Would you describe yourself as a shopaholic or do you hate shopping? Do you like to go window shopping on the weekends, even when you have no money. When you want to buy something, do you shop around for the best price or are you an impulse shopper?

Past Continuous or Past Simple

Average: 4.2 (21 votes)

What can you remember about using past continuous to describe interrupted time? Here's a little refresher:

When you want to talk about two actions in the past, it is often the case that one is past continuous and the other past simple.

The long action is past continuous and the short one, or the one that interrupts it is past simple.

For example:

"I was walking to school when I heard a loud crash."

In the English Classroom - Elementary Level

Average: 3.5 (11 votes)

Before you begin your English class, you will need to understand some classroom vocabulary! In the next ten sentences are ten words that you will probably hear every day in the classroom. Change the order of the letters to find the 'classroom vocabulary'.

Good luck!

Lesson by Caroline Devane

Rearrange the letters in orange to make the correct word:

Music Video Lesson - One Direction

Average: 4.2 (23 votes)

I kind of like this song...but don't tell anyone! Why? Because it's a guilty pleasure, something we like even though we know we shouldn't. A guilty pleasure will usually cause your friends to laugh at you and remind you of how silly you are constantly. Listen to this song by young boy-band One Direction (oh the shame) and fill the gaps with the missing words. Then let me know your guilty pleasures, if you dare!

Lesson by Caroline Devane

'Used to' for Intermediate Level Students

Average: 3.9 (16 votes)

Used to is commonly applied to either speak of a past habit or a situation we are accustomed to. However, the structure that follows 'used to' will be determined by the intended meaning.

For example: used to + infinitive = past habit. For example: I used to smoke but not now.

Verb to be + used to + gerund = an accustomed situation. For example: I am used to smoking; I smoke a packet a day.

Is Pizza A Vegetable?

Average: 3.7 (9 votes)

In USA schools, pizza is now a vegetable!

What did you eat for lunch when you were in school? Could you buy something _1_ to eat in the school cafeteria?

Friends Come In All Shapes And Sizes

Average: 4.3 (10 votes)

Friends are so important and we often find friends in the unlikeliest places! For example, look at this gorilla and tiny duckling who got close at a zoo in New York!

Read through the article and try to decide which word fits in each gap. Then why don’t you call a friend who is also learning English and tell them the story.

Lesson by Caroline