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Using Question Tags

Average: 3.8 (79 votes)

This is your chance to practice question tags, isn't it?

Questions tags are a common way to make questions, aren't they?

You know how to use them, don't you?

You can't get all 11 correct, can you?

Chris thinks you will make a mistake, doesn't he?

Link: Question Tags

Understanding Comparatives

Average: 3.8 (16 votes)

Let's see how well you understand comparative sentences. Read through the ten questions and decide what is being said in each.

Link: Comparative Forms

Comparisons with adjectives and adverbs

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Adjective – a word used to modify or describe a noun or pronoun.
Adverb – a word that is used to modify an adjective, verb, or adverb.

There are three forms of adjectives and adverbs used to show varying degrees of comparison: the positive, the comparative, and the superlative.

The positive form is used when there is no direct comparison being made to anything specific, but is used to offer a broad or general comparison.

The comparative form is used when two things are being compared with each other.

Adjective Word Order

Average: 3.6 (175 votes)

Unscramble these Sentences

Average: 3.3 (95 votes)

Rearrange the words to create the correct sentences. Write the sentences in the spaces below.

Capitalize the first letter of the first word in each sentence, and end with the appropriate punctuation marks.

1. borrow/I/may/that book/you/from

2. going to/he/Saturday/is/the shopping mall/on

3. the airport/him/will/at/Linda/meet/noon/at

Subordinating Conjunctions

Average: 3.7 (60 votes)

Before doing the exercise, let’s go over a few grammar terms:

Clause – a group of words that contains a subject and a verb.

Independent clause – a clause that expresses a complete thought.  Also called a sentence.

Dependent clause – a clause that does not express a complete thought, and therefore must be connected to an independent clause.

'If' - How to use the First Conditional

Average: 3.7 (80 votes)

The first conditional is a structure we use when we want to talk about possibilities in the present or in the future. In this lesson we will learn how the first conditional is formed and when we use it.

Your Questions: The best of June

Average: 3.3 (20 votes)

Every month we ask our newsletter readers to send in their questions to Tim, our English teacher at EC Brighton, about the English language. Here are your questions:


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Vocabulary Exercise - How well can you do?

Average: 3.9 (8 votes)

Todays's exercise is a what we call a 'mixed bag'. That means it has a bit of everything.  Let's begin.

OK, so you think you're good at English? Well, today we have ten tricky words and phrases that I think you've heard before. They're all common and, above that, they're all useful. Let's see how many of you can get 10/10 and let's see if I made any spelling mistakes...right, Yura?

Auxiliary Verbs

Average: 3.1 (14 votes)

Time for a basic grammar view:

The verbs be, have and do are auxiliary verbs when they are used with a main verb to form questions, negatives, tenses and passives. Modal verbs, like  could and would, are also auxiliary verbs. Here are some quick examples:

"I am driving my car."

"We were looking for you."

"Do you know the way?"