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Frantic January… so busy!

Ok all, I know I’ve not spent any where near as much time on this as I should have but life this January had been very busy and full of fresh challenges almost every day. We’re now in February and finally, it looks like things will calm down a little, at least enough for meContinue reading “Frantic January… so busy!”

English Irregular Verbs gap-fill worksheet (Intermediate)

Just in case you’re feeling a little bored, nothing to do, not much on tv… try this gap fill exercise. I’m going with a cat theme… in case you didn’t notice! You need to supply the PAST TENSE form of the bold word in brackets. Oh, did I mention before that Bellamy ____________ me yetContinue reading “English Irregular Verbs gap-fill worksheet (Intermediate)”

Irregular verbs (Advanced)

I’m going to give you a short list of 20 of some of English’s less common irregular verbs. Try them out over the holidays. I guess for you advanced learners, these are just practice, but for all those intermediates out there who want to leap up a level… why not give them a try andContinue reading “Irregular verbs (Advanced)”

Third Conditional in English Grammar

This conditional is sometimes called the UNREAL PAST. It is used for discussing things in the past that did not happen AND because they are in the past already, they can never be changed and are thus impossibilities. You remember the last one, 2nd conditional, the one I told you was my favourite? At leastContinue reading “Third Conditional in English Grammar”

First Conditionals in English Grammar

In a previous post we looked as zero conditionals and in this one we will cover 1st conditionals. The two share a few similarities; they have two clauses, clauses can be swapped over, when the word if is in the middle of a sentence you can omit the comma, the if- clause sets the sceneContinue reading “First Conditionals in English Grammar”

Advanced Gerunds and -to infinitives

As I’m sure you know, with some verbs we use a gerund and with others we use to-infinitive. For those of you wishing to expand your knowledge of these two areas of English grammar, here are a few harder examples for you to enjoy. A few verbs allow you to use either, for example: love,Continue reading “Advanced Gerunds and -to infinitives”

Gerunds

Gerunds are words formed by adding -ing to the ends of verbs (walk+ing, eating, shopping, writing and so on). Gerunds turn verbs into nouns. In sentences gerunds can have one of several functions: FUNCTION 1 Gerunds can be used as the subject when it is a noun and it is the action described by theContinue reading “Gerunds”

Advanced Grammar

Can you complete the 10 gap fills correctly? See how well you can do. 80% would be a great pass! As well as the gap filling part, also try and explain why you chose your answers. I’ll provide my answers and my explanations in a future post. Have you met Bella? She’s a friend ofContinue reading “Advanced Grammar”

Indefinite articles again…

So why are there 2 indefinite articles? (You’re wondering) Well, that’s easy-ish… we use ‘a’ before adjectives or nouns whose first letter is a consonant and we use ‘an’ before adjectives or nouns whose first letter is a vowel. And if that was all there was to it, this would be the end of thisContinue reading “Indefinite articles again…”

Indefinite articles

Well in a previous post we looked at the English definite article ‘the’. In this post I want to go over the English indefinite article a/an. Quick re-cap: We use ‘the’ to talk about something known to the speaker and the listener. However, when discussing something(s) unknown we use a/an instead. Why? Have you seenContinue reading “Indefinite articles”

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