BE USED TO / GET USED TO / WOULD EXERCISE

What’s the difference between USED TO / BE USED TO / GET USED TO & WOULD? USED TO / WOULD = Regular Habit in the Past I used to/ would ride my bike after school every day. I used to smoke.  I would smoke. I used to/ would smoke a packet of cigarettes every day. TO BE USED TO + … Read More

Does she’s mean she is or she has?

Does she’s mean she is or she has? It can mean both she has & she is. Compare the following sentences. Her name is Jane. / Her name’s Jane. She is going tomorrow. / She’s going tomorrow. She has gone to work. / She’s gone to work. It has been a difficult job. / It’s been a difficult job. In … Read More

100 Irregular Verbs in the Past: B1 Intermediate

The exercises and table below have the 100 most common verbs in the past which you really need to learn at a B1 or Intermediate level of English. One easy way to improve your English is to really learn the Irregular verb forms in the Past Simple and the Past Perfect. To do this, you need to memorise the most … Read More

AT THE END vs IN THE END

AT the end = at a point in time IN the end = finally / a final result AT THE END We normally use AT for a time such as AT 9 o’clock or AT night.  Similarly, the phrase at the end means at the time when something ends.  The phrase at the beginning means at the time when something … Read More

Time Expressions Present Perfect & Past Simple

What are Time Expressions for the Present Perfect & Past Simple? Time expressions are signal words give you a clue for the tense that you need to use.  For example, if a sentence starts with the words, “Two days ago,…”, we know that the time is past and the action is finished.  For this reason, the signal word ‘ago’ is … Read More

When we use BETWEEN and AMONG

Use BETWEEN to describe the difference between or the position of two things. Use AMONG to describe the difference or position in a group of things. Between Examples: Look between the curtains and you’ll see a strange man outside. The table is between the 2 chairs. Among Look! There’s an old house among those trees. I found my keys among … Read More

HOW MANY TENSES IN ENGLISH?

As a learner of English, it is useful to think that there are three times in English; present, past and future.  These three times have 4 grammatical types: simple, continuous, perfect and perfect continuous. Thinking about time and tense in this way can make the tenses in English seem less confusing.  Once you understand the function of the Simple, Continuous, … Read More

TIME WORDS WITH THE PRESENT TENSES

TENSE TIME PHRASE PRESENT SIMPLE every day (every week, every month, etc.) usually, generally, often, normally, regularly, frequently, habitually frequently, typically once a week / twice a month / three times a year PRESENT CONTINUOUS at the moment, right now at present PRESENT PERFECT yet, ever, already

SINCE, FOR & AGO

TIME WORDS USE TENSE FOR + period of time many tenses SINCE + point in time Present Perfect (& other Perfect Tenses) AGO + past or finished time Simple Past (& other Past Tenses) SINCE Since is used to mean from a point in time in the past up to now.   As since connects a past time to the present time, it is … Read More

SINCE, FOR, UNTIL, FROM, TO

Prepositions of Time SINCE  + time / point in the past (yesterday, last year) FOR  + period of time (2 hours/3 days/1 year) UNTIL up to a point in time TILL Less formal way of saying until FROM….TO Use from for the start time and to for the finish time  Since Since is typically used with perfect tenses.  Use since … Read More