DON’T USE THESE VERBS IN PROGRESSIVE FORM

ENGLISH VERBS THAT CANNOT BE USED IN THE CONTINUOUS OR PROGRESSIVE FORM Verbs of Emotion:  love, hate, prefer, mind, like, dislike, please, surprise, astonish, impress Verbs of Possession: have, own, want, belong, need, possess, own, owe, include, involve Verbs used for the Senses:  see, hear, smell, seem, sound, taste, look (=seem), appear, be Verbs of Thought: know, believe, remember, agree, … Read More

PAST SIMPLE TENSE – Form and Use

PAST SIMPLE FORM Regular Form: Add ‘ed’ to the bare infinitive for regular verbs – I worked / he played Negative Form: Use DID NOT + Base of Verb (long form) or DIDN’T + Base of Verb Question Form (Regular & Irregular Verbs): DID Subject Base of Verb – Did you buy a book at the shop? Irregular Form: Remember … Read More

PRESENT PERFECT TENSE – Form and Use

FORM Basic Form: Subject + Helping (Auxiliary)  verb ‘to have’ + Past Participle Question Form: Helping verb (Auxiliary) + Subject + Past Participle Negative Form: Subject + helping verb + not + Past Participle USE THE PRESENT PERFECT TO DESCRIBE: an action that began in past continues in present – I have been in Malta for 3 months. a past … Read More

PRESENT CONTINUOUS / PROGRESSIVE TENSE – Form and Use

FORM Regular Form: Verb ‘to be’ (am/is/are) + Base of Verb + ING (Present Participle).  Examples of the Present Participle: work + ING = work, talk + ING = talking Negative Form: Use verb ‘to be’ (am/is/are) + NOT + Present Participle.  Example: He is not working.  / She is not listening. Question Form (Regular & Irregular Verbs): Verb ‘to … Read More

PRESENT SIMPLE TENSE – form and use

USE PRESENT SIMPLE FOR; Routines – I work 5 days a week.  I go to the gym on Monday and Thursday during my lunch break. Habits – I have a cup of coffee for breakfast.  I smoke.  I bite my nails Facts – Water boils at 100 degrees Celsius.  The earth goes around the sun. Scheduled Future Events (i.e. timetables) … Read More