Past Simple or Present Perfect Exercises

Mixed perfect and Simple Past Exercises Exercise 1: READ the text and complete the questions below by dragging the words to make questions in the Past Simple or Present Perfect Tense Hi.  I’m Mark Swain.  I’m an English teacher and I live in London.  I started teaching many, many years ago, in 1980.  I came to London in 1991 to find … Read More

Verb To Be – Contracted Forms Exercise

Positive and Negative Contracted Forms of the Verb TO BE  List of Contracted Forms in English Exercise 1 – Positive forms of the verb to be Use the contracted form of the verb to be to complete this exercise. Exercise 2 – Negative forms of the verb to be Use the negative contracted form of the verb to be to … Read More

Prepositions of Time Exercises

Prepositions of Time Exercises using Since, For, Ago, From…to, Till 4 Exercises. Level A1/A2  Do you know the rules for Since / For & Ago? Exercise 1: Drag the answers to complete the grammar rule. Exercise 2: Multiple Choice. Choose the answer to complete the blank in the sentence. Exercise 3: Check the grammar rules of From…to / for / … Read More


What’s the difference between CAN and COULD? CAN and COULD are very similar in the English language. Both words are very common because they have many meanings or functions. This means that both CAN and COULD can be used in various ways and different situations.   CAN COULD FRIENDLY FORM POLITE FORM ABILITY ABILITY IN THE PAST PERMISSION PERMISSION REFUSE … Read More


ALL  (OF) = the whole or complete group EVERY = each item / object / person in the group  Note that ALL is used with plural nouns while EVERY and EACH are used with singular nouns. ALL or EVERY? Compare the following example sentences: All my friends love pizza. / Every friend I have loves pizza. All dogs love meat. … Read More


Use Phrasal Verbs such as TAKE as much as possible. Native English speakers typically use plenty of Phrasal Verbs in everyday conversational English.  This is just a short list of Phrasal Verbs with TAKE – there are many more. PHRASAL VERB TAKE to take up – to start learning or doing something new.  She took up dancing when she was just 3 … Read More


Say and Tell are often confused by English learners. The two words have a very similar meaning and function.  When in doubt, follow this general rule: SAY something (to someone) TELL someone (something) CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE EXERCISES WITH SAY AND TELL WHEN TO USE SAY Use SAY to report Example Sentences: He said, ‘I don’t know how to do it.’. He … Read More