“The Past Perfect”


Stage 5 Stage 6 We are going to take a look at a verb tense, a perfect tense: the Past Perfect. We’ve introduced this tense in class this week, so we thought it would be helpful to go over it again and in greater detail. We use the Past Perfect when there are two actions …

“The Third Conditional”


Stage 5 Stage 6 A destacar de este modo verbal su carácter hipotético, incluso, irreal. Derivado de ello, el condicional expresa cierto sentido de fatalismo, lo que pudo ser y no fue, condicionando la realidad presente a una actuación hipotética situada en el pasado. Este tipo de construcciones son, por tanto, totalmente ilusorias, ya que, …

“Primary and Modal Auxiliary Verbs”


Stage 6 Stage 7 This week´s blog is about primary auxiliary verbs and modal auxiliary verbs. In English there are three primary auxiliaries; they are ‘BE’, ‘HAVE’ and ‘DO’. There are ten common modals; they are ‘CAN’, ‘COULD’, ‘WILL’, ‘WOULD’, ‘SHALL’, ‘SHOULD’, ‘MAY’, ‘MIGHT’, ‘MUST’ and ‘OUGHT’. The first thing that we should know about …

“Transition/Linking Words and Phrases”


Stage 6 Stage 7 Stage 8 Transition (or linking) words and phrases are useful tools that allow us to better express ourselves in formal conversation, and especially in our writing. There are many examples of transition words and phrases, but here we’ll only be looking at a few of them. To get our brains working, …

“The Passive Voice” (Part Two)


Stage 5 Stage 6 For example, if the active voice sentence is “I broke the window” then the passive voice would become “The window was broken by me” and as you can see I changes to me in the passive voice. Other times you might need to change She to Her or He to Him. …

“Thinking of example sentences in English”


Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 The average student’s most common example will involve using the present simple. For example, imagine the teacher asks you for an example of ‘give back.’ Many examples will look something like this: ~I give back the phone to my friend. ~He gives my pen back to me. There are …

“Direct and Indirect Speech”


Stage 6 Stage 7 The most important thing to know about direct and indirect speech is that we use them to report what somebody has said. You can report what you said or what another person said. We usually do this when we haven´t heard what a person has said. For example if somebody is …

“The Future Perfect and The Future Simple”


The first thing you should understand about the future perfect and future simple is their structures. To form the future simple we use the word ‘will’ followed by an infinitive without ‘to’. For example “I will go to the party tonight” or “You will have a class tomorrow”. This is pretty easy, isn´t it? We …