The Past Continuous


Stage 5 Stage 6 En este espacio gramatical daremos consideración a la formación verbal del “Past Continuous”. Como avance, diremos que el “past continuous” se utiliza para describir: – Acciones prolongadas del pasado, pero aún sin saldar en el presente por: inconclusas, inacabadas o interrumpidas. – Acciones ocurridas en un tiempo concreto del pasado. – …

“The different uses of the word ‘even’”


Stage 5 Stage 6 Tanto la polisemia como la homonimia engloban aquellos signos lingüísticos en los que existe un significante con más de un significado. La diferencia fundamental entre ambos fenómenos la establece la etimología de dichos signos, es decir, su origen.

“The Active and Passive Voice”


Stage 5 Stage 6 La voz activa se sustenta sobre los tiempos naturales del verbo, siendo esta la forma común en la que nos expresamos. En la voz activa la acción parte del sujeto: El profesor explicó la gramática con muchos ejemplos. Por el contrario, en la voz pasiva, el sujeto es quien recibe la …

“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 …