The Present Perfect and the Past Simple (Revisited)


Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 When we introduce the Present Perfect and Past Simple tenses for the first time, students sometimes make mistakes and use one when the correct choice is the other. In order to avoid these mistakes, we need to understand clearly when we use each of these verb tenses.   Download …

7 uses of the word ‘So’ in English


In this week´s blog I am going to speak about the word ‘so’. The reason I am going to talk about this small word is because it can be used in many ways. Words like ‘so’ can cause a lot of confusion for English language students because there are such a lot of ways in …

Idioms lost in space


  With all of the interest in space at the moment, it might be a good time to look at some idioms that involve space and interplanetary bodies. English has many sayings that include space, the planets and the heavens in general. Let’s have a look at some of them now.   Download Exercise   …

Indefinite Pronouns (Part Two)


Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3   The meaning of the words any and some is «algunos/as», but we use any in questions and negative sentences, and some in positive sentences. For example, we say: ~ «Are there any books on the table?», «Yes, there are some books on the table» ~ «Are there any …

Easter Traditions in England


Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6   Easter is almost here everyone!   Download Exercise   I’m going to take myself on a trip down memory lane and let you discover what growing up was like for a child in the English countryside. I also realize that I now have the urge to learn more …

Articles in English (Two Part)


Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 This week we are going to go back to basics and look at the words the, a and an. These words appear in almost every sentence and are an essential building block in the language. They are collectively known as articles. We call the word “the” the definite article. …

Phrasal verbs with ‘Break’


Stage 9 Stage 10 Stage 11 Stage 12   What’s a phrasal verb? It’s a phrase containing a verb and normally either an adverb or a preposition. Today we’ll be looking at phrasal verbs that contain the verb ‘break.’   Download Exercise   The first phrasal verb we will discuss is ‘break down.’ It has …

Conjunctions


Stage 7 Stage 8 Conjunctions are words that we use to join two clauses together to make longer sentences. There are many words that we use for this purpose. However, the three most common are ‘and’, or ‘and’ but.   Download Exercise   We use the word ‘and’ to link two ideas together. These can …

The Structure Not…either


Stage 7 Stage 8 Remember that the words “also”, “as well” and “too” mean the same thing. The only difference is how we use them in a sentence: “as well” and “too” go at the end, and “also” goes after the first auxiliary verb, or before the main verb. But an important feature of these …

False Friends


Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 This week we are going to look at some false friends between English and Spanish. False friends are what we call words that look very similar but the actual meanings of the words are very different. It is very common to see a word and try to equate it …