Modal Auxiliaries For Probability


Stage 8 Stage 9 Stage 10 Many times when we are trying to say how likely we think something is, we use words like sure, certain, probably and perhaps. But another useful way of saying the exact same thing is to use modal auxiliary verbs, such as may, might and must. There are many different …

No Pun Intended


Stage 13 Stage 14 Stage 15 Everybody loves a good joke. Or even a bad one sometimes. But we all love to laugh at something, even if you are laughing at the joke teller in a mocking way instead of at the joke itself. One of the best kinds of jokes, but often one of …

Prepositions + Nouns and Gerunds


Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Prepositions are used in English to express spatial or temporal relations for things. Some of the most common prepositions in English are on, in, under, before, after, for, from and with. One of the most important things to remember about prepositions is that they must be followed by a …

So would I – Neither can he


Stage 7 Stage 8 Stage 9 There are times when somebody says something, and we want to reply that the same situation is true for us. Imagine that your friend says to you, “I would love to visit China some day.” And you have the same desire to visit China!   Download Exercise   Of …

Adjectives and Adverbs


Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Adjectives are words that describe nouns. When it comes to the positioning of adjectives in a sentence, they go in front of nouns. For example, in the sentence “I have two black cars,” the word ‘black’ is an adjective, and it describes the noun ‘cars.’ Some examples of adjectives …

Comparatives: Big And Small Differences


Stage 8 Stage 9 Stage 10 As we already know, we use comparatives in English to communicate a difference between two people or things. For example,   Download Exercise   ~ John is older than Steven. ~ Sitges is smaller than Barcelona   The sentences above show a difference but we don’t know how important …

Colloquial English Expressions and Phrasal Verbs — Part I


Stage 14 Stage 15 Stage 16 Stage 17 Stage 18 Here are some tables of the items of vocabulary (idioms, phrasal verbs and colloquial language). The vocabulary is everday language familiar to all English-speaking people and useful to anybody planning to visit an English-speaking country or do business with English-speaking people. The tables list all …

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   …