The Construction “As…As…”


Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4   The construction “as…as…” can be a difficult point for students of English to use correctly. After we learn the comparatives and superlatives of adjectives, we think, Ok, this is easy! But the construction “as…as…” can prove to be a little harder to not only remember, but also to …

Zero Conditional: IF + PRESENT + PRESENT = ALWAYS


Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 First let’s remember when we use the first and second conditional. When we want to communicate that a situation and its consequence is a real possibility for an individual, we use the first conditional in English. For example, « If I study hard, I will pass the exam ». …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …

«The Present Simple and The Present Continuous» (Part Two)


This week’s blog is dealing with one of the most common mistakes that English learners make: the difference between the present simple and the present continuous. These tenses are often confused and used in place of each other.   I suppose the reason the two are mistaken for each other is that they are similar …

“There, They’re and Their”


As we saw in this week’s Tip of the Week, we’re discussing the word “there” and how it sounds like other words with different meanings. What part of speech is “there”? How do we pronounce it and use it in a sentence? Well, the difficulty comes from the fact that the word “there” is a …