Remember vs Remind


Stage 5 Stage 6 Stage 7   When to use the verbs remember and remind can cause students some confusion, as both verbs can express the idea of bringing something to your mind, or not forgetting something. However, it is important to know that we use each verb in different situations.   Download Exercise   …

Tail Questions — Part II


Stage 6 Stage 7 Stage 8   In Spanish, there’s a very interesting way that we can use the word ‘no.’ When we think something is true and we want confirmation from another person, we can say it at the end of a sentence, with the intonation we use to indicate a question. The following …

Using ‘Should’ for the Past and Future


Stage 7 Stage 8 Stage 9   The modal auxiliary ‘should’ communicates the idea that we don’t necessarily have to do a particular action, but that it is the right thing to do; it is the best idea. You have alternatives, but the particular action is the right thing to do. Consider the following examples: …

The Three Meanings of ‘Then’


The word ‘then’ is a commonly used word in English. This is because it has three different meanings. And as we’ve seen with words like ‘get,’ ‘even,’ and ‘anyway,’ words with various meanings are naturally used quite often. Download Exercise The first meaning of ‘then’ is the same as ‘next.’ In this case, it’s normally …

Homographs in English


Stage 5 Stage 6 Stage 7 En artículos anteriores os hemos hablado de lo importante que es la pronunciación en inglés y especialmente cuando nos encontramos ante palabras que se escriben igual pero su pronunciación es diferente y su significado también. ¿Sabes de qué palabras te estamos hablando? Efectivamente, nos estamos refiriendo a esas palabras …

Uses of the Passive Voice
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Stage 5 Stage 6 Stage 7 Stage 8   In general we use the Active Voice in everyday speech. But there are some very common instances when it is useful to use the Passive Voice when speaking. Today we are going to look at four of these uses.   Download Exercise   1. When we …

The Gerund and the Present Participle in English


Stage 5 Stage 6 Stage 7   There is a certain suffix that all students of English know, and that is ‘-ing.’ We add this suffix to the end of a verb. Studying, eating, reading, sleeping. However, the same word can be classified in two different ways: as a gerund, or as a present participle. …

False Friends Between English and Spanish


Stage 6 Stage 7 Stage 8 Spanish and English have a lot of words that are either the same or at the very least close enough to be understood without having ever learned the language. These include a multitude of words that end in either –tion in English or –cion in Spanish. For example, “Education” …

Prepositions Related to Time


Stage 5 Stage 6 Stage 7 Prepositions, the great struggle for students of English everywhere! Although there exist some rules related to the use of prepositions, they must be learned, for the most part, by practice and trial and error. One useful way to learn them is by separating them into basic general categories, which …