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Grammar Review

BONDING & SHARING – Picture Dictionary

February 19, 2016

BONDING & SHARING are two words you often hear in everyday conversation. Do you know the difference between the two words? In this post we'll discuss the different meanings of the words bonding and sharing and you'll learn a couple of great expressions you can use to impress everyone with...

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February 17, 2016
be used to

BE/GET USED TO DOING SOMETHING Do you know how to use BE USED TO DOING SOMETHING and GET USED TO DOING SOMETHING? We use these expressions to talk about something we do often. Here is what you need to know:   BE USED TO SOMETHING    BE USED TO DOING SOMETHING  ...

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February 17, 2016
used to

USED TO DO SOMETHING Do you know how to use USED TO? We use this expression to talk about something we did regularly in the past. So the key ideas that can help you remember it are the following: USED TO refers to: something you did REGULARLY IN THE PAST...

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Suffixes Made Easy – Now I Know

February 2, 2016

What are suffixes? Suffixes are groups of letters glued to the ending of a word to make new words. For example, you call someone who always helps other people HELPFUL (HELP+FUL). The base word here is HELP and the suffix I added is FUL (= full of). The two components...

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Prefixes Made Easy – Now I Know

February 2, 2016

What are prefixes? Prefixes are groups of letters glued to the beginning of a word to make new words. For example, you may go to the movies for the PREVIEW (PRE+VIEW) of a new movie - an advance showing of the movie before it is officially open to the public....

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Causative verbs – Get, Have, Make, Let, Help

January 21, 2016
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We use causative verbs to show that someone or something caused something to happen. Causative verbs are: get, have, make, let and help. Here is what you need to know about the causative in English. Try a quick quiz to practice the causative! Causative # 1 - HAVE/GET SOMETHING DONE...

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Easily Confused Words – Find, Found & Fund Explained

January 18, 2016
Confusing words

The verbs find, found, and fund are easily confused - people often have a hard time learning them, so let's do a quick revision and see how they differ in meaning and how they are used in context. After that you can take an interactive quiz to practice using the...

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Present Tenses Review – Verb tenses in English Made Easy

January 12, 2016
present tenses

The present tenses can be used to talk about the present, general time and even the future. Do you know how to use them well? Let's revise them one by one! The present tenses in English are: the Present Simple, the Present Continuous, the Present Perfect and the Present Perfect...

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Verb Tenses Made Easy – An Introduction

January 8, 2016
Verb tenses

Verb tenses in English can be challenging even if you have already been studying English for many years. The tense system in your first language may be very different from English so it usually takes some time before you can really master them.   Verb tenses in English are not...

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Present Perfect Tense – NOW I KNOW

December 18, 2015
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This new family movie gives us the perfect excuse to revise the present perfect tense. It's a verb tense many people get wrong but, in fact, it's really not complicated. So here is what you need to know! Level: B1 and above   Watch the trailer and note down the...

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Problem words # 2 – Lie and Lay Explained & Interactive Quiz

December 8, 2015
Confusing words

These words are easily confused, so let's quickly revise them and see how they differ in meaning. After that, take a short, interactive quiz to practice using the words in context. Level: B2 and above Language focus: grammar, verbs in context TIP: It's a good idea to print out this...

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The Conditionals QUIZ

December 6, 2015
Grammar_Conditionals Quiz

What would you do if you won the lottery? I'd buy a house, world-wide health insurance cover for my family and have lots of fun :) In the meantime, let's practice expressing sentences about hypotheses - the ones with 'if' - with this interactive quiz!    

In everyday conversations we often hypothesize about the present or the past. “If you hurry, we can still catch the bus. If you don’t finish you spinach, you can’t have desert. If we had more money, we could buy this house.” And the list can go on and on.
Let’s practice hypothesizing in English with this quick grammar quiz!


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The Top 10 Most Common Informal Expressions with ‘Wish’

November 17, 2015
Wish expressions

These expressions are very often used in real-life English - knowing them will make your English flow naturally! So here you go!     1) to make a wish = to try to make something happen by thinking about it He blew out the candles on his cake and made...

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November 17, 2015

Talking about wishes is no easy task in English. Let's do a quick quiz to see if you know the most important rules! Scroll down for explanations about how to use "wish"  

We talk a lot about about our wishes, hopes, and even frustration with whatever is going on. Take this quick quiz to practice how to do this in English.

How to use "wish" in English?   1 Using wish to say 'want' You can...

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Dropouts, Startups and Turnover – Nouns from Phrasal Verbs

November 11, 2015
Nouns from PVs1

Phrasal verbs make up (see this one right there?) a huge category of English vocabulary! Phrasal verbs combine a verb like MAKE and a preposition or adverb like UP. What a lot of people find difficult about learning phrasal verbs is that one verb can combine with several prepositions to...

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16 Words Often Used Incorrectly – A2/B1 level – QUIZ

October 22, 2015
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These words are often used incorrectly, so let's see how well you can use them. Do the quiz, and then read the explanations to help you remember them better! Level: A2/B1  

Here it goes!

  EXPLANATIONS - WORDS TO KNOW Between and among Between is used to separate people or...

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Work-Life Balance – Unfinished Business?

October 9, 2015
WorkLife Balance

Having a successful career, or even making ends meet while raising a family causes headaches to many of us on a daily basis. Is work-life balance even possible for most people? Level: B2 and above   Watch the interview and match the words to their definition. TIP: Use the transcript...

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Grammar: Talking about probability or chance…

July 27, 2015

How to say that something will probably or possibly happen? Scroll down for a quick task to review ways to talk about probability!   Decide which of the following sentences describe the probability of something happening. Tom must be in his office, the light is on. Sheila must get up...

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