English tenses · Present perfect · tenses · Verb

What to Say when Someone Asks You a Question with Have You?

How to say I have and I haven’t. Let’s say someone asks you this question: Have you been in Paris? Maybe you’ve been there. So you say: Yes, I have. I was there two years ago. Or you haven’t been there. So you say: No, I haven’t. If you say: I do, or I don’t,… Continue reading What to Say when Someone Asks You a Question with Have You?

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English tenses · ESL grammar · Grammar · tenses · Verb

In Which Order Should You Learn the Tenses?

As I’ve told you in my last newsletter, English speakers find tenses very important. If you know you make lots of mistakes with tenses, or you don’t know when to use them at all, you definitely need to fix this. It would be one of the first things you’d need to fix about your English.… Continue reading In Which Order Should You Learn the Tenses?

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English tenses · tenses · Verb

Contractions (I’ve, he’s, I’m, don’t etc.)

Contraction means shortening. It also means the muscle contractions that a pregnant woman feels before she gives birth.  Or it can mean muscle contractions (shortening), like when you’re exercising. I think you can already know that we’re not going to talk about pregnancy or bodybuilding. I’m not sorry about that. This is about the shortening… Continue reading Contractions (I’ve, he’s, I’m, don’t etc.)

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easy grammar · English tenses · present simple · Uncategorized

Simple Present with Questions, including To Be and Other Verbs

What’s Your Name? I’m Jacqueline This is easy Grammar! Last time we talked about present simple with to be, and you can also check this article about present simple with other verbs. Now the difficult thing for lots of English learners is to put the two together. Can you use both present simple with to… Continue reading Simple Present with Questions, including To Be and Other Verbs

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How to Choose between Past Simple and Past Progressive and Use Them Together

Let’s start with an example: Mr Baker was talking when the Finance Director entered the room. First of all you should notice this sentence is in the past. I used two different past tenses in this sentence. Was talking. This is past progressive or continuous. Past progressive means a time in the past when someone… Continue reading How to Choose between Past Simple and Past Progressive and Use Them Together

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We were drinking coffee when the phone rang: Past Progressive – How and When to Use it

How to make the Past Progressive To make the past progressive you use “was” or “were” + a verb with –ing. Examples: was drinking were playing   When to use: 1 Past progressive is used to tell at what time something happened. Examples: At 9 o’clock Mary was having breakfast. Albrecht was playing badminton between… Continue reading We were drinking coffee when the phone rang: Past Progressive – How and When to Use it

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