Conditionals · ESL grammar · Grammar · tenses · Verb

The Difference Between If and When

By Jacqueline Schaalje J When you use “if,” it means that the situation can happen or not. If you say “when,” it’s certain the situation will happen. So “if” means = in the situation that, or in case that. And “when” means at the time that. If and when can both be conditionals, which you… Continue reading The Difference Between If and When

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Past Simple · Present perfect · tenses · Verb

Grammar Quiz – Overview of Present Perfect and Past Simple

By Jacqueline Schaalje In this article we’ll try to sort out present perfect and past simple. You can use both present perfect and past simple to say something about the past: 1. I spoke with Barney last week. (past simple) 2. I’ve just spoken to my mother. (present perfect) The Difference Between the Two The… Continue reading Grammar Quiz – Overview of Present Perfect and Past Simple

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article · ESL grammar · prepositions · Verb

Do You Make These Mistakes? – Some Easy Grammar Mistakes to Fix

By Jacqueline Schaalje Visiting Florence. Not: Visiting to Florence. What can you do, when you want to speak a language you need to follow the rules of that language. Not all people do, and sad to say, that makes it very hard to talk to them, because of confusion. If someone does not follow the… Continue reading Do You Make These Mistakes? – Some Easy Grammar Mistakes to Fix

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ESL grammar · Grammar · subject · Verb

Does Everyone Have Their Books Open? – Words that Take a Singular Verb

By Jacqueline Schaalje Look at the title of this article. Do you see a mistake there? Most of my students are surprised that everyone goes with does and not with do. They think it strange that everyone is not with a plural verb. Just remember, in English you say: Everyone has. Not: Everyone have. It could be that this… Continue reading Does Everyone Have Their Books Open? – Words that Take a Singular Verb

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easy grammar · ESL grammar · Grammar · present simple · Question · tenses · Verb

When to Use Do and Does, Questions and Negatives

By Jacqueline Schaalje Students ask me sometimes whether they can ask any question with do and does. I say, no, sometimes you need to ask with “can,” or with a form of to be (am, is, are). “So when do I need do or does?” the student will ask. Answer: First of all you use… Continue reading When to Use Do and Does, Questions and Negatives

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