The following practice is for advanced students. Do this only when you know how to use different tenses. You can use tenses with modals too. Modals are verbs like must, need, have to and ought to. Underneath are some examples for you to study: Each example is in the affirmative (= a statement), a question… Continue reading Can Humans Fly? – Mixed Tenses with Modals
In an earlier article we talked about automatic conditionals. They look like this: When I’m hungry, I eat. Catch up here. Now we’ll dissect (= analyse) another kind of conditional, which is Future Conditional. An example of that is: When you are ready, we will go. Bjørn Bulthuis What Is Future Conditionals? Futre conditionals… Continue reading Conditionals in the Future: When You’re Ready, We’ll Go.
Most of my students get excited when I tell them we’re going to learn conditionals. I don’t really know how to explain that happy glimmer in their eyes when I say the word “conditionals.” Although many of my students don’t know what conditionals are, they’ve heard the word somewhere and they know it’s IMPORTANT. Aha,… Continue reading Conditionals – Automatic conditionals: When I’m hungry, I eat.
Photo by Russell James Smith You already know that you can ask questions in Present Simple with “do” and “does.” An article with exercises is here: https://englishwithasmile.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=586&action=edit Or freshen up your knowledge of Present Simple here: https://englishwithasmile.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=363&action=edit However, questions with “who” are different. If you ask a question with who, you don’t use “do” or… Continue reading Easy Grammar – The Question of Who
This article is to clear up about “have” and “had.” I’ve had a number of people telling me they don’t understand where to use it. So here is a review of the main tenses with have. Have Present Simple In present simple, “have” means you are the owner of something. Or it is something that… Continue reading Easy Grammar Have and had
Present Simple is when you want to tell about things that you always do, or sometimes, or twice a week, etc. An earlier explanation about present simple is here. Now we’re going to ask questions in Present Simple. You ask questions with do and does. Use does for he, she, and it. Use do for… Continue reading Easy Grammar – Asking Questions in Present Simple
by Jacqueline Schaalje In another article we talked about Present Simple. Here is the link: https://englishwithasmile.org/2013/06/04/simpler-than-thou-english-tense-basics-present-simple/ I said then that Present Simple uses the basic form of the verb, or the infinitive. One bright reader then wrote to me asking how you can recognize the infinitive. He was right of course. Only when you can… Continue reading How to Recognize the Basic Form of a Verb
Or Simple Present. Believe me, I’ve never been a great fan of grammar. When I was younger, I never did a single grammar exercise in my life. But I’ve always read a lot. And so should you! When you read a lot, using correct grammar should just be a piece of cake. However when you… Continue reading Simpler Than Thou: English Tense Basics: Present Simple