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The Present Simple

The Present Simple

The present simple is usually the first tense you learn when you study English. It is a very easy tense to form, just remember to add an ‘s’ to the third person singular. I walk to work every morning. BUT: He walks to work every morning. This little ‘s’ makes a big difference and can … Continue reading

Present Perfect or Past Simple?

Present Perfect or Past Simple?

Which tense to use? This can be a tricky question because both tenses are used to talk about things in the past. And in fact, very often we use them together in a happy mix! 😉 For example: Taylor: How long have you lived in Barcelona? James: Oh, I’ve only moved here recently. I arrived … Continue reading

FOR or SINCE with the present perfect?

FOR or SINCE with the present perfect?

Hi everyone! I hope you have found the videos on the present perfect tenses useful. Sometimes it can be difficult to understand when you have to use ‘since’ and when you have to use ‘for’ with these tenses. ‘I have lived in Barcelona since 3 years.’ Is this correct? …. no! It’s ‘I have lived … Continue reading

The Present Perfect Continuous

The Present Perfect Continuous

To complete last week’s post, here is the video explaining the present perfect continuous and the difference between the simple and continuous tense. The main difference is the verb you use: an action verb or a state verb. Action verbs describe a process, for example: walk, live, work, talk, listen, cook, write, make. These verbs can … Continue reading

The Present Perfect Simple

The Present Perfect Simple

A new week, a new tense! This time we’ll have a look at the present perfect simple. The name of this tense can be a bit confusing because this tense is generally used to talk about the past – not the present. You can use it to talk about general past experiences when you want to … Continue reading

The Past Continuous

The Past Continuous

Here comes the second post in our new series on the English tense system. The past continuous is a fairly simple tense to learn and use. For example, I could tell you what I did yesterday afternoon: On Wednesday afternoon I was walking through the beautiful Park Labyrinth in Horta with my friend Cat and her … Continue reading

The Past Simple

The Past Simple

Welcome to the first blog post on the tense system in English! I wanted to create a video series on all the English tenses for a long time and this week I have finally started with this project. You can expect at least one video per week for the next few months. In the first … Continue reading

Start Writing in English

Start Writing in English

You find it difficult to write in English and don’t know how to express yourself on paper? Maybe you need to write more because you are preparing for an English exam such as the FCE or CAE and you just don’t know how to start. Here are six creative ideas to help you get started: … Continue reading

How to use the passive in English

How to use the passive in English

Hello again! I hope you found my previous video on ‘How to form the passive’ helpful? Today’s video will answer questions like ‘Why do we even have a passive construction in English?’ and ‘What is the difference between an active and a passive sentence?’. Make sure you write some own example sentences when you have … Continue reading