Colour or Color?

Have you ever wondered why some people write colour while others spell it color? Are you uncertain whether you should write favourite or favorite? The good news is, it’s up to you. British Spelling – American Spelling The only difference between the above examples is that the -ou- version is used in British, while the ...
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The Tenses in English 6: Present Perfect

We will now discuss the present perfect tense in detail. We will start with its form and will then talk about its usage. Form The present perfect consists of the auxiliary have / has plus the past participle form of the verb: I have been to China. She has done her homework. The Past Participle ...
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The Tenses in English 5: Present Perfect or Past Simple?

A problem that most learners of English face is when to use the past simple and when the present perfect. It’s true that both of them refer to actions in the past. But the present perfect is supposed to be a present tense, isn’t it? How is it present? What has it got to do ...
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Tenses 4: Present Simple or Present Continuous?

It’s not always easy to decide which tense is correct in the given situation. Let’s discuss when to use the present simple and when the present continuous tense. When to use the Present Simple and when the Present Continuous?      Present Simple        Present Continuous For daily habits, and actions that are regular or usual: ...
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The Tenses in English 3: Present Continuous

After the general introduction and the present simple, we are going to discuss the next tense, the present continuous or present progressive tense. Let’s see how it is built up and when we should use it. Structure: The verb be in its suitable form plus the verb in its –ing form. I                     am learning ...
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The Tenses in English 2: Present Simple

Many learners of English find it rather difficult to understand the twelve English tenses and to use them correctly. However, if one would like to speak English correctly, one has to use the tenses in the right way. Let us start our discussion of the tenses with the present. There are four tenses: present simple, ...
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Relatives 3: Defining And Non-Defining Relative Clauses

There are two kinds of relative clause. The first kind defines or identifies the person or thing it refers to (defining).  The second kind does not identify the person or thing but simply gives us extra information about it (non-defining). Defining Relative Clause This clause identifies the person/thing it refers to, and so it conveys ...
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The Tenses in English 1: An Introduction

In English there are three “Times”: present, past, and future. And there are four “Aspects”: simple, continuous, perfect, and perfect continuous. These combined add up to twelve tenses. It’s the verb (sometimes with auxiliaries) that shows the tense in a sentence. Time + Aspect = Tense Time: shows us WHEN something happens. If an event ...
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Reading Activities in the English Lesson

Texts are a great basis for a language lesson and there’s so much we can do with them. Improving not only reading skills! Let’s see what activities can be applied to build up a language class. All of these can be done in analog as well as online lessons. Reading and working with a text ...
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Online English Lessons

Online language lessons have a lot of advantages and they are just as effective as traditional classes. Let’s collect some of the upsides, shall we? Advantages The learner and teacher can be very far from each other, even in different countries. The teacher doesn’t have to rent a classroom or use their home for the ...
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