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The English Alphabet‏‎ 31 Oct 2014 16:07
The English Alphabet‏‎

The English Alphabet contains 26 letters. These can be divided into vowels and consonants‏‎. The vowels are: a,e,i,o,u The consonants are: b,c,d,f,g,h,j,k,l,m,n,p,q,r,s,t,v,w,x,y,z Every word has at least one vowel sound. When we write them, [ ... ]

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Present vs Present Perfect 31 Oct 2014 15:33
Present vs Present Perfect

There is sometimes confusion over which to use of these verb forms: the Present Tense or the Perfect Tense. The cat is here. > The cat has been here. Simon is writing. > Simon has been writing. Generally speaking we would use the present to talk [ ... ]

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Cleft Clause‏‎ in English Grammar31 Oct 2014 14:24
Cleft Clause‏‎ in English Grammar


A cleft sentence (cleft, past participle of cleave = split) is a sentence that has been split into two clauses - a main clause and a subordinate clause - in order to emphasize one part of it. This part is often referred to as [ ... ]

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Detective Reading31 Oct 2014 13:58
Detective Reading

Detective Reading is a simple reading exercise to give your students practice in intensive reading. The students will check for details and clues in the text to answer several questions. Preparation Find a text which is of suitable length and level [ ... ]

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Conditional Mood‏‎ in English Grammar31 Oct 2014 13:45
Conditional Mood‏‎ in English Grammar

This article explores the Conditional Mood; for a simple introduction to conditionals, see Conditionals‏‎ in English Grammar. The Conditional Mood is the form of the verb used in conditional sentences to refer to a hypothetical situation or an uncertain [ ... ]

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Transitive & Intransitive Verbs in English31 Oct 2014 13:07
Transitive & Intransitive Verbs in English

Here are two sentences, the first with a Transitive Verb, the second with an Intransitive Verb: She held her breath. She laughed. This illustrates at a glance the basic difference between the two types of verbs‏‎. Transitive Verbs Quite simply [ ... ]

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Linking Verbs or Copulas31 Oct 2014 13:01
Linking Verbs or Copulas

A linking verb links the subject of the sentence to more information about that subject (the predicate). A linking verb is also known as a copula (plural copulas or copulae.) In English most verbs‏‎ describe an action. For example: Sofia directs her [ ... ]

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Question Tags‏‎ in English31 Oct 2014 12:59
Question Tags‏‎ in English

Question tags are used at the end of sentences when we want to check something, when we want someone to do something or when we want to show surprise. They are separated from the main question by a comma: You're English, aren't you? You've got five minutes [ ... ]

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All About Shall (vs Will)31 Oct 2014 10:56
All About Shall (vs Will)

When we talk about the future, most often we'll use words like will or be going to: They will arrive tomorrow afternoon.
I'm going to see the match. However, there is an alternative: shall. These days, people often talk about shall as though it's on [ ... ]

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Future Simple‏‎ in English Grammar31 Oct 2014 10:52
Future Simple‏‎ in English Grammar

The future simple is used to express future time. I will be happy to help you anytime! I am going to go Spain tomorrow morning! Our staff will answer your calls between 8am and 5pm. The future simple is in itself a fairly straightforward tense to explain [ ... ]

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