Out now: The English Tenses Exercise Book!

Out now: The English Tenses Exercise Book!

It's been a long time coming but The English Tenses Exercise Book is finally out - available now in paperback and eBook form. This is the first ELB exercise book, which has been in the works since I first wrote The English Tenses Practical Grammar Guide - with luck...

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Different uses of the word ‘being’

Different uses of the word ‘being’

I recently received a question about the gerund being, as one of many uses of the -ing form to be. This is an interesting study of how one form of a verb can have many different uses and entirely different grammatical functions. In this case, being may be part of a...

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Coming soon: The English Tenses Exercise Book!

I'm delighted to announce that my latest English learning book is almost ready for release. This is my first exercise book, building on the success of the exercises on this website and the lessons provided in The English Tenses Practical Grammar Guide. And it's been a...

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Creative Writing Analysis: The Haunting of Hill House

If you've been following ELB for a while, you'll know I like to run Halloween-themed posts around this time of year. A quick look at the keyword here brings up a range of vocab and reading exercises. I got started early this month with an article on Shirley Jackson,...

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Build better sentences

“Everything you need to know!”

Master the English tenses

“The best book on learning the tenses so far!”

Test your grammar skills

“A treasure chest of tenses exercises!”

Improve your writing skills

a treasure chest of a book, full of nuggets of clarity, knowledge and guidance…”

Reading Practice: Shirley Jackson, a biography

Most years I try and do a few Halloween themed posts around October, and this time I’ve got a bit of reading practise focusing on one of my favourite writers, Shirley Jackson. I’ve written a little biography to share, including some of my thoughts on what we can learn...

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Tips for Success in English Writing Exams

I’m often asked about tips for writing essays, particularly for exams. There is a section on this in my book, Advanced Writing Skills, but it’s such a universal topic I thought it would be good to share the general advice here. Planning to Succeed Writing for exams...

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Improve your writing skills

a treasure chest of a book, full of nuggets of clarity, knowledge and guidance…”

Build better sentences

“Everything you need to know!”

Master the English tenses

“The best book on learning the tenses so far!”

Compound subjects with ‘and’ – singular or plural?

Are compound subjects using ‘and’ singular or plural? There are exceptions to the standard rule – this article explains with examples.

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Ongoing or Complete? A Past Simple or Continous Exercise

Taking a break between my examples of different tenses in use, this is a good time to share another English tenses exercise. You may know I'm developing an entire book of exercises to accompany The English Tenses Practical Grammar Guide; it's taken a long time but...

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