Combining Different Tenses: Past Simple and Past Continuous

Combining Different Tenses: Past Simple and Past Continuous

I was recently asked for some basic rules regarding how we can combine two different tenses in one sentence – for example which tenses can or cannot be used together. I’m not aware a comparison of the tenses being readily available in this way; my instinct is that...

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ELB 10k – Book Giveaway

ELB recently passed 10,000 books sold, which is cause to celebrate. It's incredible how far the books have reached, so, this week I'm running a flash giveaway, open from now until Feb 19th, of 15 EBOOKS - five of each of our currently available books: Advanced Writing...

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What does it mean to “be of help”?

The phrase “to be of help” is a construction roughly synonymous with “helpful”. “Of help” is particularly common in formal settings, and has a subtly different meaning and application to the adjective “helpful”. I briefly touched on such “noun of noun” constructions...

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Master the English tenses

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

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!”

The Gift of Time – Christmas English Tenses Exercise

It's that time of the year again where we put lights in the windows and try to bring good cheer, so I've got a new Christmas-themed exercise for you. In the style of the popular Christmas Mess exercise I shared before, the following is a short Christmas story that...

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17 English Tenses Exercises

I've been asked a few times recently about exercises to go with The English Tenses Practical Grammar Guide - a book I always intended to produce a companion exercise book for. There's no exercise book yet, but I do have 17 exercises to offer right now. When I first...

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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!”

How to Add Emphasis in Writing

Emphasis is when a particular stress or importance is given to something. Many exceptions to grammatical rules in English relate to emphasising particular words or ideas, making it a very important and also very broad topic. Structure, word order, vocabulary choice,...

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My Advice on Getting Started Teaching Abroad

I've answered a few emails recently from potential teachers asking for advice on how to get into TEFL teaching, or teaching abroad in general, so it's time I shared some of my thoughts. I started teaching English as a foreign language, as many teachers do, because I...

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