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  • Grammar contrasts 1: 'used to' and 'would'

    Author: Tim Bowen Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Reference material

    An article by Tim Bowen explaining the difference between 'used to' and 'would' when talking about the past.

  • Grammar contrasts 2: past simple vs present perfect

    Author: Scott Thornbury Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Reference material

    An article explaining the difference between the present perfect and past simple tenses.

  • Grammar contrasts 3: will vs going to

    Author: Scott Thornbury Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Reference material

    An article explaining the difference between 'will' and 'going to' when talking about the future.

  • Grammar: adverbials and phrases

    Author: Robert Allen Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Reference material

    Further examples of stance markers and adverbials.

  • Grammar: affixes

    Author: Scott Thornbury Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Reference material, Teaching notes

    An article offering advice and suggestions on how to teach affixes in a contextualized way.

  • Grammar: differences between could and can

    Author: Jonathan Marks Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Reference material

    An article discussing the differences between 'could' and 'can' when expressing possibility.

  • Grammar: frequency adverbs

    Author: Scott Thornbury Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Reference material

    A discussion about frequency adverbs and word order.

  • Grammar: gradable and non-gradable adjectives

    Author: Lindsay Clandfield and Kerry Maxwell Level: Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Reference material, Teaching notes

    An article offering advice and teaching suggestions on the subject of gradable and non-gradable adjectives.

  • Grammar: have got

    Author: Scott Thornbury Level: Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Teaching notes

    Scott Thornbury explains how 'have got' came to have its modern meaning and usage.

  • Grammar: -ing forms and post modification

    Author: Scott Thornbury Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Reference material

    An article discussing -ing forms and post modification.

  • Grammar: modal verbs 'may' and 'might'

    Author: Scott Thornbury Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Reference material

    An article explaining the difference between the modal verbs 'may' and 'might.'

  • Grammar: mood and modality 1

    Author: Jonathan Marks Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Teaching notes

    Jonathan Marks explains the difference between mood and modality.

  • Grammar: mood and modality 2

    Author: Jonathan Marks Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Teaching notes

    Jonathan Marks explains the difference between mood and modality.

  • Grammar: passives

    Author: Jonathan Marks Level: Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Teaching notes

    Some advice and suggestions for practising the passive in a conversation class.

  • Grammar: passives in conversation

    Author: Lindsay Clandfield Level: Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Teaching notes

    Lindsay Clandfield offers some advice and suggestions for practising the passive in conversation classes.

  • Grammar: practising the present and past simple tenses

    Author: Scott Thornbury Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary Type: Reference material, Teaching notes

    Imaginative suggestions for teaching the present and past simple tenses to children.

  • Grammar: regular and irregular verbs

    Author: Lindsay Clandfield Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Reference material, Teaching notes

    Practical suggestions for teaching regular and irregular verbs.

  • Grammar: reporting verb patterns

    Author: Scott Thornbury Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Reference material, Teaching notes

    A discussion and teaching suggestions for reporting verb patterns.

  • Grammar: stance markers and adverbials

    Author: Scott Thornbury Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Reference material

    An article giving examples and explaining the usage of stance markers and adverbials.

  • Grammar: teaching children grammar

    Author: Lindsay Clandfield Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary Type: Reference material

    An article discussing a communicative approach to teaching children grammar.

  • Grammar: teaching conditionals

    Author: Jonathan Marks Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Reference material

    An article talking about confusion with conditionals and the phrasal verb 'to put off.'

  • Grammar: teaching the modals 'ought to', 'should', 'must' and 'have to'.

    Author: Tim Bowen Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Reference material, Teaching notes

    Suggestions for teaching the modals 'ought to', 'should', 'must' and 'have to' when talking about suggestion or advice.

  • Grammar: the article in English

    Author: Scott Thornbury Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Reference material

    An article discussing the rules of the definite article.

  • Grammar: the syntactic function of -ing forms

    Author: Scott Thornbury Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Reference material

    An article discussing the syntactic function of -ing forms.

  • Grammar: the verb 'to be'

    Author: Scott Thornbury Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Reference material

    A discussion answer to the question "what is the verb 'to be'?"

  • Grammar: 'them' and 'they'

    Author: Kerry Maxwell and Lindsay Clandfield Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Teaching notes

    An explanation of the use of 'them' and 'they' in different contexts.

  • Grammar: two-syllable comparatives

    Author: Scott Thornbury Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Reference material

    An article discussing the usage of comparative and superlative forms of two-syllable adjectives.

  • Grammar: 'unless' and 'if'

    Author: Scott Thornbury Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Reference material

    An article explaining the difference in meaning between 'if' and 'unless' in conditional sentences.

  • Grammar: verbal adjectives

    Author: Scott Thornbury Level: Starter/beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Teaching notes

    An article talking about the existence of verbal adjectives.

  • Grammar: word order in passive questions

    Author: Lindsay Clandfield and Kerry Maxwell Level: Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: Reference material, Teaching notes

    An article offering an explanation and teaching suggestions on word order in passive questions.

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