Saturday, February 29, 2020

HELP! 'do' or 'make'?

Complete the following sentences using do or make.

1. It will _______more harm than good.

a) make
b) do
c) either could be used here

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Saturday, February 22, 2020

Cornflakes Galore

I've been into the art posts lately; there really is just so much good stuff out there.

Here is the work of artist Sarah Rosado, who makes surprising creations using cornflakes. From Amy Winehouse to Drake, including Jimmy Hendrix and John Lennon, all these figures are faithfully recreated in an original way!

Saturday, February 15, 2020



He is the best student because he studies a lot.
               (result)      <———-    (reason)
  • I didn’t go to class because I was sick.
  • We arrived early today because we have a meeting at 7:00 AM.
  • She got presents because it was her birthday.


He studies a lot, so he is the best student.
   (reason)    ——–>   (result) 
  • Jane didn’t like the movie, so she turned off the TV.
  • Yesterday was a holiday, so the school was closed.
  • I lost my car keys, so I took a taxi.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Adverbs of Frequency

With the present simple, we often use adverbs of frequency to say 'how often' we do something. Here's a list of common adverbs:
  • always
  • frequently
  • generally
  • hardly ever
  • infrequently
  • never
  • normally
  • occasionally
  • often
  • rarely
  • regularly
  • seldom
  • sometimes
  • usually
We usually put these adverbs in the middle of the sentence, between the subject and the verb:
  • often go to the cinema.
  • She sometimes visits me at home.
  • We usually drink coffee.
We can also put them at the very beginning or end of the sentence. This makes them stronger:
  • Often I go to the cinema.
  • I go to the cinema often.
  • But neverI go often to the cinema.
Here are some other expressions we can use to say 'how often'. All of these longer phrases go at the beginning or the end of the sentence but not in the middle.
  • once in a while: I go to the cinema once in a while.
  • every now and again: She drinks wine every now and again.
  • from time to time: From time to time I visit my mother.
To say how often something happens, you can use a number or 'several' or 'many', followed by 'times'.( If the number is one, use 'once' instead of 'one time'. If the number is two use 'twice,' instead of 'two times') Then add 'a' and a period of time:
  • I go to the cinema twice a week.
  • She takes these tablets three times a day.
  • I change the sheets once a fortnight (fortnight = two weeks).
  • I meet him several times a year.
  • I visit my parents once a month.
We can also use 'every' + period of time:
  • every morning
  • every day
  • every Tuesday
  • every week
  • every month
A day of the week with 's' at the end (for example 'on Tuesdays') means the same as 'every Tuesday':
  • I take a dance class on Wednesdays.
  • I relax on Saturdays.
Practice HERE

Saturday, February 1, 2020

What's the difference? Present Perfect and Past Simple

Present Perfect SimplePast Simple
Unfinished actions that started in the past and continue to the present:
  • I've known Julie for ten years (and I still know her).
Finished actions:
  • knew Julie for ten years (but then she moved away and we lost touch).
A finished action in someone's life (when the person is still alive: life experience):
  • My brother has been to Mexico three times.
A finished action in someone's life (when the person is dead):
  • My great-grandmother went to Mexico three times.
A finished action with a result in the present:
  • I've lost my keys! (The result is that I can't get into my house now).
A finished action with no result in the present:
  • lost my keys yesterday. It was terrible! (Now there is no result. I got new keys yesterday).
With an unfinished time word (this week, this month, today):
  • I've seen John this week.
With a finished time word (last week, last month, yesterday):
  • saw John last week.

  1. We use the past simple for past events or actions which have no connection to the present.
  2. We use the present perfect for actions which started in the past and are still happening now OR for finished actions which have a connection to the present.
  3. We CAN'T use the present perfect with a finished time word:
    • NOT: I've been to the museum yesterday.
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