Quiz: Prepositions.

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3 exclamations you can’t live without.

The vision for your English. When you are truly fluent in English you’ll be able to produce accurate, flowing sentences with an air of confidence and good feeling. You won’t have to actively think about grammar – all those rules will be internalised and you’ll be able to flip between tenses like an acrobat. Your accent will be reduced to…

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3 mistakes that you might not realise are mistakes.

1. western not occidental When you want to talk about countries in the West or countries that have been heavily influenced by European culture we prefer ‘Western’. ‘Occidental’ is a real word but it’s very unusual to hear a native speaker using this word in a natural conversation – in fact most native speakers will give you…

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Use gerund (-ing) after these 5 verbs.

Some verbs are special. When you say certain verbs in English you have to remember to use the gerund (-ing) form in the following verb – there is no real rule to this, you just have to learn the list by heart. You can find complete lists of verbs that require the gerund on the internet which is very…

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You have 3 choices after you say ‘think’.

I am thinking to study about studying more grammar. 7 out of 9. Not bad at all! You’ve just finished a fill-in-the-blanks exercise on structures after verbs. It was really quite dull so when the teacher asks, ‘OK! Is everyone clear on those structures?’,  you offer a convincing nod, hoping that the teacher will move on to a more…

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3 situations when you need the -ing form.

The basics You might have never  really thought about it before so I should explain the basics. In English, verbs  normally appear in one of three forms: 1. verbs that are conjugated (He goes, They went etc) 2. verbs in the gerund (-ing form) 3. verbs in the infinitive (to go, to do etc) Number 1 is quite straightforward because that’s how…

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Quiz: Gerund or infinitive

Do you know when to use gerund and when to use infinitive? Click on the image if it’s not already moving.   Are you serious about reaching fluency in English? Sign up to get the free ebook: The 15 Most Common Mistakes in English.

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A simple fact about the verb ‘to want’ that you might not know.

A very common mistake. Of course you know ‘to want’. It’s one of the most frequent words in the English language, and it’s probably one of the first words you learnt when you started your English journey all those years ago. But now you are at an intermediate level and native speakers never correct you,…

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QUIZ – Present perfect continuous or simple?

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Quiz: How good are your conditionals?

A really tricky part of English grammar. Conditionals can be a nightmare. At the London Conversation Group we have a student who always makes the group laugh with his fear of conditionals. He begins his sentence with a big, bold, ‘If . . . ‘, . . .then he pauses for a while . . .…

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