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20 Day English - Day 20: Passive sentences grammar quiz

20 Day English - Day 20: Passive sentences grammar quiz

Passive sentences are all about changing the focus of what you are talking about.

For example: Somebody stole my bike (this is a normal ACTIVE sentence)

Subject, verb, object

Subject = Somebody (the person doing the verb)

Verb = stole (the past simple of 'to steal')

Object = my bike

But I am not interested in that horrible 'somebody'. I am MORE interested in my poor little bike.

So, by changing to a sentence with passive grammar, the whole focus of what I am saying changes.

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20 Day English - Day 19: Third Conditional English grammar quiz

20 Day English - Day 19: Third Conditional English grammar quiz

Third conditionals (sometimes called Type 3 conditionals) are sentences where the speaker is thinking about the past and how it could have been different.

So, normally a 3rd conditional sentence expresses some kind of regret.

This grammar construction is sometimes known as a 'true hypothetical' and that is a good description because we are always talking about somehow changing the past, but as no-one has invented a time machine, it is impossible to go back and change the past, so all 3rd conditional sentences are therefore 100% hypothetical

 

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20 Day English - Day 10: Present perfect vs past simple grammar quiz

20 Day English - Day 10: Present perfect vs past simple grammar quiz

Present perfect is a grammar tense that causes a lot of problems for learners and results in lots of mistakes.

It is difficult for students to separate the past simple and the present perfect in their mind.

Often  it is because there is no direct translation for present perfect in students' own mother tongue language.

The best way to think about these tenses is this:

 

PAST SIMPLE

When you are thinking/speaking/writing about an action from the past that has definitely finished, then use the PAST SIMPLE.

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20 Day English - Day 9: English Grammar 50/50 Quiz

20 Day English - Day 9: English Grammar 50/50 Quiz

We are almost at the end of week 2 of the 20 Day English challenge to boost your English in 5 minutes every day.

Today the short test will challenge your knowledge of grammar. 

Specifically, the questions will cover small, annoying and tricky grammar issues like

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20 Day English - Day 7: Intermediate Modals grammar quiz

20 Day English - Day 7: Intermediate Modals grammar quiz

Modal verbs are super common in English.

They appear so frequently that learners begin using them in even the first ever English classes they study in.

Can, will, must, could etc are the 'helping verbs' (also called auxiliary verbs) used in millions of sentences.

Let's look briefly at the basic meanings of these auxiliary modal verbs...

 

MODAL VERBS BASIC DEFINITION

 

CAN = something is possible, or it is allowed, or someone has the ability to do something

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20 Day English - Day 5: Advanced phrasal verbs grammar quiz

20 Day English - Day 5: Advanced phrasal verbs grammar quiz

We are at the end of the first week of the SGI 20 Day English Challenge!

I hope you have completed all the other quick quizzes every day to give a nice boost to your English language skills.

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20 Day English - Day 4: Prepositions in v on v at English grammar quiz

20 Day English - Day 4: Prepositions in v on v at English grammar quiz

Day Four of the 20 day English challenge! Today we have a quiz for you to test your knowledge of English grammar.

If you are just joining us now there are the previous 3 day's tests to complete to boost your English knowledge

Day 1: Spelling quiz

Day 2: Email sentences test

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20 Day English Challenge: 2 - Perfect Email sentences

20 Day English Challenge: 2 - Perfect Email sentences

New year = new you. We are doing 5 minutes of quick English improvement every day to start 2017 off just right.
How did you do with yesterday's English spelling challenge? Did you get every question correct?

Today, we look at perfecting Email sentences with a 10-question quick quiz. Most of the sentences are from a business context: some are formal and others are less formal, but all the correct versions are 100% useful.

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Trinity ISE B1 Test - Example Questions and Answers

Trinity ISE B1 Test - Example Questions and Answers

The ISE B1 English exam (that cab drivers in London have to pass to renew their Private Hire Driver's Licence, before 31st March 2017) is a test with Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking questions to test your overall level of English language skills.

There are 2 parts. First is the Reading and writing test - this will take 2 hours.

Next is the Speaking and Listening test. This is much shorter and will only last for 18 minutes.

 

ISE B1 Test: Reading and Writing tasks

In the reading and writing part of the test, there are 4 separate tasks.

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Would have vs would of in English grammar

Would have vs would of in English grammar

Should you write 'would have' or 'would of'?

Is there a difference between the two?

Is would've a word?

The problem with this English grammar issue is that when you SAY 'would have' out loud, it can sound like 'would of'.

It is a mistake that people make a lot, even some native speakers of English make this mistake!

 

WOULD HAVE

Examples:

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