The difference between “for” and “since” is not easily understood by Spanish-speaking students of English. Here are the main differences: FOR I’ve been waiting here for three hours. He lived in Denmark for five years. “For” says how long something lasts. It describes the duration […]
Lexical discourse cues Lexical discourse cues are essential elements of the language which connect different parts of the discourse. Producing complex and coherent structures indicates proficiency and fluency in the language, this is why lexical discourse cues are so necessary. a) Lexical discourse cues are […]
I usually stress the importance of verb patterns to my students because I consider it to be one of the weakest spots for Spanish-speaking learners. The verb “to suggest” illustrates my point. How should we use it? 1) SUGGEST + THAT SOMEONE + DO SOMETHING (subjunctive) I suggest […]
The difference between the Present Perfect Simple and the Simple Past is one of the most difficult grammatical points for Spanish-speaking students of English. When do we use each and what are their differences? PRESENT PERFECT SIMPLE Meaning We focus on the present consequence or […]
English grammar: adjectives + prepositions Adjectives are absolutely necessary to make our descriptions as rich and precise as possible. As most students know, they are often followed by prepositions. Here´s a list with some of them: AT amazed surprised shocked astonished good/bad IN interested successful […]
A- Complete the following sentences using these adjectives: tiny – dirty – small – filthy – terrified – scared (see key at the bottom) 1) Don’t touch me! Your hands are absolutely ………………2) She couldn’t talk while she was watching the horror film. She […]
Let’s review the past narrative tenses. Here are some exercises to practise: exercise 1, exercise 2, exercise 3.
1) Who is the autor writing this poem to? Why? 2) What is the poem about? What´s the gist (central idea)? 3) All of the verses in the poem start with “If”. What is the name of this grammatical structure that is repeated throughout the […]