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Past Perfect Vs. Past Perfect Progressive

AFTER THEY STUDIED VERB TENSES ALL WEEK, THE STUDENTS HAD HAD ENOUGH GRAMMAR! The past perfect often stumps students since it’s not commonly used. The past perfect progressive, also known as the past perfect continuous, seems even more complicated! But these two verb tenses don’t have to be a mystery to students. With the following helpful diagrams and…

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Present Perfect Vs. Present Perfect Progressive

How long have you been studying English grammar? On our Last post on the blog, we highlighted the two uses of the present perfect tense. This week we’ll continue focusing on this common verb tense by comparing it with the present perfect progressive. It’s important that English language learners realize that there are two distinct uses of the present…

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Present Perfect: Two Uses

Have you ever tried to explain the present perfect tense? The present perfect is a common tense in English, but it is one of the tougher ones to learn. First of all, there are two distinct uses. Second of all, one use is similar to the simple past, and the other is very similar to the…

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Simple Future Vs. Future Progressive

STUDENTS LEARN MORE QUICKLY WHEN THEY CAN VISUALIZE A CONCEPT… The simple future can be tricky for English students to learn because there are so many ways to express the future in English. Unlike the simple past, which has one basic form, the simple future can be expressed by using will + base verb, be going to + base…

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Simple Future: Teaching the Three Forms

HOW WILL YOU TEACH THE FUTURE TENSE TO YOUR STUDENTS? The simple future is a bit more complicated than the other simple tenses in English. We have more than one way of making a future sentence. We can use will + base verb, be going to + base verb, or be + -ing verb (the present progressive form). What’s the difference between these…

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Simple Past Vs. Past Progressive

A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS… Students are introduced to the simple past tense early on in their English learning. It is commonly used and relatively easy to learn (aside from having to memorize irregular verb forms). However, the past progressive (also known as the past continuous) can be confusing since it’s not as…

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Simple Present Vs. Present Progressive

There are two present verb tenses in English: the simple present and the present progressive (also known as the present continuous). Students sometimes have trouble figuring out when to use each tense, but I’ve found that using a chart such as the one below is a great way to clearly explain the differences between the two tenses.   Simple Present Form Base V…

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