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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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