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Present Simple

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Past Continuous

Use

We often use the Past Continuous when we refer to an action that was happening in the past when another one interrupted it.

ex: He was listening to music when someone knocked at the door.

Form

Affirmative: He was singing a nice song.

to be (past simple) + verb+ing

Negative: He wasn’t singing a nice song.

to be+not (past simple) + verb+ing

Interrogative: Was he singing a nice song?

to be (past simple) + subject) + verb+ing

See table

Adjective Degrees

Positive Form

Use the positive form of the adjective if the comparison contains one of the following expressions:

asasequality

Example: Jane is as tall as John.

not asas / not soasinferiority

Example: John is not as tall as Arnie.

Comparative Form and Superlative Form (-er/-est)

one-syllable adjectives (clean, new, cheap)

two-syllable adjectives ending in -y or -er (easy, happy, pretty, dirty, clever)

positive form→ comparative form→ superlative form

clean                        cleaner                (the) cleanest

Exceptions in spelling when adding -er / -est

silent ‘e’ is dropped

Example: late-later-latest

final ‘y’ after a consonant becomes i

Example: easy-easier-easiest

final consonant after short, stressed vowel is doubled

Example: hot-hotter-hottest

Comparative Form and Superlative Form (more/most)

positive form→ comparative form→ superlative form

adjectives of three or more syllables (and two-syllable adjectives not ending in -y/-er)

difficult – more difficult –  most difficult

Comparative Form and Superlative Form (irregular comparisons)

positive form→ comparative form→ superlative form

good – better – best

bad – worse – worst

Exercises: one two three four five six seven

There + be

Having trouble with this verb?

Find it all here!

There is a book on the shelf. There isn’t a book on the shelf.

Is there a book on the shelf?

There are some books here. There aren’t any books here.

Are there any books here?

some – affirmative

any – negative / interrogative

Exercises: ONE TWO THREE FOUR

List of irregular verbs – basic forms/meaning

Fact: you should memorize as many as you can!

Hint: they are too many and you can easily use this LIST.

Many thanks to the author of this fabulous site!

Past Simple – regular/irregular verbs

Regular verbs

Affirmative

I, you, he, she, it

…… surfed some waves last evening.

we, you, they

Negative

I, you, he, she, it

…… didn’t surf some waves last evening.

we, you, they

Interrogative

I, you, he, she, it

Did …… surf some waves last evening?

we, you, they

surf

Irregular verbs

Affirmative

I, you, he, she, it

…… went to the cinema last evening.

we, you, they

Negative

I, you, he, she, it

…… didn’t go to the cinema last evening.

we, you, they

Interrogative

I, you, he, she, it

Did …… go to the cinema last evening?

we, you, they

Exercises:

regular verbs irregular verbs 1 irregular verbs 2

negative interrogative wh-questions

Let’s study for the test!

First remember some vocabulary about the HOUSE.

Then study the PLURALS.

Don’t forget the verb TO BE – PAST SIMPLE FORMS

I've got a good mark!

exercises on verb to be : ONE TWO THREE FOUR

Now it’s time to remember the PAST SIMPLE of the REGULAR VERBS

Here we go again: THE ARTICLES

Finally practice your composition: remember the days of the week, the preposition ON that goes with them ( on Monday…) and the past simple of the regular verbs!