• Tenses


- "I usually go to the beach on Sundays". "Women like cooking more than men"

These are two examples of the use of the present simple. The first one is used to speak about daily routine and the second one to make generalizations. Remember, when talking about your routine or when giving a general opinion in a debate you need to use the present simple.

You can read an explanation of the use and study the examples in the following web page:
http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/simplepresent.html

You can read explanations and do more exercises about the present simple and other present tenses with these pages:

http://www.englishclub.com/grammar/verbs.htm
http://www.englisch-hilfen.de/en/grammar_list/zeitformen.htm
http://www.learnenglishfeelgood.com/esl-english-grammar-exercises.html
http://www.oup.com/elt/global/products/englishfile/intermediate/a_grammar/file01/nef_int_grammar01_a01/
http://www.oup.com/elt/global/products/englishfile/intermediate/a_grammar/file01/nef_int_grammar01_a02/

-"It was raining. My mother had left because she had to go shopping. I was listening to the radio when, suddenly, the phone rang. I picked it up and, then, I heard somebody shouting."

This is an example of how to use narrative past tenses. Remenber, when telling a personal experience or story in the past it is better to use a variety of past tenses.

Read more about narrative tenses and do some exercises using the following pages:

http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/think/knowledge-wiki/narrative-tenses
http://www.oup.com/elt/global/products/englishfile/intermediate/a_grammar/file01/nef_int_grammar01_b01/
http://www.oup.com/elt/global/products/englishfile/intermediate/a_grammar/file01/nef_int_grammar01_b02/
http://www.oup.com/elt/global/products/englishfile/intplus/a_grammar/file03/nef_int_grammar_3_01/

http://www.oup.com/elt/global/products/naturalenglish/upp/a_grammar/unit05/neup_grammar05/
http://www.admc.hct.ac.ae/hd1/english/narrate/narrtense.htm
http://www.ice.urv.es/eoiact/level3/narrativetenses1.htm
http://www.eltbase.com/vtr_refs.php?id=201

- "I'll help you to do your homework because I'm not going out".

This is an example of how to use future tenses. You use the future simple for offers and the present continuous to express planned actions.

Read explanations and do some more activities

http://www.englishclub.com/grammar/verbs.htm
http://www.oup.com/elt/global/products/englishfile/intermediate/a_grammar/file01/nef_int_grammar01_c01/
http://www.englisch-hilfen.de/en/grammar_list/zeitformen.htm
http://www.learnenglishfeelgood.com/esl-english-grammar-exercises.html

http://www.oup.com/elt/global/products/englishfile/intermediate/a_grammar/file01/nef_int_grammar01_c02/
http://www.oup.com/elt/global/products/englishfile/intplus/a_grammar/file02/nef_int_grammar_2_03/

- "How long have you known him? ""I've known him for a long time"." I met him two years ago".

This is an example to compare the use of the present perfect and the past simple.You can do exercises to compare the use of different tenses.

http://www.oup.com/elt/global/products/englishfile/intermediate/a_grammar/file02/nef_int_grammar02_a01/
http://www.oup.com/elt/global/products/englishfile/intermediate/a_grammar/file02/nef_int_grammar02_a02/
http://www.learnenglishfeelgood.com/lefg1_mixedverbs1.html
http://www.learnenglishfeelgood.com/lefg1_mixedverbs2.html
http://www.learnenglishfeelgood.com/lefg1_mixedverbs5.html

- "I used to go to the mountains when I was a child. Nowadays, I usually go to the beach so I am used to sunbathing".


The first example is used to express habit in the past. This form can't be used in the present tense. To express habit in the present, you have to use the present simple and the adverb "usually". The verb "used" can be followed by to+ing, but then, the meaning is "to be accustomed to doing something".

http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/usedto.html
http://www.englishgrammarsecrets.com/usedto/menu.php
http://www.englishclub.com/grammar/verbs-m_used-to-do.htm
http://www.oup.com/elt/global/products/englishfile/intermediate/a_grammar/file02/nef_int_grammar02_a02/
http://www.oup.com/elt/global/products/englishfile/intermediate/a_grammar/file02/nef_int_grammar02_a02/
http://www.oup.com/elt/global/products/englishfile/intplus/a_grammar/file02/nef_int_grammar_2_04/

- You can learn more specific words to understand grammar with the following pages:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ek7V59tpLI
http://www.learnenglish.de/grammar/sentencetext.htm

- Tense revision with letters (new)

  • Prepositions

- Time: in the morning, at night, at the moment, at weekends, during my holiday, for 3 days, since 1999 etc.

http://www.englisch-hilfen.de/en/grammar/preposition_time.htm
http://www.englishclub.com/grammar/prepositions-at-in-on-time.htm
http://www.better-english.com/grammar/timepreps.htm
http://esl.about.com/library/quiz/blgrquiz_prep3.htm
http://www.learnenglishfeelgood.com/lefg1_prepositions_cl3.html
http://www.learnenglishfeelgood.com/prepositions-of-time2.html

- Place and direction: in bed, on the second floor, at school, in hospital, on the way, on the beach, near the supermarket, next to my house, close to the garden, etc.


http://www.englisch-hilfen.de/en/grammar/preposition_in_at_on.htm
http://www.englisch-hilfen.de/en/grammar/prepositions_place.htm

Exercises with mixed prepositions
http://www.learnenglishfeelgood.com/esl-english-grammar-exercises.html
http://www.learnenglishfeelgood.com/esl-english-grammar-exercises.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EaXTyFtQx9o&feature=related