Category Grammar

Know your tenses! – Changes in a Sicilian village

Put the verbs in brackets into the correct tense: At the same time every afternoon, while seated on the same bench, my father-in-law, Rosario Buttaci, silently <1>__________ (watch) John Babalola Wale and his family <2>__________ (climb) the steep walkway in the village of Sutera that <3>__________ (lead) from Piazza Europa to the old Arab quarter […]

Quiz card #001

Correct the sentence …

I ALWAYS DO / I’M ALWAYS DOING

Once again, my students had a writing task to do for homework. The idea was for them to practise relative clauses by describing their favourite number, photo, person, shop or object and saying why. I’m happy to report that the aim was achieved, with the whole class showing that they could create grammatically correct sentences. […]

Know your tenses – Brandon Truaxe (part 2)

Put the verbs in brackets into the correct tense Deciem’s sales 9__________ (hit) $300 million, which 10__________ (be) significant for a company best known for its inexpensive products, specifically from its marquee brand, The Ordinary. Kim Kardashian publicly 11__________ (claim) her love of one of the serums, which 12__________ (cost) less than $10. Deciem 13__________ […]

Know your tenses – Brandon Truaxe (part 1)

Put the verbs in brackets into the correct tense. Brandon Truaxe is the founder and CEO — though he 1__________ (like) to say his official title 2__________ (be) “worker” — of Deciem, one of the buzziest skin care companies on the planet right now. When he 3__________ (launch) the company, five years ago, it 4__________ (be) […]

Word Order #001

Here are some of the things I heard in class today. They all have one problem in common – the word order is not correct. So what is the correct structure? It depends where are you staying I’d like to know which are the best activities Could you tell me where can I find a […]

DON’T NOBODY NEVER

“Why don’t nobody never loosen up and let themselves go?” That’s a genuine quote, not a sentence I’ve made up. If you’re not happy with it, tell me why and correct it.