Category Tenses

HAVE sentences – right or wrong?

Check out the following HAVE sentences. Some are right, some not. Can you correct the wrong ones? I can see that my students HAVE a splendid time here in Malta. Maria HAD BEEN HAVING her apartment for 10 years. They‘RE HAVING serious problems with their accommodation. We’VE BEEN HAVING too many late nights. ARE you […]

Present Simple or Present Continuous?

Read the two sentences below: Michela always arrives late for the lesson Michela is always arriving late for the lesson Are they both correct? If yes, is there a difference in meaning? Or is one of them wrong? If yes, which one and why? Answers in the comments box below.

Present perfect & past simple; for & since

  I’ve started working for the company in 1984. The sentence above is wrong. Now take a look at the ones below. Which sentences are correct? I started working for the company since 1984 I started working for the company in 1984 I have worked for the company since 33 years I have been working for the […]

Past Simple / Present Perfect – The sushi restaurant example

A: There’s a sushi restaurant not far from here. Do you know it? => B1: Yes, but I didn’t try it. => B2: Yes, but I haven’t tried it. I hear so many conversations on similar lines in the classroom and sometimes a discussion arises over which of the two answers – B1 or B2 […]

Pokémon Go and a grammar problem

“I probably would have never went down there if it weren’t for this game,” Wiggins told CNN. My question for you is not about Pokémon Go but rather about a comment made to the news agency CNN by a game player (see above). There’s a major grammar mistake. What is it? After you’ve sent in your answer, read and […]