Practise your tenses with Covid-19

This gap-fill exercise has Covid-19 as the main theme. The target level is very good intermediate and above. Complete the sentences using the correct tense. Think carefully whether you need the active or passive form. When __________ the first case of Covid-19 __________ ? to record Where __________ it __________ from? to originate Covid-19 __________Continue reading “Practise your tenses with Covid-19”

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 quarterContinue reading “Know your tenses! – Changes in a Sicilian village”

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__________Continue reading “Know your tenses – Brandon Truaxe (part 2)”

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)Continue reading “Know your tenses – Brandon Truaxe (part 1)”

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 youContinue reading “HAVE sentences – right or wrong?”

3 questions about time periods

You start chatting to a student who you haven’t met before; it’s the 14 February. She/he arrived in Malta on 07 February; she/he returns home on the 28 February. You don’t have this information so at some point you will probably need to use one of these questions: How long have you been staying here for? – ThisContinue reading “3 questions about time periods”

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 andContinue reading “Pokémon Go and a grammar problem”