Present perfect vs. Past simple – new activities

The present perfect tense is one of the most difficult tenses for my students. Therefore, I have spent a lot of time creating various materials to teach this tense. To save your time, I share the materials here. In this post, you will find a presentation in which I try to explain the difference…

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BEEN or GONE – Grammar Explanation

The difference between the words BEEN and GONE is a nice example of how closely grammar and vocabulary are connected. Usually, when you use a grammar rule wrongly, the meaning does not change. However, in this case, the wrong usage changes the meaning of the sentence completely. ADVERT: [showmyads] To help you explain this…

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Present perfect tense activities

The present perfect tense is one of the most difficult tenses for learners of English. It is not easy to form the tense correctly as you need the verb HAVE or HAS and the past participle. Moreover, the usage is very specific and many students feel that they could do with the past simple…

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Five tenses for learners of English

We usually present just one tense to students. However, ever since I was a student I have always wanted to see a more complex picture and get more tenses at the same time. And as we have just finished the whole textbook with one of my elementary students an opportunity presented itself to sum…

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FOR - we give the length of the time. SINCE - we give the beginning of the time.

For and Since – grammar explanation

For and since are often given as the key words which signal that present perfect tense should be used. It is not 100% true but it makes life easier for elementary and lower intermediate students. However, sometimes it is difficult for learners to know which word they should use. The rule is simple. FOR…

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The simple explanation of present perfect tense

Present perfect tense – grammar explanation

Some time ago I presented here an infographics on present perfect tense. This infographic contains a lot of interesting information but when I tried to teach the present perfect tense using it, I found out that I failed. That is why I have prepared this new one where I try to introduce the form…

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Present perfect _ basics

Many students do not understand the present perfect tense. Here is an infographic which should make the present perfect tense easier for students to understand. Advertisement: [showmyads] Advertisement: [showmyads] And now it is time to practise the present perfect tense: Present perfect simple - penalty game. More games to practise present perfect tense can…

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Present perfect vs Past simple tense

Many students find the difference between present perfect tense and past simple very confusing. To help them I have created the following infographic. Advertisement: [showmyads] Here you can practise the difference between present perfect simple and past simple tenses by playing some games. The first game is called Fling the teacher and you have…

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Irregular verbs mind map

Present perfect tense

To learn this difficult tense you first have to learn the past participles. Regular verbs just add the ending -ed but you have to memorise the irregular ones. Here is a mind map which might help you memorise the irregular verbs first Advertisement [showmyads] Once you think you know the irregular verb time to…

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