A Complete Guide to the Past Tenses
Sep29

A Complete Guide to the Past Tenses

Introduction In this previous article we briefly looked at what tenses are and then explored the present tenses of the English language. In this chapter we will look into the past tenses. As with the present, there are four aspects to the past tense in English, and each can be divided into positive, negative, and question forms. They look like this: Tense Positive Negative Question Past simple: I walked I didn’t walk. Did I walk? Past...

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Using “used to” and “would” to Talk About the Past
Apr06

Using “used to” and “would” to Talk About the Past

It is so important in the IELTS exam to be able to talk about the past clearly and precisely. Unfortunately, English can be rather difficult to master when it comes to tenses. But don’t worry! Practice makes perfect! We can use the phrases “used to” and “would” to talk about things that we did in the past. Often, they are interchangeable. For example: When I was young, I would walk to school every day....

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Story Structure: IELTS Speaking Part 2
Mar26

Story Structure: IELTS Speaking Part 2

Being able to tell a story is an important IELTS skill. I don’t mean spinning a fictional tale… You don’t have to be the next J.K. Rowling! But you should be able to talk fluently about your own past on the common IELTS topics – jobs, family, sports, friends, etc. When you’ll need to tell stories This is really going to come into play for the IELTS speaking part two. Here, you will be given a cue card with something that you’ll need...

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