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B1 - Index

  1. Introductions

  2. Grammar

    1. Present Simple.

    2. Future

    3. Will

    4. Going

    5. Shall

    6. Present Continuous

    7. Present Simple Future

    8. Past Simple 

    9. Past Continuous

    10. Like + verb+ing

    11. Imperatives

    12. So/such...that

    13. Too/(not)enough

    14. Used to and Would

    15. Present Perfect

    16. Verbs + Prepositions

    17. Verbs + infinitive

    18. Comparatives 

    19. Superlatives

    20. Relative Clauses

    21. Connectors

    22. Modals of speculation: must, may, might, could, can't

    23. Have to v's Must

    24. 0 and First Conditional

    25. Quantifiers

    26. The second conditional

    27. Past perfect

    28. Question Tags

    29. Passive Voice

    30. Modals for obligation, lack of obligation, prohibition

    31. Have to, don't have to, must, mustn't

    32. Have to vs. Must

    33. Expressing ability   

  3. Vocabulary

    1. Collocations

    2. Feelings

    3. Describing a Person

    4. Personality Adjectives

    5. Human Senses

    6. Experience verb collocations

    7. Parts of a city

    8. Clothes

    9. Fashion

    10. Phrasal verbs

    11. Places in a city

    12. Food

    13. Cooking verb and expressions

    14. Electrical appliances

    15. Technological gadgets

  4. Expressions 

    1. Giving Advice

    2. Giving Advice with Friends

  5. Writing

    1. An informal letter

    2. A note

    3. A short email

    4. A story

  6. Reading

  7. Listening

  8. Videos

    1. Qué será, será

    2. Friend's Plan

  9. Pronunciation



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Present simple 1
Frequency Adverbs
Past Simple
Past Continuous
Like +ing
So/Such . . . that
Too/ Enough
Used to and Would
Present Perfect
Verbs + prepositions

1. Simple Present Forms

The simple present is just the base form of the verb.

  • Statement: You speak English. 

  • Question: Do you speak English? 

  • Negative: You do not speak English.


In the third person singular, -s or -es is added.


Questions are made with does and negative forms are made with does not.

  • Statement: He speaks English.

  • Question: Does he speak English?

  • Negative: He does not speak English.

Simple Present Uses

We use present simple for 3 three reasons.


1.1 Repeated Actions


We use the simple present to express the idea that an action is repeated or usual. The action can be a habit, a hobby, a daily event, a scheduled event or something that often happens. It can also be something a person often forgets or usually does not do.


  • I play football.

  • She does not play tennis.

  • Does he play rugby?

  • The train leaves every morning at 9 AM.

  • The train does not leave at 8 AM.

  • When does the train usually leave?

  • She always forgets her keys.

  • He never forgets his hat.

  • Every year, we celebrate Christmas.

  • Does the Sun circle the Moon? 



1.2 Facts or Generalisations


The simple present can also indicate the speaker believes that a fact was true before, is true now, and will be true in the future. It is not important if the speaker is correct about the fact. It is also used to make generalisations about people or things.


  • Cats don't like potatoes.

  • Birds do like seeds.

  • Do cows like milk?

  • New York is in America.

  • Paris is not in the United Kingdom.

  • Glasses are made of glass and plastic.

  • Carrots are not made of wood.



1.3 Scheduled Events in the Near Future


Speakers occasionally use simple present to talk about scheduled events in the near future. This is most commonly done when talking about public transportation, but it can be used with other scheduled events as well.


  • The train leaves tonight at 6 PM.

  • The bus does not arrive at 11 AM, it arrives at 11 PM.

  • When do we board the plane?

  • The party starts at 8 o'clock.

  • When does class begin tomorrow?


1.4 Now (Non-Continuous Verbs)


Speakers sometimes use the simple present to express the idea that an action is happening or is not happening now. This can only be done with non-continuous verbs and certain mixed verbs.


  • I am here now.

  • She is not here now.

  • He needs help right now.

  • He does not need help now.

  • He has his passport in his hand.

  • Do you have your passport with you?

1.5 Present Simple: Be



I am (I’m) from England.

You / We / They are You’re / We’re / They’re  from France.

He / She / It is / He’s / She’s / It’s from Spain.



I am not (I’m not) married. 

you / we / they are not

he / she / it  is not

You’re not / You aren’t

We’re not / We aren’t

They’re not / They aren’t

He isn’t / He’s not

She isn’t / She’s not

It isn’t / It’s not



Am I beautiful?

Are you / we / they a teacher?

Is he / she / it tall?

1.6 Present Simple: Positive

Use the present simple for things that happen regularly or things that are generally true.


I / you / we / they work

he / she / it works



I work in a bank.

He works at the university.

We work every day.

My sister works at the hospital.

1.6.1 For verbs that end in consonant + –y, we remove the –y and add –ies:


I study English at school.

Dana studies English at school.

Bill studies English at school


Other verbs like this include: cry, try, fly, carry


1.6.2 For verbs that end in -o, -sh, -s, -ss, -ch, -x, we add -es.


They go to English class on Wednesday.

She goes to cooking class on Saturday.


Other verbs like this include: watch, kiss, teach, fix


1.7 Present Simple: Negative

Use the present simple negative for things that are not generally true.


I / you / we / they  don’t like

he / she / it doesn't like



I don't like coffee.

John doesn't like pizza.

John and David don't like milk.

My mother doesn't like to travel.


Common Errors

1.7.1 In the present simple negative, do not add -s:


George doesn't likes to dance.

Marta doesn't like to dance.


1.7.2 Other common errors:


Peter no like bananas.

Peter not like bananas.

Peter doesn’t like bananas.

1.8 Present Simple: Questions 

Use present simple questions to ask about things that happen regularly or things that are generally true.


Do I / you / we / they live in a city?

Does he / she / it live in a city?



Do you live in Brazil?

Does Adam live in England?

Do they live in a big house?

Does she live near the beach?

Common Errors


1.8.1 In questions, don't use -s:


Does she lives close to the beach?

Does she live close to the beach?


1.8.2 Don’t forget DO or DOES:


Clara live in a big city?

Does Clara live in a big city?


1.9 Present Simple: Answering Yes/No Questions

Do you have a dog? Yes, I do. / No, I don't

Do I look fat in these jeans? Yes you do. / No, you don’t!

Does John speak Italian? Yes, he does. / No, he doesn't.

Does she like rock music? Yes, she does. / No, she doesn’t.

Do we watch too much TV? Yes, we do. / No, we don’t.

Do they understand English? Yes, they do. / No, they don't.

1.10 Frequency adverbs

100%                                                                                                                                                      0%

            Always / Usually / Normally / Often / Sometimes / Occasionally / Hardly ever /  Never

2. Future

2.1 Will

This is used to talk about predictions in general. The structure we use is: subject + will + verb + complements. Example: In the future, all cars will use electricity.

2.1.1Predictions & Forecasts


I think she will win Wimbledon

The weather will be perfect all week.


2.1.2 Spontaneous Decisions


Yes. I'll marry you!


2.1.3 Offers / Promises


I’ll help you plan the party.

I’ll see you tomorrow.


Shall is not used very much nowadays and mostly in formal speech and some legal documents.


Nowadays, the most common use of shall in everyday English is in questions that serve as offers or suggestions:


"Shall I ...?" or "Shall we ...?"


Situations where Shall is still occasionally used:

2.2.1. Suggestion

Notice how each of these can easily be replaced by should.


  • Shall I get a pizza for dinner tonight?

  • Shall we take a taxi home?

  • It's cold. Shall I close the window?

  • Shall we go now?

2.2.2. Offers / Volunteering to do something


  • That bag looks heavy. Shall I carry it for you?

  • Shall I wait for you?

  • I shall make the arrangements for you.

2.2.3. Instructions (asking for or giving)


  • What shall I do with your mail when it arrives?

  • I shall meet you there at 7.

  • You shall not pass! (said Gandalf to the Balrog in Lord of the Rings)

2.2.4. Promises


  • You shall be the first person to know. (= I promise that you will be the first person)

  • I shall get you a new bike for your birthday.

2.2.5. Confirmation (Statement of Fact)

Notice how each of these can easily be replaced by will.


  • I shall turn 30 next week.

  • We shall know the results of the exam next week.

  • I shall meet you there at 7.


2.3 Going to 

This is used to talk about future actions where something is already planned or decided. The structure we use is: subject + to be + going to+ verb + complements.



I am going to bring some food.

2.3.1 Intentions


  • I’m going to read war and peace this weekend


2.3.2 Previously Made Decisions


  • We’re going to get married but we don’t know when.


2.3.3 Something that is likely to happen


  • Look at those clouds - It's going to rain.

  • Watch what you’re doing - you’re going to fall over.


2.4 Present Continuous

We use the Present Continuous:

2.4.1 Actions happening at the moment of speaking.


  • She's watching TV at the moment.

  • Are you listening?

2.4.2 Future arrangements.

  • I'm going to the zoo tomorrow.

  • I'm not going to the party on Saturday.


2.4.1 Arrangements & Plans


  • We’re getting married in Spain on July 24th.

  • I’m having coffee with my boss tomorrow.

  • I’m meeting my accountant tomorrow at 10 am

  • They’re flying to Australia tomorrow.

Present Continuous: Negative


I am not working.                                 (I’m not)

You / We / They are not working.       (aren’t)

He / She / It is not working                 (isn’t)


I am not working at the moment.

She is not wearing a hat today.

You are not listening to the teacher.

Pete and Jan are not watching TV.

There are two ways to use contractions:

She’s not wearing a hat today.

She isn’t wearing a hat today.

You’re not listening to the teacher.

You aren’t listening to the teacher.


Both forms are OK!

Present Continuous: Questions


Am I working?

Are you / we / they working?

Is he / she / it working?



 Are you writing a letter?

 Is Pedro sleeping right now?

 Are the children playing a game or reading a book?

 Is the computer working?


You can put a question word at the beginning:


What are you doing?

I’m writing an email.

Where is Sarah going?

She’s going to the store.

Who are they talking to?

They’re talking to the teacher.

Why is he running?

Because he’s late for work.


Present Simple or Present Continuous


Present simple for things that happen in general or regularly.  


Present continuous for things happening now, at the moment, or

current/temporary projects.


I work from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM every day.

Mark studies English every Tuesday night.

We usually go to Europe in the summer.

They always talk to their boss in the morning.

I’m currently working on a new project.

Mark is studying the present continuous this week.

Right now, we’re going to the supermarket.

It’s 9:00 AM. They’re talking to him now.


Does it usually rain in the winter?  No, but it’s raining at the moment. Take an umbrella.


Words that are often used with the present simple or continuous:


With present simple: always, usually, often, sometimes, never, every (day /night /Monday /summer /year)

With present continuous: now, right now, at the moment, currently, this week/month/year, today


2.5 Present Simple

Generally, we use the Present Simple to talk about routines or habits, facts or things that always happen.


  • Does water boil at 100 ºC?

  • I always have orange juice for breakfast.

2.5.1 Timetables

We use it for Bus timetables, Train timetables, Movie timetables and Flight timetables


  • The train leaves at 10:00

  • The movie starts at 10:15


2.5.2 Scheduled / Repeated Events


  • It’s my birthday tomorrow.

  • It is Christmas next week!

  • I have a German class next week.

  • He has a job interview in a fortnight.

2.6 Gerund


Gerunds after verbs

Some verbs used to talk about likes and dislikes are followed by a gerund.

Example: We love dancing.

Use of the gerund


The gerund is used to create a noun from a verb.

Example: Learning English is fun.


3. Past Simple

We use the Past Simple for actions which happened and finished in the past.


We played football yesterday.

Did you win?

The regular Past Simple

To form the Past Simple of regular verbs, we add -ed to the infinitive.


play - played

paint - painted

If the verb already ends in -e, we just add -d.


arrive - arrived

describe - described

But for negative sentences we use the infinitive.


He played tennis, but he didn't play well.

Past Simple

With most verbs the past tense is formed by adding -ed:

call >> called;      like >> liked;      want >> wanted;      work >> worked 

We use the past tense to talk about:

Something that happened once in the past:


I met my wife in 1983.

We went to Spain for our holidays.

They got home very late last night.


Something that happened again and again in the past:


When I was a boy I walked a mile to school every day.

We swam a lot while we were on holiday.

They always enjoyed visiting their friends.

Something that was true for some time in the past:


I lived abroad for ten years.

He enjoyed being a student.

She played a lot of tennis when she was younger.


We often use phrases with ago with the past tense:

I met my wife a long time ago.

Questions and negatives

We use did to make questions with the past tense:


When did you meet your wife?

Where did you go for your holidays?

Did she play tennis when she was younger?

Did you live abroad?

But look at these questions:

Who discovered penicillin?

Who wrote Don Quixote?


We use didn’t (did not) to make negatives with the past tense:


They didn’t go to Spain this year.

We didn’t get home until very late last night.

I didn’t see you yesterday. 

Past Simple Expressions


four years ago:        hace cuatro años

in 1995:                    en 1995

in summer:        .     en verano

last night:                anoche

last week:                la semana pasada

the day before yesterday:               antes de ayer

three months ago:                           hace tres meses

when I was born:                              cuando yo nací

when they left school:                     cuando salieron de la escuela

yesterday:                                         ayer


4. Past Continuous

The past progressive puts emphasis on the course of an action in the past.

                                              Positive                              Negative                               Question

I / He / She / It                     I was speaking.                 I was not speaking.              Was I speaking?

You / We / They                   You were speaking.          You were not speaking.        Were you speaking?


Exceptions in Spelling

Exceptions in spelling when adding ing


Final e is dropped (but: ee is not changed).   come – coming.  (but: agree – agreeing)

After a short, stressed vowel, the final consonant is doubled sit – sitting

l as final consonant after a vowel is doubled (in British English)


travel – travelling

final ie becomes y

lie – lying

5. Like + ing


To talk about things we like, we can use verbs such as like, enjoy, love or adore.


I love the sun.

She likes the snow.


To talk about activities we like, we can use the same verbs followed by a gerund (verb + -ing).


I enjoy playing tennis.

He loves swimming in the sea.



To talk about things we do not like, we can use verbs such as dislike or hate.


She dislikes the snow.

I hate rainy days.


To talk about activities we do not like, we can use the same verbs followed by a gerund (verb + -ing).


I dislike playing rugby.

He hates doing homework.

6. Imperatives

The imperative

Use of the imperative

The imperative is used to give commands and orders.


Close your books!

Be quiet!

Don't run in the corridor!

The structure of the imperative


The imperative has the same form as the infinitive without to.

Example: Turn right at the traffic lights.

To make a negative imperative, we place do not (or don't) before the infinitive.


Don't talk in class!

Do not talk in class!

7. So/such...that

We use "so" (so, so, then) and "such" (like, such, so, so, so much) to add emphasis, to show extreme feelings or to give an opinion about something. 

The difference between the two is in how we use them in sentence structure.



so + adjective/adverb (tan + adjetivo/adverbio)

We use "so" with adjectives or adverbs to show extreme feelings or effects. In these cases, the adjective or adverb goes directly after "so" in the sentence.



I have been working since 7 this morning. I’m so tired!

Why are you driving so fast?

Kate is so beautiful. I can’t believe she’s single!

My daughter studied so hard for her exam.

so + quantifier + noun 

We can use the quantifiers ("many", "much", "little", etc.) with "so" to indicate extremes in quantity, but it is necessary to remember the rules for the uses of quantifiers and countable and uncountable, singular and plural (for more information, see the lesson on quantifiers.) These are the only cases in which "so" is used with a noun. "So much" or "so many" can also be translated as "tanto" or "tantos" in Spanish.



Teresa has so many talents!

With three kids and a full-time job, my sister has so little free time.

I have so few memories of my childhood.

The children watch so much television.

so + that (tan + que)

We can use "so" with "that" to show results or consequences. In general, the use of "that" is optional.



The music was so loud that I couldn’t hear my own voice.

He was driving so fast that he had an accident.

My son studied so hard that he received the best grade in the class.


such + adjective + noun 

As with "so", we use "such" with adjectives to show extremes. Unlike "so", "such" is followed by an adjective plus a noun. Sentences that use "such" for emphasis can be translated as "¡Que!" in Spanish (see the third example).



I am so lucky. I have such wonderful friends!

That is such a pretty dress! You should wear it more often.

It is such a beautiful day.

such + that 

As with "so", we can use "such" with "that" to show extremes that end in a result. In general, the use of "that" is optional.



It was such a beautiful day that we decided to go to the beach.

Dave has such a small car that he doesn’t have to spend much money on gas.

It was such a good meal that we made it again the next night.

such + judgmental noun 

With critical nouns, the use of "such" gives emphasis.



I have never liked Andy. He is such a jerk!

You are such a clown! Are you ever serious?

such + noun (such + noun)

When "such" is followed directly by a noun, "such" means "such" or "a type of".



I have never seen such architecture before.

We very rarely listen to such music.

8. Too/(not)enough

"Enough" and "too" are used as qualifiers with adjectives, adverbs and nouns to indicate a degree of quantity.
Enough "Enough" is an adjective used to indicate sufficient or equal to what is necessary. It can be used with other adjectives, adverbs or nouns.

1. With adjectives and adverbs:

adjective/adverb + "enough."

Heather is old enough now to make her own decisions.
Victor doesn't speak English well enough for the job.
The apartment is big enough for three people.
Ben runs fast enough to win the race.
We aren't working hard enough! We are never going to finish this project.

2. With nouns:

"enough" + noun.

I don't have enough time to finish all this work!
Is there enough wine for everyone to try?
Don't worry, they have enough space in the car for all of us.

Note: We can replace "enough" with "the" to indicate the same thing.

Compare the examples above and below.

I don't have the time to finish all this work!
Don't worry, they have the space for all of us.

Note: We can also use "enough" without a noun when it is clear what we are referring to.

Would you like some more coffee? No, I've had enough, thank you.
Do you have enough to pay for this?

3. We can use "enough" with an adjective and a noun,

but the sense of the sentence changes with the position of "enough".

Is there enough hot water}?
Is there hot enough water?

4. "Enough of"
"enough of" + determiner [article or pronoun].

I've been in enough of these situations to know better!
We've had enough of your complaints. Don't you have anything positive to say?
Michael has studied enough of the possibilities to make a good decision.

Too (Too much)

"Too" is an adverb indicating that there is more than enough.


With an adjective or an adverb:

"too" + adjective/ adverb.

You are too young to understand.
Claire is too irresponsible to have a dog.
It's too early to go to bed.

Note: We can use "enough" in a negative sentence to indicate that something is not enough. Compare the examples above with the examples below.

You are not old enough to understand.
Claire is not responsible enough to have a dog.

2. When we use "too" with nouns, we use the expressions "too many" or "too much".

"too many" + countable noun
"too much" + uncountable noun.

There are too many students in the classroom.(There are too many students for this class.).
Is there too much sugar in your coffee?

My daughter has too many shoes, she doesn't need any more!

There is too much work for just one person!


3. "Too much of" or "Too many of".

"too many of" + determiner + countable noun
"too much of" + determiner + uncountable noun.

His problem is that he spends too much of his time playing video games!
That's enough. You have already eaten too many of the chocolates!

9. Used to and Would

The verb "use" means "to use" or "to utilize". However, when we use this verb in the simple past, plus the preposition "to", as a modal verb, the meaning changes. In addition, "used to" can be used as an adjective. Below is an explanation of the different uses.

We use the modal verb "used to" to indicate something that happened or happened in the past in a habitual way. Also, it is used for something that used to be true but is no longer true. As with the other modal verbs, "used to" is followed by the base form of the verb (the infinitive without "to").

1. Affirmative Sentences
Subject + "used to" + verb....

We used to go to the beach every summer when I was young

(When I was young we used to go to the beach every summer).

He used to smoke a pack of cigarettes a day, but he quit last year.

I used to like mushrooms, but not anymore.

There used to be a great restaurant here, but it closed a few years ago.

2. Negative Sentences (Negative sentences)
Subject + "didn't" + "use to" + verb...

I didn't use to like mushrooms, but now I do.
Food didn't use to be so expensive.
We didn't use to go away on holiday very often when I was young.

3. Interrogative Sentences (Interrogative sentences)
Did + subject + "use to" + verb...?

Didn't he use to smoke a lot?
Did you use to live here before?
Did they used to go to the beach in the summers?

Note: We do not use "used to" for habitual actions in the present. Instead of this modal verb, we use an adverb like "usually" or "normally" for example.

We usually go to the beach every summer.
He normally smokes a pack of cigarettes every day.
They usually play football on the weekends.

Note: You can also use the modal verb "would" for repeated events or actions in the past. But note that you can only use it with actions, not with states or habits.


You also cannot use "would" in the negative. For information on the other uses of "would" see the lessons on conditional sentences and modal verbs.

When I was young, we would go to the beach every summer.
At the university, they would play football every weekend.

He would smoke a lot.
When I was young we wouldn't go to the beach every summer.
To be used to (To be used to)

When "used to" is used as an adjective it means "to be used to". It is used for things that are familiar, normal or common and can be used in any verb tense. When "to be used to" is followed by a verb, the verb has to be in the gerund ("-ing").

She's used to living alone.
We weren't used to traveling a lot.
I'm not used to this cold weather.

Note: When we use the verb "get" instead of "be" it indicates the process of becoming familiar with something. See the lesson on the verb to get for more information on this verb.

They divorced over 2 years ago. She has gotten used to living alone.
With this new job I am getting used to traveling a lot.
You need to get used to this cold weather if you are going to live here.

10. Present Perfect


How To Form The Present Perfect




SUBJECT                        +     HAVE / HAS      +                     PAST PARTICIPLE

I / You / We / they       +    have                 +                  written
He / She / It                 +    has                    +                  written


Note: In spoken English, it’s common to use the contraction:

I’ve written three books.

We’ve already seen that movie

Barbara’s forgotten her cell phone.

He’s just woken up.

In this case, he’s, she’s, Barbara’s, etc. mean he has, she has, and Barbara has,  not he is, she is, or Barbara is.



SUBJECT                         HAVEN'T / HASN'T                 PAST PARTICIPLE

I / You / We / they           haven't                                      written
He / She / It                     hasn't                                         written



I haven’t seen John this week.

Mary hasn’t come to class for the past two days.



HAVE / HAS                  SUBJECT                                         PAST PARTICIPLE

Have                            I / You / We / they                    finished.    ?

Has                              He / She / It                               finished.   ?


Have you finished the project yet?

Has George ever been to New York?

How to answer present perfect questions:

Have you been to London?

Yes, I have. / No, I haven’t.

Has Alex met Miriam yet?

Yes, he has. / No, he hasn’t.

Have the results of the election been announced?

Yes, they have. / No, they haven’t.

What Is The Past Participle?

The past participle form of the verb describes a completed action or state.

For regular verbs, the past participle is the same as the simple past:

I worked (simple past) all day yesterday.

I’ve worked (past participle) here since August.

This is also the case for many irregular verbs:

He sold (simple past) his car last week.

He’s sold (past participle) 200 books so far.

However, some irregular verbs’ past participles are different from their simple past form:

We wrote (simple past) an article for the newspaper.

We’ve written (past participle) for many famous publications.

Many of these irregular past participles end in –n:


Infinitive        Simple Past            Past Participle

be                    was / were                been

break               broke                        broken

choose            chose                        chosen

do                    did                            done

drive                drove                        driven

eat                   ate                             eaten

fall                    fell         .                   fallen

fly                     flew                           flown

forget               forgot                       forgotten

give                  gave                         given

go                     went                         gone

know                 knew                        known

see                    saw                           seen

show                 showed                    shown

speak                spoke                       spoken

steal                  stole             .           stolen

take                   took                         taken

wear                  wore                        worn

write                  wrote                       written


Other irregular past participles have a change in the vowel:

Infinitive        Simple Past            Past Participle

become.          became.                   become

begin.              began.                      begun

come.              came.                        come

drink.               drank.                        drunk

ring.                 rang.                          rung

run .                 ran.                             run

sing.                 sang.                          sung

swim.                swam.                        swum

11. Verbs + Prepositions

Verb and preposition collocations are groups of words made up of a verb followed by a preposition: Subject + verb + preposition + … They are used to convey a specific meaning, but there are not fix rules about their formation, so we have to learn them by heart.

Verbs with Prepositions: TO

Learn useful verb collocations with the preposition TO in English.

  • Adapt to

  • Add to

  • Agree to

  • Apologize to

  • Belong to

  • Consent to

  • Devote to

  • Happen to

  • Lead to

  • Listen to

  • Object to

  • React to

  • Refer to

  • Reply to

  • Speak to

  • Talk to

  • Turn to

Verbs + Prepositions: FOR

List of common verbs followed by the preposition FOR.

  • Admire for

  • Apologize for

  • Apply for

  • Ask for

  • Blame for

  • Care for

  • Excuse for

  • Head for

  • Long for

  • Pay for

  • Pray for

  • Prepare for

  • Scold for

  • Search for

  • Vote for

  • Wait for

  • Wish for

  • Work for

Verbs + Prepositions: FROM

List of useful verb preposition collocations in English – the preposition FROM.

  • Abstain from

  • Borrow from

  • Escape from

  • Graduate from

  • Hide from

  • Infer from

  • Prevent from

  • Prohibit from

  • Protect from

  • Recover from

  • Rescue from

  • Resign from

  • Retire from

  • Save from

  • Separate from

  • Stem from

  • Suffer from

Verbs with Prepositions: ON

Learn common verb preposition combinations with the preposition ON in English.

  • Agree on

  • Base on

  • Be on

  • Blame on

  • Comment on

  • Concentrate on

  • Congratulate on

  • Count on

  • Depend on

  • Elaborate on

  • Impose on

  • Insist on

  • Play on

  • Pride on

  • Rely on

  • Work on

Verb Preposition Collocations: AT

  • Aim at

  • Arrive at

  • Glance at

  • Guess at

  • Hint at

  • Laugh at

  • Look at

  • Marvel at

  • Peer at

  • Point at

  • Smile at

  • Stare at

  • Wink at

Verb + Preposition: ABOUT

Learn common verb collocations with the preposition ABOUT.

  • Argue about

  • Ask about

  • Be about

  • Boast about

  • Care about

  • Concern about

  • Decide about

  • Dream about

  • Forget about

  • Know about

  • Laugh about

  • Protest about

  • Think about

  • Worry about

Verbs + Prepositions: WITH

Learn frequently used prepositions after verbs – the preposition WITH.

  • Acquaint with

  • Agree with

  • Associate with

  • Charge with

  • Clutter with

  • Coincide with

  • Collide with

  • Compare with

  • Comply with

  • Confront with

  • Confuse with

  • Cover with

  • Cram with

  • Deal with

  • Discuss with

  • Help with

  • Tamper with

  • Trust with

Verbs with Prepositions: IN

Learn useful preposition collocations with verbs – IN in English.

  • Absorb in

  • Arrive in

  • Be engrossed in

  • Believe in

  • Confide in

  • Implicate in

  • Involve in

  • Participate in

  • Result in

  • Specialise in

  • Succeed in

  • Trust in

12. Countable and Uncountable

Countable nouns are things we can count – for example, cats:


My brother has a cat.

My sister has two cats.

My friend has three cats.


Other examples of countable nouns:


Things - book, table, computer, banana, shirt, television, house.

People - man, woman, child, friend, sister, uncle, teacher, boss.



Uncountable nouns are words that we can’t count, or can’t divide into separate parts:


 Liquids and some foods - water, butter, rice, flour, milk

 Ideas and concepts - love, fun, work, money, peace, safety

 Information - advice, information, news, knowledge

 Categories - music, furniture, equipment, jewelry, meat


Don’t add -s to make uncountable nouns plural:


I need some informations about the course.

I need some information about the course.


You can use other words to help quantify uncountable nouns:


She bought three bottles of wine and five boxes of rice.

He gave me two pieces of advice: eat less and exercise more.

13.Verb + ing / Infinitive

1 – Use The -ING Form Of Verbs In Continuous Tenses

Continuous tenses are when an action is in progress.


Present Continuous:

  • I’m studying English.

  • She’s watching TV.

  • We’re having lunch at the moment.

Present Perfect Continuous:

  • I’ve been thinking a lot about this decision.

  • He’s been working here since 1995.

  • They’ve been waiting for you for an hour.

Past Continuous:

  • When I came home last night, you were already sleeping.

  • I found $10 on the street while I was jogging in the park.


2 – Use The -ING Form When The Verb Is The Subject Of The Sentence

  • Skiing is my favorite winter sport.

  • Eating vegetables is good for your health.

  • Living in an English-speaking country helps you improve your English fast.

3 – Use The -ING Form After Prepositions

  • I improved my English by practicing every day.

  • We left the party after saying goodbye to everyone.

  • I can’t believe he passed the test without studying at all!

  • They’ve made a lot of money since launching their new product.

  • I want to talk to you about investing in the stock market.

Exception: Never use the -ING form after “to”:

  • I need to practice my English more.

  • My mother told me to study for the test.

  • We’d like to invest in this technology.

  • The girl didn’t want to leave the party.

4 – Use The -ING Form After These Verbs In English

Here are some common verbs in English that are followed by -ing.

  • admit - The politician admitted stealing millions of dollars.

  • avoid - You should avoid eating after 10 PM.

  • consider  - Have you considered buying a laptop computer?

  • enjoy - I enjoy surfing and playing tennis.

  • finish - I finally finished cleaning the house at midnight.

  • can’t stand - I can’t stand going to parties where I don’t know anyone.

  • don’t mind - I don’t mind working overtime.

  • look forward to - I look forward to seeing you next week.

  • keep (continue) - My ex-boyfriend keeps calling me even though I’ve told him I don’t want to talk to him!

  • practice - I need to practice writing in English.

  • spend (time) - My roommate spends hours watching TV.

  • stop - He stopped smoking ten years ago.

  • suggest -   I suggest taking some time off.

  • recommend -The doctor recommended getting more rest.

Start, like, and love can be used with the infinitive or -ing. Both are correct!

  • The baby started to cry.

  • = The baby started crying.

  • I like to run.

  • = I like running.

  • We love reading.

  • = We love to read.

14. Comparatives and 15. Superlatives


Comparatives and Superlatives are special forms of adjectives. They are used to compare two or more things.

Generally, comparatives are formed using -er and superlatives are formed using -est.

Forming comparatives and superlatives

How these forms are created depends on how many syllables there are in the adjective. Syllables are like “sound beats”. For instance, “sing” contains one syllable, but “singing” contains two — sing and ing. Here are the rules.

Adjective form                                                Comparative                                       Superlative

Only one syllable, ending in E.                  Add -R:                                              Add -ST:    

Examples: wide, fine, cute.                        wider, finer, cuter.                              widest, finest, cutest

Only one syllable, with one vowel.          Double the consonant,                      Double the consonant,

and one consonant at the end.                and add -ER:                                       and add -EST:

Examples: hot, big, fat.                             hotter, bigger, fatter.                          hottest, biggest, fattest.

Only one syllable, with more than          Add -ER:                                               Add -EST:

one vowel or more than one.                  lighter, neater, faster.                           lightest, neatest, fastest

consonant at the end.

Examples: light, neat, fast.                                                

Two syllables, ending in Y.                        Change Y to I, then add -ER:             Change Y to I, then add -EST:

Examples: happy, silly, lonely.                   happier, sillier, lonelier.                      happiest, silliest, loneliest

Two syllables or more, not ending in Y.    Use MORE before the adjective:      Use MOST before the adjective:     

Examples: interesting, beautiful.               more interesting, more beautiful.     most interesting, most beautiful

How to use comparatives and superlatives

ComparativesComparatives are used to compare two things. You can use sentences with THAN, or you can use a conjunction like BUT.



Jiro is taller than Yukio.

Yukio is tall, but Jiro is taller.

SuperlativesSuperlatives are used to compare more than two things. Superlative sentences usually use THE, because there is only one superlative.



Masami is the tallest in the class.

Yukio is tall, and Jiro is taller, but Masami is the tallest.

When you are sure that you understand the lesson, you can continue with the exercise.


The cat is faster than the mouse, but the cheetah is the fastest.

The dolphin is more intelligent than the dog, but the chimpanzee is the most intelligent.


The adjectives ‘good’, ‘bad’ and ‘far’ have special forms.

good – better – the best

bad – worse – the worst

far – further – the furthest

We say... We don’t say...

Apples are bigger than grapes. (NOT Apples are more bigger than grapes.)

My father is the tallest in my family. (NOT My father is the most tall in my family.)

This book is more interesting than my homework. (NOT This book is interestinger than my homework.)

16. Verb + Noun

Verb Collocations Examples

Collocations with HAVE

Examples of collocations with have in English.

  • Have a bath

  • Have a drink

  • Have a good time

  • Have a haircut

  • Have a holiday

  • Have a problem

  • Have a relationship

  • Have a rest

  • Have lunch

  • Have sympathy

Collocations with BREAK

List of common collocations with break in English.

  • Break a leg

  • Break a habit

  • Break a record

  • Break a promise

  • Break a window

  • Break someone’s heart

  • Break the ice

  • Break the law

  • Break the news

  • Break the rule

Collocations with PAY

Examples of collocations with pay in English.

  • Pay a fine

  • Pay attention

  • Pay by credit card

  • Pay cash

  • Pay interest

  • Pay the bill

  • Pay the price

  • Pay your respects

  • Pay a visit

  • Pay a compliment

Collocations with MAKE

List of common collocations with make in English.

  • Make a difference

  • Make a mess

  • Make a mistake

  • Make a noise

  • Make an effort

  • Make furniture

  • Make money

  • Make progress

  • Make room

  • Make trouble

Collocations with SAVE

Examples of collocations with save in English.

  • Save electricity

  • Save energy

  • Save money

  • Save one’s strength

  • Save a seat

  • Save someone’s life

  • Save space

  • Save time

  • Save yourself the trouble

Collocations with DO

List of common collocations with do in English.

  • Do business 

  • Do nothing

  • Do someone a favour

  • Do the cooking

  • Do the washing up

  • Do your best

  • Do your hair

  • Do your homework

Collocations with TAKE

Examples of collocations with take in English.

  • Take a break

  • Take a chance

  • Take a look

  • Take a rest

  • Take a seat

  • Take a taxi

  • Take an exam

  • Take notes

  • Take someone’s place

Collocations with CATCH

List of common collocations with catch in English.

  • Catch a ball

  • Catch a bus

  • Catch a chill

  • Catch a cold

  • Catch a thief

  • Catch fire

  • Catch sight of

  • Catch someone’s attention

  • Catch someone’s eye

  • Catch the flu

Collocations with COME

Examples of collocations with come in English.

  • Come close

  • Come complete with

  • Come first

  • Come into view

  • Come last

  • Come prepared

  • Come right back

  • Come second

  • Come to a compromise

  • Come to a decision

  • Come to an agreement

  • Come to an end

  • Come to a standstill

Collocations with GO

List of common collocations with go in English.

  • Go astray

  • Go bad

  • Go bald

  • Go bankrupt

  • Go blind

  • Go crazy

  • Go dark

  • Go deaf

  • Go mad

  • Go missing

  • Go online

  • Go out of business

  • Go overseas

  • Go quiet

  • Go sailing

  • Go to war

Collocations with GET

Examples of collocations with get in English.

  • Get a job

  • Get angry

  • Get a shock

  • Get married

  • Get drunk

  • Get frightened

  • Get lost

  • Get permission

  • Get pregnant

  • Get started

  • Get the impression

  • Get the message

  • Get the sack

  • Get upset

  • Get wet

  • Get worried

Collocations with KEEP

List of common collocations with keep in English.

  • Keep a dairy

  • Keep a promise

  • Keep a secret

  • Keep an appointment

  • Keep calm

  • Keep control

  • Keep in touch

  • Keep quiet

  • Keep someone’s place

  • Keep the change

17. Relative Clauses

1. The relative pronouns:

The relative pronouns are:






whom, who









We use who and whom for people, and which for things.

We use that for people or things.

We use relative pronouns to introduce relative clauses, which tell us more about people and things.

18. Essential B1 connectors

19. Modals of speculation: must, may, might, could, can't

Modal verbs

The modal verbs include can, must, may, might, will, would, should. They are used with other verbs to express ability, obligation, possibility, and so on. Below is a list showing the most useful modals and their most common meanings:





to express ability

I can speak a little Russian.


to request permission

Can I open the window?


to express possibility

I may be home late.


to request permission

May I sit down, please?


to express obligation

I must go now.


to express strong belief

She must be over 90 years old.


to give advice

You should stop smoking.


to request or offer

Would you like a cup of tea?


in if-sentences

If I were you, I would say sorry.

Can / Can’t / Must / Mustn’t

Can It’s OK


Can’t / Mustn’t It’s not OK


Have to / Must It’s necessary / obligatory


Don’t have to


Doesn’t have to


It’s not necessary / obligatory (it’s optional)


(must / mustn’t are more formal)




You can ride your bike here.


You can’t smoke here.


You mustn’t smoke here.



You have to stop here.


You don’t have to pay 


You must stop here.

20. Modals for obligation, lack of obligation, prohibition

21. Have to, don't have to, must, mustn't

​22. 0 and First Conditional 24. The second conditional

Zero Conditional


The zero conditional is a structure used for talking about general truths — things which always happen under certain conditions. This page will explain how the zero conditional is formed, and when to use it.

1. The structure of a zero conditional sentence

A zero conditional sentence consists of two clauses, an “if” clause and a main clause (In most zero conditional sentences you can use when or if and the meaning will stay the same.):

“if” clausemain clause

If you heat water to 100 degrees,it boils.

If the “if” clause comes first, a comma is usually used. If the “if” clause comes second, there is no need for a comma:

main clause“if” clause

Water boilsif you heat it to 100 degrees,

We use the same verb form in each part of a zero conditional: the simple present tense:

“if” clauseif + subject + simple present verb

main clausesubject + simple present verb

2. Using the zero conditional

The zero conditional is used to talk about things which are always true — such as scientific facts and general truths:


If you cross an international date line, the time changes.This always happens — every time you cross a date line.

If it rains, the grass gets wet.This is basically always true — the rain makes the grass wet.

Wood doesn't burn if there is no air.This is a scientific fact — wood needs air in order to burn. No air = no fire.

First Conditional


The first conditional (also called conditional type 1) is a structure used for talking about possibilities in the present or in the future. This page will explain how the first conditional is formed, and when to use it.

1. The structure of a first conditional sentence

A first conditional sentence consists of two clauses, an "if" clause and a main clause:

if clausemain clause

If you study hard,you will pass the test.

If the "if" clause comes first, a comma is usually used. If the "if" clause comes second, there is no need for a comma:

main clauseif clause

You will pass the testif you study hard.

We use different verb forms in each part of a first conditional:

if clauseif + subject + simple present verb

main clausesubject + will + verb

2. Using the first conditional

The first conditional is used to talk about things which are possible in the present or the future — things which may happen:


If it's sunny, we'll go to the park.Maybe it will be sunny — that's possible.

Paula will be sad if Juan leaves.Maybe Juan will leave — that's possible.

If you cook the supper, I'll wash the dishes.Maybe you will cook the supper — that's possible.

Second Conditional


The second conditional (also called conditional type 2) is a structure used for talking about unreal situations in the present or in the future. This page will explain how the second conditional is formed, and when to use it.

The structure of a second conditional sentence

Like a first conditional, a second conditional sentence consists of two clauses, an “if” clause and a main clause:

“If” clauseMain clause

If I had a million dollars,I would buy a big house.

If the “if” clause comes first, a comma is usually used. If the “if” clause comes second, there is no need for a comma:

Main clause“If” clause

I would buy a big houseif I had a million dollars.

We use different verb forms in each part of a second conditional:

“If” clauseif + subject + simple past verb*

Main clausesubject + would + verb

*Note that this "simple past" form is slightly different from usual in the case of the verb BE. Whatever the subject, the verb form is "were", not "was": If I were rich, I'd buy a big house.

Using the second conditional

The second conditional is used to talk about things which are unreal (not true or not possible) in the present or the future -- things which don't or won't happen:


If I were you, I would drive more carefully in the rain.I am not you — this is unreal.

Paula would be sad if Jan left.Jan will not leave — that's not going to happen.

If dogs had wings, they would be able to fly.Dogs don't have wings — that's impossible.

23. Quantifiers

Expressions of Quantity

Countable and Uncountable Expressions of Quantity

Not any

Countable: There are not any biscuits left.

Non-countable: There is not any water in the sink.


Countable: There are no animals in the park.

Non-countable: There is no money in my purse.


Countable: Some children play here on the weekend.

Non-countable: There is some smoke coming from that house.

A lot of

Countable: She has a lot of dogs.

Non-countable: There’s a lot of traffic today.

Lots of

Countable: Lots of women work here.

Non-countable: She made us lots of coffee.

Plenty of

Countable: There are plenty of bottles in the fridge.

Non-countable: There is plenty of information in report.


Countable: She keeps most of her books in the shelf.

Non-countable: We spent the most time on the project.


Countable: Who ate all the apples?

Non-countable: Jennifer is the one with all the experience.

25. Past perfect

26. Question Tags

27. Passive Voice


Causative Have

HAVE = Give Someone Else The Responsibility To Do Something

Grammatical structure:

  • HAVE + PERSON + VERB (base form)



Examples of grammatical structure 1:

  • I’ll have my assistant call you to reschedule the appointment.

  • The businessman had his secretary make copies of the report.

Examples of grammatical structure 2:

  • I’m going to have my hair cut tomorrow.

  • We’re having our house painted this weekend.

  • Bob had his teeth whitened; his smile looks great!

  • My washing machine is broken; I need to have it repaired.

Note: In informal speech, we often use get in these cases:

  • I’m going to get my haircut tomorrow.

  • We’re getting our house painted this weekend.

  • Bob got his teeth whitened; his smile looks great!

  • My washing machine is broken; I need to get it repaired.


We often use have to to say that something is obligatory, for example:

Children have to go to school.

  1. Expressing ability

Countable uncountable
Verb + ing / Infin
Comparative Superlative
Verb + Noun
Relative Cluase
Have to Must



Students probably study this the least and it is as important, if not more important than the grammar. So make sure you learn the vocabulary.

  1. Collocations

  2. Feelings

  3. Countries and Nationalities

  4. Describing a Person

  5. Personality Adjectives

  6. Human Senses

  7. Experience verb collocations

  8. Parts of a city

  9. Clothes

  10. Fashion

  11. Phrasal verbs

  12. Places in a city

  13. Food

  14. Cooking verb and expressions

  15. Electrical appliances

  16. Technological gadgets



Countries and Nationalities


Countries and nationalities

Australia: Australia

England: Inglaterra

Ireland: Irlanda

Jamaica: Jamaica

New Zealand: Nueva Zelanda Scotland: Escocia

South Africa: Sudáfrica

United Kingdom: Reino Unido

United States of America: Estados Unidos de América 

Wales: Gales

Australian: australiano

English: inglés

Irish: irlandés

Jamaican: Jamaicano

New Zealander or Kiwi: neozelandés 

Scottish: escocés

South African: sudafricano 

British: británico 

American: americano 

Welsh: galés

Describing a Person

Personality Adjectives

Human Senses

Experience verb collocations

Parts of a city



Phrasal verbs

Places in a city


Cooking verb and expressions

Electrical appliances

Technological gadgets




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