Thursday, January 11, 2018

Exercises with relative clauses

Link to post on relative clauses

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Links for 1° Bach

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

If wishes were horses...

"If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.

If turnips were watches, I'd wear one by my side.

If "if's" and "and's" were pots and pans,

There'd be no work for tinkers' hands."

(Traditional nursery rhyme)

We use the verb "wish" when we want something we can't have. At least for the moment. (here's a version of the nursery rhyme on Youtube )

Here's a good summary of all the ways you can use the word wish. As you can see, there are many. (Please check for the whole lesson)

Here you have a song where you can see the use of wish. 

Wish + past tense

The prologue to the musical "Into the Woods" also has a lot of examples of how to use "wish". You can try to write down what each character wishes for. You will probably recognize them, as they all come from traditional fairy tales.

And if you watch the whole musical, you'll realize that wishing sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for...

Monday, October 31, 2016

How to use phrasal verbs

Phrasal verbs in English are very, very common. The best advice is to calm down and pick them up just like any other verb, one at a time.
Also, a good idea is to pay attention to them when they turn up in songs. Lindsay Dow has a fantastic Youtube playlist with songs that use them. Check them out!


You can also revise this BBC Learning English unit:

And you may want to practice with this fantastic series from the BBC about phrasals, too:

Sunday, October 30, 2016

The Future Perfect

By the time you finish this fantastic explanation you will have understood this structure perfectly.

Make sure you check out the rest of the unit here

Friday, September 23, 2016

Present perfect vs. Present perfect continuous

First of all, be sure to revise first the Present Perfect post here.

A few differences between Present Perfect Simple and Present Perfect Continuous:

Present perfect SIMPLE

Present perfect CONTINUOUS
  • something which happened in the past which is important now.
  • Recent actions
  • experiences
  • state verbs

  • when we focus on the action, the process or its duration.
  • when something is unfinished

Here you have a longer explanation with exercises: 

You can also check this other website: 

And remember, you can find plenty of exercises to practice this and other grammar points at

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The passive voice (update)

Passive from Elena (IES Cervantes)

Link to Agendaweb section for passive voice practice here
For more on passive reporting structures, go to

For more on using the passive voice with two objects check

You can see some practical examples of how the passive voice is used here:


There is a second part of the video you can watch here

This collection of songs that use causatives and passives is also worth checking out: