714 – Ability and Possibility

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When I was younger I could play the piano a lot better than I can now. You know? I’m glad I was able to tell you that. Here are some of the example sentences from this episode. To see all of them and to get the details of this English lesson, you need to listen to the podcast or join …

712 – Negative Questions

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Wouldn’t it be nice if we could learn another language quickly and easily? Oh, don’t worry, this isn’t a commercial, just an intro to this lesson. Isn’t that why you’re here? Negative questions are questions that begin with the negative forms of the be verb and other auxiliary verbs. Like their cousins, tag questions, negative questions are often used to …

706 – 6 Causative Forms Of Have

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Have you ever seen the movie, Good Morning Vietnam with Robin Williams? In that movie, an army base had William’s character work as a radio dj, and his personality had everyone on the base laughing. Except of course his supervisors, who wanted to have him transferred. Have someone do something, have someone doing something, and have someone done. By the …

698 – Arrive

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Prepositions can be tricky in English. I know that just as well as you do. And which preposition you choose can depend on a number of factors including the context of the conversation as well as the grammar rules. Well, today we’re going to have a look at the verb arrive and all of the different preposition combinations that exist …

694 – Inversion

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Had I known this English point was a pain in the neck for a lot of English learners, I would have covered it before. Can you imagine? How I missed this is beyond me! Let’s discuss. Here are some of the example sentences from this episode. To see all of them and to get the details of this English lesson, …

685 – 4 Conditional Patterns

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Here are some of the example sentences from this episode. To see all of them and to get the details of this English lesson, you need to listen to the podcast or join my Podcast Learner’s Group for the transcript, live group lessons, and more. If the temperature reaches 100°C, water boils. If I am late for work again, the …

684 – Something, Anything, Nothing

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I have something for you to learn. There is nothing else more important than this podcast. Ok, maybe that’s not something smart to say, but anything else may not work. What? In this English lesson, let’s look at 5 different grammar patterns you can use with something, anything, and nothing. Oh yeah, and these patterns also work well with someone, …

683 – 3 Ways to Use ING Adjectives

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I saw a magician last night. He was amazing. In fact, he was amazing the audience from the moment he stepped on to the stage. What an amazing magician. In this English lesson Podcast, we’ll look at 3 ways to use present participle adjectives, also known as ING adjectives. Here are some of the example sentences from this episode. To …

682 – Past Perfect Tense

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I came late today because I had forgotten my train ticket at home. So I went back home and by the time I got there, it had started raining. What a morning. If I had known it was going to rain, I would have stayed home. This lesson is all about the past perfect tense. Here are some of the …

679 – Am vs. Do In Simple Present Tense

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This is a pen. You probably learned a sentence like that back in the day, right? Well, the be verb, you know, am, is are, and the verb do can be confusing sometimes, especially in a negative sentence. Let’s study together Here are some of the example sentences from this episode. To see all of them and to get the …