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Podcast #5 - Using Used To and Would For Repeated Past Actions and Habits

Using “Used to” and “Would” for Repeated Past Actions and Habits

During the holiday season, many people start to reminisce about the ways they spent the holidays when they were children. As I mentioned in my last podcast, we usually use the simple past tense to tell stories about the past. When we are talking about repeated actions or habits that … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Podcast #4 How to Use the Past Perfect for Clarity When Telling a Story

How to Use the Past Perfect for Clarity When Telling a Story

When we’re telling a story about an event that happened in the past, we usually use the simple past tense to tell most of the story. However, sometimes we forget a detail, or we want to refer back to something that happened before the main event to give extra details.  … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Podcast #3 How to Use the Present Continuous and Simple Present with a Future Meaning for Arrangements and Schedules

How to Use the Present Continuous and the Simple Present with a Future Meaning for Arrangements and Schedules

As I mentioned in my last podcast, English does not have a future tense. You learned how to use “to be going to” and “will” to talk about decisions and predictions. In today’s podcast, you’ll find out how to use the present continuous and the simple present with a future … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Podcast #2 How to Use the Future Forms To Be Going To and Will for Decisions and Predictions

How to Use the Future Forms “to be going to” and “will” for Decisions and Predictions

Unlike other languages, English does not have a future tense. Instead, we have future forms: the modal verb “will,” the construction “to be going to,” the simple present, and the present continuous can all be used to express future meaning! In this podcast, you’ll learn how to use “to be … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Podcast #1 How to Use the Present Perfect Continuous

How to Use the Present Perfect Continuous Like a Native Speaker

Are you confused about how to use the present perfect continuous? In this podcast, you’ll learn: what we mean when we say “perfect” tenses and “continuous” tenses the two main uses of the present perfect continuous, and how the present perfect continuous is often used with “recently,” “how long,” “for,” … Read the article and watch the video lesson

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