6 Minute Grammar

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Learn English grammar in six minutes. Every Tuesday join two of our presenters and learn a new key area of grammar. Our presenters include Finn, Emma, Rob, Neil, Sophie & Alice.

Episodios

The past perfect

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Where had John already gone when Mary rang his doorbell? We give you the answer.

Modals of deduction and speculation

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Learn what to say when you're making a guess about a past or present situation.

The zero and first conditionals

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Learn how to make them, when to use them and listen to some example sentences.

Present continuous and 'going to'

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Rob, Finn and Emma are going to help you talk about future arrangements.

Phrasal verbs

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Afraid of phrasal verbs? Relax - Finn and Catherine are here to help.

Past simple and past continuous

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Learn how to talk about past events using the past simple and past continuous.

Past simple

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We look at the 'past simple' and give you examples in this 6 Minute Grammar.

'Have to' and 'must'

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Learn how to talk about obligations in English using 'have to' and 'must'.

Adverbs of Frequency

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Learn how to use words like 'always', 'never' and 'sometimes'.

'Like' for preference and description

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We explain different meanings of the word 'like', and talk about food...

Question forms

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We’ll take a look at yes-no questions and questions to get to know each other.

Present perfect continuous

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How long have Neil and Catherine been talking about the present perfect continuous?

Present tenses

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Finn and Catherine take a look at the present simple, continuous and perfect.

'Can', 'could', 'be able to', 'manage to'

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Learn key words and phrases to talk about ability in the present and the past.

'Used to' and 'would'

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Hear about a strange habit Finn had when he was a child. He used to sleepwalk!

Talking about the future

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Learn how to use 'will', 'going to', 'might' and 'be likely to' to talk about the future.

Question tags

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"You didn't eat all the chocolate, did you?" Learn how to use 'did you' - a question tag.

Present perfect and past simple

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Learn when we use the present perfect and past simple tenses.

State verbs

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Is it OK to say 'I'm loving your work'? Neil and Catherine take a look at state verbs.

The second conditional

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For an explanation about the 2nd conditional, just give us 6 minutes and we can help!

The first conditional

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'If it rains, I will take my umbrella'. Learn how to use the first conditional.

Present and past passives

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Listen to this programme for examples of passives and explanations of how they're used.

Indirect questions

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Learn different ways of asking for information and making requests.

Verb tenses

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Neil and Catherine go on a 'tour' of 6 very important English tenses.

Too, very, enough

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We will help you understand how 'too', 'very', and 'enough' are used and what they mean.

Subject questions

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Learn how we form questions when we want to ask about a subject or an object.

How to use 'used to'

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Learn how to talk about something you did regularly in the past, but don’t do now.

Might, may, could

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Catherine might cook curry for dinner. Learn how to use 'might', 'may' and 'could'.

Might, may, could

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Catherine might cook curry for dinner. Learn how to use 'might', 'may' and 'could'.

Defining relative clauses

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How to use defining relative clauses. They give information about a noun in a sentence.

Present perfect with 'just', 'already' and 'yet'

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Learn how to use 'just', 'already' and 'yet' with the present perfect.

Comparatives and superlatives

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Who's taller and who is the thinnest? Learn how to compare people and things in English.

The present perfect with 'for' and 'since'

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Learn how to answer questions with 'how long' using the words 'for' and 'since'.

The present perfect with ‘ever’ and ‘never’

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Have you ever ridden a camel? Use the present perfect to talk about life experiences.

Verb patterns

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When is a verb followed by a gerund, and when is it followed by an infinitive?