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

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?

Present continuous and 'going to'

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Taking about making plans… what is Finn doing tonight? Listen to the programme.

Articles

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Rob and Emma talk about articles and Finn talks about elephants in Cambodia.

Past simple and past continuous

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We talk about the Titanic disaster and teach you two past verb forms.

The past simple tense

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"Did you have breakfast?" Learn how to use the past simple tense.

'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 'always', 'often', 'never' and 'sometimes'.

'Like' for preference and description

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

Present perfect continuous

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'What have you been doing?' Learn how to use the present perfect continuous tense.

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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Catherine and Neil talk about unusual food and give you rules to help you choose 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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"If my team won, I'd be so happy!" Learn how to use the second conditional.

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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Passive forms can be tricky to understand but Rob, Neil and Mike are here to help you.

Indirect questions

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Rob and Catherine tell you what they are, how to make them and when to use them.

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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Too expensive? Using 'too', 'very' and 'enough' with adjectives to talk about degree.

Subject questions

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

'Used to'

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Using the phrase 'used to' to talk about the past: "I used to meet my friends every day."