English Grammar Refresher
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English Grammar Refresher

Speak More Like a Native English Speaker Using Verb Tenses
4.3 (325 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
5,223 students enrolled
Created by Efi Carde
Last updated 10/2016
English
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 7 Articles
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
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  • Certificate of Completion
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What Will I Learn?
2 hours of lectures + Quizzes
Spot the structural differences between the English tenses
Know the different ways the English tenses are used in conversation
Use verb tenses like a native English speaker
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Requirements
  • Students should already have completed elementary or beginner-level English and some intermediate-level English.
Description

**Updated with more quizzes and complementary materials**

This is a review course for people who struggle with English grammar. Surprisingly, many English learners make the most basic grammar mistakes repeatedly. Is this you? Then this is your course! The goal of this course is to give you little tricks or hints to help remember verb structure (for example, when to use helping verb "do" or "be") and give examples to compare tenses so that you know when to choose one tense over another (a classic example of this is the past simple versus present perfect). You don't have to be confused anymore. This course is your first step to sounding more like a native English speaker with tenses. I tell you the common ways to use the tenses and each lecture includes a quiz to confirm your knowledge. We start with the most commonly used verb tenses and then move on to less frequently used tenses. By the end of the course, you'll know the subtle differences between the English verb tenses and how to use them confidently in conversation. If you're already very good at grammar, then I'm afraid this course isn't for you. 

Who is the target audience?
  • This English course is best suited for students who know some English (pre-intermediate or above). Students who have already learned some English grammar will benefit from a quick and comprehensive review of English tenses. This course is not designed for complete beginners. This comprehensive course covers the general guidelines for English tenses. In the course, we do not address exceptions to these rules.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 24 Lectures Collapse All 24 Lectures 02:09:38
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Introduction to the Course
1 Lecture 01:41

Introduction to the course: English Grammar Refresher

Preview 01:41
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Basic Verb Tenses
3 Lectures 20:03

Here, we cover the Present Continuous and talk about what's happening now.

Part 1: Present Continuous - Talking About Now
05:06

Quiz 1: Present Continuous
8 questions

In this lecture, we'll talk about the Present Simple and Present Continuous. We'll discuss their form, use, and relationship.

Part 2: Present Simple and Present Continuous - What's the present simple?
14:48

Quiz 2: Present Simple and Present Continuous
15 questions

Modern Family is an American mockumentary sitcom. In this video clip, you'll see the Present Simple used in question form.

Modern Family - Present Simple Questions
00:09
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The Four Main Future Forms
3 Lectures 22:42
In this lecture, we'll talk about the Present Simple and Present Continuous - but this time we're talking about the future! We'll discuss their form, use, and relationship.
Preview 05:48

Quiz 3: Present Simple and Present Continuous -- in the future
5 questions

"Friends" is one of the most popular American sitcoms. It lasted 10 seasons! In this video clip, you'll see the Present Continuous used to talk about now and to the talk about the future.

Friends - Ross's big brother moment
00:14

In this lecture, we'll talk about other ways to discuss the future - "will" and "going to." We'll discuss their form, use, and relationship. We'll also compare them to the Present Simple and Present Continuous in the future.

Part 4: Other Future Forms - Will & Going To
16:40

Quiz 4: More Ways to Talk About the Future -- "Will" & "Going To"
12 questions
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The Many Tenses to Speak About the Past
9 Lectures 01:09:06
In this lecture, we'll talk about the Past Simple, its form and uses.
Preview 08:41

Quiz 5: The Past Simple
7 questions

In this lecture, we'll talk about the Past Simple and Present Perfect tenses. There are two of the most confusing tenses in English. We'll discuss their form, use, and relationship.
Part 6: Present Perfect and Past Simple
11:55

Quiz 6: Present Perfect & Past Simple
14 questions

In this lecture, we'll talk about other ways to talk about the past - "would" and "used." We'll discuss their form, use, and relationship. We'll also compare them to the Past Simple.
Part 7: Other Past Forms - Would & Used To
09:29

Quiz 7: Other Ways to Talk About the Past: "Would" & "Used To"
14 questions

This is an interview with Jake Gyllenhaal, an American actor. He played an Everest climber in the movie "Everest." In this video, he uses "would" to describe what he and the cast and crew did routinely while filming the movie.

Using "Would" in the Past by Jake
00:12

In this lecture, we'll talk about the Past Continuous and Past Simple. We'll discuss their form, use, and relationship.
Part 8: Past Continuous and Past Simple
08:52

Quiz 8: Past Continuous & Past Simple
12 questions

In this lecture, we'll talk about the Present Perfect Simple and Present Perfect Continuous tenses. We'll discuss their form, use, and relationship.
Part 9: Present Perfect Continuous and Present Perfect Simple
11:23

Quiz 9: Present Perfect Continuous & Present Perfect Simple
9 questions

In this lecture, we'll talk about the Past Perfect and Past Simple. We'll discuss their form, use, and relationship.

The Past Perfect isn't often used in conversation, but it's important to know when you should use it and what it means.

Part 10: Past Perfect and Past Simple
11:16

Quiz 10: Past Perfect & Past Simple
12 questions

The Past Perfect is used more often in writing than when speaking. In this article about the famous singer Adele, you'll see the Past Perfect in use.

Learn the Past Perfect with Adele
00:17

In this lecture, we'll talk about the Past Perfect Continuous and compare it to the Past Perfect.
Part 11: Past Perfect Continuous
07:01

Quiz 11: Past Perfect Continuous
5 questions
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More About the Future with "Will"
6 Lectures 13:28
Part 12.1: Introduction to the Future Perfect, Continuous, & Perfect Continuous
02:43

Part 12.2: Future Perfect
02:47

Part 12.2: Future Continuous
03:31

Part 12.4: Future Perfect Continuous
03:37

Scene from Friends: The One Where No One's Ready - Chandler & Joey
00:38

Scene from Friends: The One Where No One's Ready - Monica & Phoebe
00:11

Future Perfect, Future Continuous, Future Perfect Continuous
8 questions
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Thank You!
2 Lectures 00:43
Thanks for joining me!
00:40

This is a really fun clip from the popular show, Big Bang Theory, about grammar. I recommend watching with close captions (subtitles) so that you can see how the 'perfect' tenses is used. Language is based on a structure which we all can understand. It makes so much sense!

Big Bang Grammar
00:03
About the Instructor
Efi Carde
4.3 Average rating
325 Reviews
5,223 Students
1 Course
CELTA-certified English Teacher at Elegant English

Efi has been teaching English as a foreign language to young adults and professionals since 2010. In 2015, she started teaching online over Skype. Efi started Learn Elegant English that same year to reach out to more students around the global. Over the years, she's learned a lot from her students about the difficulties they have learning English. She has perfected the best ways to explain the most challenging aspects of the English language.

"I've been so lucky to work with so many amazing individuals over the years, and now I want to show you the beauty of the English language and make learning it as effortless as possible." - Efi