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**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.
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|Section 1: Introduction to the Course|
Introduction to the course: English Grammar Refresher
|Section 2: Basic Verb Tenses|
Here, we cover the Present Continuous and talk about what's happening now.
Quiz 1: Present Continuous
In this lecture, we'll talk about the Present Simple and Present Continuous. We'll discuss their form, use, and relationship.
Quiz 2: Present Simple and Present Continuous
Modern Family is an American mockumentary sitcom. In this video clip, you'll see the Present Simple used in question form.
|Section 3: The Four Main Future Forms|
|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.|
Quiz 3: Present Simple and Present Continuous -- in the future
"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.
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.
Quiz 4: More Ways to Talk About the Future -- "Will" & "Going To"
|Section 4: The Many Tenses to Speak About the Past|
|In this lecture, we'll talk about the Past Simple, its form and uses.|
Quiz 5: The Past Simple
|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.|
Quiz 6: Present Perfect & Past Simple
|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.|
Quiz 7: Other Ways to Talk About the Past: "Would" & "Used To"
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.
|In this lecture, we'll talk about the Past Continuous and Past Simple. We'll discuss their form, use, and relationship.|
Quiz 8: Past Continuous & Past Simple
|In this lecture, we'll talk about the Present Perfect Simple and Present Perfect Continuous tenses. We'll discuss their form, use, and relationship.|
Quiz 9: Present Perfect Continuous & Present Perfect Simple
|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.
Quiz 10: Past Perfect & Past Simple
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.
|In this lecture, we'll talk about the Past Perfect Continuous and compare it to the Past Perfect.|
Quiz 11: Past Perfect Continuous
|Section 5: More About the Future with "Will"|
Part 12.1: Introduction to the Future Perfect, Continuous, & Perfect Continuous
Part 12.2: Future Perfect
Part 12.2: Future Continuous
Part 12.4: Future Perfect Continuous
Scene from Friends: The One Where No One's Ready - Chandler & Joey
Scene from Friends: The One Where No One's Ready - Monica & Phoebe
Future Perfect, Future Continuous, Future Perfect Continuous
|Section 6: Thank You!|
Thanks for joining me!
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!
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