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Present Perfect vs. Present Perfect Continuous Tense (With Worksheet)

Have you eaten sweets your whole life, or have you been eating sweets your whole life? I know, what’s the difference, right? It’s minor and hard to miss, but there’s actually a big difference between those two statements. This grammar issue is common among many English writers. Let’s discuss the differences found between present perfect and present perfect continuous tenses. I’ll even show you their different functions, formulas, and examples of how to use them in sentences. After reading my …

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Comma Before Too – Guide & Examples

Proper punctuation is important for the overall understanding of your writing. Most students learning the nuances of good grammar know that commas are important punctuation marks but struggle with their placement. For example, when the word too is used to mean “also,” “in addition,” or “as well as,” you may have seen a comma placed before “too,” but in other sentences, it is absent. So, which is it? Do you put a comma before too, or not? The decision is …

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Question Mark and Quotation Marks – Usage & Examples

A common question in my class concerns where end marks belong when used with a quotation: to the inside or outside of the end quotation mark? The correct answer is both, depending on how the quotation marks are used. It all depends on whether you are quoting a question or asking a question about a quote. Let’s take a closer look at the roles quotation marks and question marks play in the English language and how you can use them …

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Question Mark After “I Was Wondering” – Guide & Examples

The phrase “I was wondering” serves as a polite way to introduce a sentence or as part of an imperative sentence when requesting something. Although a question mark never directly follows its use, it is a common end mark to use when it is included in a sentence. Let’s look at the different ways you can integrate this phrase into your writing and speech and learn how to punctuate it properly. Question Mark Rules and Examples Interrogative sentences are used …

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Superlatives – Definition, Examples, & Worksheet

When learning a new language, one of the first things you learn is how to describe things. In English, we use comparative and superlative adjectives to show how something is greater or lesser than something else. This can be confusing for non-native English speakers. My detailed breakdown will give you a definition of superlatives and examples of how to use them. I even made a worksheet to help you practice. What Is a Superlative? A superlative is a degree of …

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First Conditional – Uses, Examples & Worksheet

The first conditional is a type of sentence used to talk about possible future events. It’s often confused with other conditional forms, and even I get them mixed up from time to time. Both native and non-native English speakers also use the wrong tense. My grammar lesson will teach you how to use the 1st conditional correctly with examples and a worksheet to help you practice. What Is the First Conditional? Conditional refers to a word, clause, verb form, or …

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Past Simple Tense Exercises (With Printable PDF)

The past simple tense is one of the most basic ones used in the English language. It describes past events and is often mistaken for the past continuous. Today, I will go through some past simple regular and irregular verb exercises to help you get acquainted with this tense. What Is Past Simple Tense? The simple past tense is used in speech and writing to talk about something that happened before the present. It’s important to tell apart the past …

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Present Perfect Continuous Tense – Uses, Examples & Worksheet

What makes the statement, “I’ve been watching that TV series” different from “I’ve watched that TV series”? The first statement is in the present perfect continuous tense, expressing an ongoing process for a specific time duration. The uses and formulas of the present perfect continuous tense are easy to learn, as I’ll show you below. Present Perfect Continuous Tense A verb is a part of speech in English grammar expressing time while showing an action, condition, or existence of something. …

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Third Conditional – Uses, Examples, & Worksheet

The third conditional is a grammatical construction that is used to express unreal or hypothetical situations in the past. It’s tricky to master, but I use it in my writing all the time. It consists of two parts: a past tense verb and an “if” clause, followed by the result of that situation. There are many uses for the third conditional, which can be complicated to master. This blog post will show examples of using the third conditional and a …

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Zero Conditional – Uses, Examples & Worksheet

Did you know that the grammatical structure of conditionals varies according to the possibility of the event? We use the simple present tense when something is a scientific fact or general truth. And my previous sentence is an example of a zero conditional. Read on as I discuss the uses and constructions of the zero conditional in grammar. I also provided several sentence examples and a worksheet to help you master the lesson. Let’s go! What is the Zero Conditional? …

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