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Quick Lesson: The Present Perfect in Use

Quick Lesson:

All of these French sentences, when translated into English, would use the present perfect tense. What do you think would be a good translation?

1. On se connait depuis 30 ans
2. Je viens de finir mon rapport
3. La réunion a été annulée, elle est reportée à la semaine prochaine
4. Il n’a toujours pas téléphoné à l’agence
5. Ca fait quinze minutes que j’attends
6. Etes-vous déjà allé en Chine?
7. Je n’ai pas encore lu ton article
8. Je suis fatigué parce que j’ai couru

Quick Tip: Learn Irregular verbs in groups

Irregular verbs can be organised into groups to make them easier to remember. It doesn’t seem logical to learn them all in alphabetical order – you will never need to recall them in order in the real world, only for exams.

The first group to learn would be the verbs that do not change – the infinitive, past simple and past participle are the same:

bet (parier)
cut (couper)
put (mettre)
shut (fermer)
set (??)
cost (coûter)
hurt (faire mal, blesser)
hit (frapper)
let (permettre, laisser)

English Grammar – Much / Many / A lot

How to use much, many and a lot (of)

what is a countable noun? It’s a noun that we make plural and count the number. For example: car, book, friend

An uncountable cannot be plural, so you can’t count them. For example, information, bread, money

In the video the teacher talks about coffee and says that it’s uncountable. However it would be correct to say ‘I’ll have two coffees’ because you are talking about cups of coffee, not the coffee itself.

English Grammar – How to learn tenses

In this video, James from EngVid describes his method of studying grammar.

A, AN, THE – Articles in English

Do you know how to use definite and indefinite articles in English? The way we use them is not always the same as in French!