Present continuous

The present continuous tense is formed from the present tense of the verb be and the present participle (-ing form) of a verb:


  1. We use the present continuous tense to talk about the present:
  • for something that is happening at the moment of speaking:

I’m just leaving work. I’ll be home in an hour.
Please be quiet. The children are sleeping.

  • for something which is happening before and after a given time:

At eight o’clock we are usually having breakfast.
When I get home the children are doing their homework.

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Collocation Examples

What is a Collocation?

A collocation is made up of two or more words that are commonly used together in English. Thnk of collocations as words that usually go together. There are different kinds of collocations in English. Strong collocations are word pairings that are expected to come together. Good collocation examples of this type of word pairing are combinations with ‘make’ and ‘do’. You make a cup of tea, but do your homework.

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English Review Grammar Guide

Choose the correct response and enter it into the answer box. Click on “Check” to check your response. If you have answered correctly you will see “Good job, that’s correct!” appear on the “Correction” button. If your answer is incorrect, you will see “Sorry, click here to review this grammar” appear on the “Correction” button. Click on this button to open a new window in which you can review the grammar concept related to the question. When you have finished reviewing return to this window to continue the review.

You can also first answer all the questions and then check each clicking on the grammar review pages that interest you.

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Confusing Preposition Pairs

here are a number of confusing preposition pairs in English which make up some of the most common mistakes in English. This article focuses on some of the most common pairs of prepositions that are easily exchanged for each other. These pairs include:

in / into
on / onto
among / between
like / as
beside / besides
around / about
from / of
from / than

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O Caso Genitivo – The Genitive Case (‘s)

O Caso Genitivo (ou Possessivo) por meio do uso de um apóstrofo () seguido ou não de s é típico da Língua Inglesa. É usado basicamente para mostrar que algo pertence ou está associado a alguém ou a algum elemento. O ‘s vem após o nome do possuidor, que precederá sempre a coisa pertencente. Veja:

The name of the boy is Joseph. = the boy‘s name is Joseph. (boy = possuidor e name = pertencente)
(O nome do garoto é Joseph.)

The invaders of the country influenced the language = The country‘s invaders influenced the language.
(country = possuidor e invaders = pertencente)         (Os invasores do país influenciaram a língua.)

The diary of Bridget Jones = Bridget Jones‘s diary (Bridget Jones = possuidor e diary = pertencente)            (O diário de Bridget Jones.)

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Preposições em inglês: in, on, at

A gramática em inglês pode ser complicada. E uma área que os alunos acham particularmente difícil são as preposições em inglês. Uma preposição liga substantivos, pronomes e expressões a outras palavras na frase. Desculpem, eu sei que é chatinho de entender e queria que desse para viver sem isso, mas não dá. Então, vou tentar facilitar ajudando, para que vocês se sintam mais à vontade com preposições. Vamos fazer uma rápida revisão de quando usar as três preposições em inglês mais comuns: in, on e at.

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The writer who invented a language

JRR Tolkien created Elvish and many other writers have made up new words and phrases. But can you really construct a whole new lexicon? Hephzibah Anderson takes a look.

If you’re a Game of Thrones fan suffering from withdrawal, you might consider brushing up on your Dothraki while waiting to find out whether any of your favourite characters will live to see another season. How? With the Dothraki Companion app, of course, the latest creation of David J Peterson, who’s the man responsible for turning the handful of phrases found in the original series of books into a lexicon of more than 4,000 words.

Filled with fricative ‘kh’ sounds that underscore the essential harshness of life in the Seven Kingdoms, Dothraki is one of the show’s most distinctive features. But even though it’s a made-up language – or ‘conlang’, as in ‘constructed language’, to use  the proper jargon – bringing it to life has been no easy task.

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