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Easy English: Future Perfect Tense

Future perfect simple: “Will” Usage The future perfect tense is used to describe an event that will be completed before another point in time. As a result, we often use time expressions (such as “by tomorrow,” “by midday,” or “by then”) or another activity (expressed in a different future tense) to help make the timeline Read More

Easy English: Indirect Questions

What are indirect questions? Indirect questions are statements or questions that reframe a direct question by relaying it in reported speech. To make this clearer, let’s look at some direct questions: “Is this your bag?” “Do you know the time?” “Have you seen Emma lately?” To form questions in English, we either change the word Read More

Easy English: Modal Verbs

What are modal verbs? We use modal verbs in order to express modality, such as permission, ability, suggestion, possibility, attitude, likelihood, order, or obligation. Here are the various modal verbs that we commonly use: may would might must can shall could should will ought to An important note is that modal verbs are always paired Read More

Easy English: Imperatives

What are imperatives? In English, the imperative is one of three verbal moods. These are the indicative, the subjunctive, and the imperative. We use imperatives to give commands, issue warnings, or provide emphatic instructions. And if we add “please” before an imperative phrase, it can also form a request. In the examples below, note that Read More

Easy English: Relative Clauses

What is a relative clause? A relative clause (also called an “adjective clause” because it gives us more information about a particular noun) is a type of dependent clause. Every relative clause has a subject and a verb, but these clauses can’t stand by themselves as complete sentences. How to identify a relative clause A Read More

Easy English: Direct and Indirect Objects

Transitive and Intransitive Verbs In English, verbs can be followed by two different kinds of objects, depending on the type of verb we are using. These are either direct objects or indirect objects. Transitive verbs are able to take a direct object, whereas intransitive verbs cannot. Here are some examples of both (the direct objects Read More

Easy English: Time Clauses

We use time clauses in English to express that an action or event is based on a certain period of time. Most often, these clauses are introduced by conjunctions such as “before,” “after,” “until,” “while,” “when,” or “whenever.” We can also use phrases such as “the minute,” “the moment,” or “as soon as” to serve Read More