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Grammar Guide

Not sure which grammar course to take?

If you're not sure which grammar courses you need to take but you know that you want to improve your English, use our guide below to help.

Start with question one and try to answer it. Check your answer against ours and if you're correct, you can move on to the next question. If you're incorrect, click on the link to read about a course that will help you understand this topic correctly. Our questions are shown in order of difficulty, so more advanced learners should look for the questions at the end.

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Elementary

The correct answer is: The first sound we hear in umbrella is U which is a vowel sound. The first sound we hear in university is Y which is a consonant sound.

Level: Elementary

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  • Indefinite Articles > Learn the three indefinite articles (a, an and some) and when we use them as well as their correct pronunciation.
  • Articles > Learn about the use of the definite article, indefinite articles and zero article as well as their correct pronunciation.
  • Articles Pronunciation> Learn the correct pronunciation of the articles a, an, some and the.
  • All Things Articles > Learn everything about the indefinite articles, the definite article and the zero article grammar as well as pronunciation. This course also looks at the key exception words with articles. It’s a comprehensive guide to all things articles.

The correct answers are: Boys, Watches, Hippopotami

Level: Elementary

Course Recommendations:

  • Plural Form > To learn everything about the plural form for all regular nouns. This includes words ending in CH, SH, X, S, Z, O, Y, F and FE and words with Latin endings.
  • All Things Plural > To learn both the regular plural and irregular plural forms together.
  • S Pronunciation > To learn the correct pronunciation of any regular plural word.

The correct question is: Does she play football? This is how we form questions in the present simple tense.

Level: Elementary

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The correct answer is: When we talk about a plural noun in the affirmative, we use the article some, but in the negative, we use the article any.

Level: Elementary

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  • Countable and Uncountable Nouns > Learn what countable and uncountable nouns are, the most common uncountable nouns and how we use verbs, articles, pronouns and demonstratives with these nouns.

The correct answer is: The question “how many” is used with countable nouns only, but the expression “how much” has two meanings- a quantity with uncountable nouns and a price.

Level: Elementary

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  • Much and Many > Learn how to use much and many, how much, how many, so much, so many, too much, too many, this much and that much.
  • Countable and Uncountable Nouns > Learn what countable and uncountable nouns are, the most common uncountable nouns and how we use verbs, articles, pronouns and demonstratives with these nouns.

The correct answer is: Swimming

Level: Elementary

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The correct sentence is: I love it!

Level: Elementary

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The correct difference is: “What are you doing?” means right now at the moment of speaking, what activity are you doing. “What do you do?” means what is your profession/job. 

Level: Elementary

Course Recommendations:

  • Present Simple v Present Continuous Tense >To learn everything about the differences between the present simple and present continuous. Note, this course does not teach the forms of the tenses, only the differences between the tenses.
  • The Basic Present > To learn everything about the present continuous tense and the present simple tense together.

The correct sentence is: We didn’t go to the supermarket.

Level: Elementary

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Pre-Intermediate

The correct sentence is: Fish. This word is exactly the same in the singular and plural forms.

Level: Pre-Intermediate

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The correct answer is: Sugar is an uncountable noun, so requires the quantifier “a little”.

Level: Pre-Intermediate

Course Recommendations:

  • Countable and Uncountable Quantifiers > To learn how to use the quantifiers a, a few, a great deal of, a large number of, a little, a lot of, an, a number of, any, lots of, many, much, no, none, plenty of and several correctly.

The correct sentence is: I needed a pen all morning.

Level: Pre-Intermediate

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The correct difference is: “I did my homework when he arrived home” means I start doing my homework at the same time as he arrives home. “I was doing my homework when he arrived home” means I started my homework, then he arrives home after.

Level: Pre-Intermediate

Course Recommendations:

  • Past Simple v Past Continuous Tense > To learn everything about the differences between the past simple and past continuous. Note, this course does not teach the forms of the tenses, only the differences between the tenses.
  • The Basic Past > To learn everything about the past continuous tense and the past simple tense together.

The correct answer is: Tried

Level: Pre-Intermediate

Course Recommendations:

  • Past Participle > Learn how to form the past participle for any regular verb in English as well as the most common irregular verbs.

The correct answer is: “I’m teacher” is incorrect. When we talk about our jobs, we always need the indefinite article before it.

Level: Pre-Intermediate

Course Recommendations:

  • Articles > Learn about the use of the definite article, indefinite articles and zero article as well as their correct pronunciation.
  • Articles Pronunciation> Learn the correct pronunciation of the articles a, an, some and the.
  • All Things Articles > Learn everything about the indefinite articles, the definite article and the zero article grammar as well as pronunciation. This course also looks at the key exception words with articles. It’s a comprehensive guide to all things articles.

The correct difference is: “He has gone to France” means the man is in France at the time of speaking. “He has been to France” means the the man was in France in the past, but now he is not in France.

Level: Pre-Intermediate

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The correct sentence is: I have only been studying English for a few years.

Level: Pre-Intermediate

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The correct sentence is: I have known my best friend all my life.

Level: Pre-Intermediate

Course Recommendations:

  • Present Perfect v Present Perfect Continuous Tense > To learn everything about the differences between the present perfect and present perfect continuous. Note, this course does not teach the forms of the tenses, only the differences between the tenses.
  • The Advanced Present > To learn everything about the present perfect tense and the present perfect continuous tense together.
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Intermediate

The correct sentence is: The dog had bitten her when I arrived. This is how we form the past perfect tense. 

Level: Intermediate

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The correct answer is: “The committee agrees” means that every single member of the committee agrees. “The committee agree” means that only a majority of the committee agrees, not every single member of the committee.

Level: Intermediate

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  • Collective Nouns > To learn everything about collective nouns including their use, form and pronunciation.

The correct difference is: “I’m studying to become a doctor” emphasises the action (becoming a doctor). “I have been studying to become a doctor” emphasises the length of time this action has happened.

Level: Intermediate

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Intermediate Plus

The correct sentence is: I had known her for a long time before she passed away. The verb “to know” is a stative verb so it cannot be used in the past perfect continuous tense. 

Level: Intermediate Plus

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The correct sentence is:They had started the film before I got home.

Level: Intermediate Plus

Course Recommendations:

  • Past Perfect v Past Perfect Continuous Tense >  To learn everything about the differences between the past perfect and past perfect continuous. Note, this course does not teach the forms of the tenses, only the differences between the tenses.
  • The Advanced Past > To learn everything about the past perfect tense and the past perfect continuous tense together.

The correct answer is: When saying “I’m in hospital”, this means as a patient. When saying “I’m in the hospital”, it means, you’re visiting or working there.

Level: Intermediate Plus

Course Recommendations:

  • Comparing Articles > To learn everything about how articles work with the exception words earth, space, school, prison, jail, hospital, university, college, church and bed.
  • Articles Pronunciation> Learn the correct pronunciation of the articles a, an, some and the.
  • All Things Articles > Learn everything about the indefinite articles, the definite article and the zero article grammar as well as pronunciation. This course also looks at the key exception words with articles. It’s a comprehensive guide to all things articles.
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Upper Intermediate

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Advanced

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