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Practical English - Intermediate

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  1. Unit 1 - The World is Yours
    Can I Ask You a Question?
    3 Quizzes
  2. Eight Vital Tenses
    2 Quizzes
  3. Forming All Types of Sentences
    3 Quizzes
  4. Making Conversation
    3 Quizzes
  5. Small Talk, Big Talk
    4 Quizzes
  6. Playing with Words
    4 Quizzes
  7. Everyday Vocabulary
    2 Quizzes
  8. Skills - Unit 1
    4 Quizzes
  9. Unit 2 - A Few of My Favourite Things
    What Makes Me Happy...
    2 Quizzes
  10. No Time Like the Present
    2 Quizzes
  11. I love what I do!
    3 Quizzes
  12. My job, my passion
    3 Quizzes
  13. My favourite activities
    3 Quizzes
  14. More than a number
  15. Skills - Unit 2
    7 Quizzes
  16. Unit 3 - Story Time
    Mastering the past
    3 Quizzes
  17. Androcles and the lion
    3 Quizzes
  18. My busy schedule
    3 Quizzes
  19. One Artist, One Passion
    4 Quizzes
  20. Talking about the media you love
    3 Quizzes
  21. Skills - Unit 3
    8 Quizzes

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Forming All Types of Sentences

In this lesson we’re looking at forming sentences in English.

In this lesson we’re going to look at how to form any type of sentence using any tense. Just follow these basic rules, and you’re sure to get the form correct each time.

Have fun with the lesson, and don’t forget to try the quizzes.

– James.

Lesson Contents

The basic rule

1 = Subject. 2 = Auxiliary. 3 = Verb.

  • Affirmative sentences:

1 (2) 3

I have seen this film.

Present simple and past simple affirmative sentences do not need auxiliaries.

  • Negative sentences:

1 2 not 3

We won’t arrive on time.

  • Interrogative sentences:

2 1 3

Did you see that?

Put the words in their correct order to form affirmative, negative or interrogative sentences.

Forming Present Perfect Continuous Sentences

Some tenses, like the PRESENT PERFECT CONTINUOUS, have two auxiliaries. Here is how we form sentences in this tense:

  • Affirmative sentences:

1 HAVE BEEN 3

She has been shopping.

  • Negative sentences:

1 HAVE not BEEN 3

They haven’t been working.

  • Interrogative sentences:

HAVE 1 BEEN 3

Has he been painting again?

Listen to the sentences and decide if they are correctly formed or not. Listen especially for the order of the words.

Read the sentences and complete them with a word.

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