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Anna Grammar

Using Past Tense for the Present
It isn't often that Anna uses the phrase "vestiges of the subjunctive", but she does in this answer to why we use the past tense in sentences like "I think it is about time we left," and "Isn't it about time you did your homework?"
Intermediate
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Worksheet - Present Continuous - Elementary
Anna has put information and exercises about the Present Continuous in this worksheet for Elementary students.
Elementary
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Making/Taking A Decision
What is the difference between: "make a decision" and "take a decision" and when should we use them? - Bola, Germany
Intermediate
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Finished?
What's the difference between "are you finished" and "have you finished"? - Eva from France
Intermediate
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Worksheet - Present Continuous: Spelling
Anna Grammar gives a quick guide to spelling Present Continuous verbs. A worksheet for Elementary students.
Elementary
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When and While
Can you tell me how to explain the difference in meaning of 'when' and 'while'. It seems that often we can use either one.
Intermediate
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Give me and Give to me
"Give me the book," and "Give the book to me," are both correct. What other verbs can be used in both these ways - with a 'to' and without?
Intermediate
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Present tense for the future
a. We won't have to share the apple pie.
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b. We won't have to be sharing the apple pie.
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a. When are you having exams?
b. When do you have exams?
Intermediate
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Worked/Been Working
"I've worked here for a year." "I've been working here for a year." If there some differences, what are they? What are the clues to note to distinguish one from the other?
Intermediate
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Calling a person 'it'
Wolfie answers a question about why we sometimes call a person 'it'.
Intermediate
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'No Better Than' and 'Not Better Than'
"Please comment on the differences between 'no better than' and 'not better than'."
Intermediate
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Worksheet - Question Words - Elementary
Anna talks about Question Words for the Elementary level - with an exercise.
Elementary
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Vocabulary - Very
Is VERY both an adjective and an adverb?
Intermediate
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'Yes/No' Questions - Elementary Worksheet
An Anna Grammar Worksheet.
Elementary
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Stative Verbs - An Exception
Most stative verbs are pretty rigid in their usage, but with some of them, it is possible to express a temporary situation. One of these is "love".
Intermediate
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Habit and the Present Continuous
"Anna,"I don't sell houses" is perfectly acceptable. Why can't we say, "I don't sell my house", but require a modifier such as "I don't want to sell my house"? Oh yoiks. I am sure there is a simple explanation but it eludes me!"
Intermediate
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'Except' and commas
Question: I just read your explanation on the use of except. Could you tell me which of these is correct?
- All of them except Lisa were asleep.
- All of them were asleep except Lisa.
Intermediate
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Are 'almost' and 'nearly' the same?
Well, Anna's answer is, 'yes, almost', but you better have a look to make sure!
Intermediate
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A Couple of TOEIC Questions
Anna answers a couple of questions from Japan about the TOEIC test.
Intermediate
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Worksheet - Questions - Intermediate
Anna shows us a drawing of Wolfie, and tells us a little about questions for Intermediate students!
Intermediate
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*Anna Grammar* - Present Simple - Elementary
Another Anna Grammar Worksheet, this one about the present simple for Elementary students.
Elementary
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'Must, Mustn't and Didn't Have To' - Worksheet
Anna presents a worksheet about must, mustn't and didn't have to. You must have a look: Wolfie is quoted!
Intermediate
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"May, Might and Could" - Worksheet
This might be an Anna Grammar worksheet about may, might and could.
Intermediate
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"Adverbs of Frequency" - Worksheet
Anna Grammar on words like always, usually, often, sometimes, hardly ever and never.
Worksheet for Upper-Intermediate students
Upper-Intermediate
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Anna Grammar Worksheet - Quantifiers (Int)
Anna looks at a lot of Quantifiers for Intermediate students! She also presents an exercise based on an article about a lost engagement ring that is threatening endangered squirrels!
Intermediate
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Worksheet - The Future - Intermediate
This is an Intermediate Level Anna Grammar Worksheet covering ways we use Future language and tenses.
Intermediate
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Worksheet - The Future - Revision
Anna presents a worksheet that quickly revises 'future' language. Click on the PDF symbol for the PDF layout of this two-page worksheet.
Upper-Intermediate
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Anna Grammar Worksheet - Conditionals
In this worksheet, Anna gives some rules for conditionals.
Intermediate
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Anna Grammar Worksheet - Habits
This worksheet looks at some ways of talking about habits.
Intermediate
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Anna Worksheet - Present Perfect
This Anna Grammar Worksheet presents the Present Perfect for Upper-Intermediate students. Click the PDF symbol for the PDF version!
Upper-Intermediate
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That's a Cliche
Sport and clichés go together! Anna talks about whether clichés should be stamped out!
Intermediate
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"Already" and "Yet"
Could you tell me what the difference in meaning is between already and yet in a positive sentence or question?
Intermediate
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Prepositions: 'knock at' and 'knock on'
What is the difference between 'knock at' and 'knock on'?
Intermediate
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Prepositions - 'die of' and 'die for'
Is there a way of knowing when the verb "die" is followed by "for" and when by "of"?
Intermediate
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British vs American - "Fall" and "Autumn"
A rose by any other name... Is 'Fall' as poetic as "Autumn'? A debate!!
Intermediate
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Vocabulary - "Though" and "Although"
Could you kindly help me: What's the difference between "though" and "although"?
Intermediate
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Pronouncing "i"
Any rules to pronounce the first "i" in the words "identity" and "ignition"?
Intermediate
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Teaching the verb 'to be'
Help! I need some English grammar lessons to teach the verb 'to be'.
Intermediate
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Pattern Drills - Advanced
Would you please give me some suggestions as to how to teach advanced English grammar, especially how to guide students to do the exercises?
Intermediate
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Conditional - 'were' and 'was'
Can you please tell me why we use 'were' instead of 'was' but just for the conditional tense?
Intermediate
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Word Use - "like", "as" and "how"
Anna explains about the use of words "like", "as" and "how".
Intermediate
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Negatives - "Too" "Also"
I learned in grammar books that in negative sentences it is not correct to use "too" or "also". Instead of these words you must take the word "either". Now I have come across negative sentences with "also" in several authentic English texts. Can you give me the exact rules?
Intermediate
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Pronouns - 'You and I/me'
A question from New York: I have heard people say, "Tom and me" , but I was taught it should be "Tom and I". Which is correct?
Intermediate
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A Short Lesson on The Passive
This week Anna answers a question from one of her own students! - About the Passive.
Upper-Intermediate
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Some "If" Clauses
"I need to explain why - "If it didn't rain, I would have played tennis" - is wrong." Updated with a P.S.!
Intermediate
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"Do" and "Does... do"
Can you tell me a way to present all the various uses of the word "do"?
Intermediate
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"I like -ing" and "I like to"
Is there any truth in the distinction between 'I like to read' and 'I like reading'?
Intermediate
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Structure en "OF"
What's wrong with, "the dog of my mother"?
Intermediate
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Using "of" and "from" correctly
"I am a teacher from Austria, and many of my students (intermediate and above) have problems using "of" and "from" correctly - both of them are "von" in German."
Intermediate
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Structure Drills and Pattern Drills
Dear Anna, Please tell us more about the usefulness of Pattern Drills.
Intermediate
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