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How to Form the Passive Voice in English

As you surely know already, all grammar topics are important and, in reality, they help you to learn languages better. The passive voice in English is a grammatical element that you cannot ignore because in many cases, you will use it to make your writing or speaking more formal.

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Some people may have catalogued the passive voice as a bad habit, but in reality, it is not only correct but also very useful. Continue reading this article to learn how to form the passive tense and how to use it properly.

What Is the Passive Voice? 

First things first. To be able to correctly use this grammatical form, you must know your verb tenses very well and you must also learn the structure of the passive voice in English.

The passive informs us about who receives the action of the verb. We use the passive voice when we focus on the action and who is receiving it. The person who is performing the action is usually either unimportant or unknown. For example, we could say: 

My house was robbed.

As you can see in the sentence above, we do not know who performed the action.

Active vs. Passive Voice

Switching from active voice to passive voice is relatively easy. When using the passive voice in English, you need to keep in mind that the object of the “active” sentence becomes the subject of the “passive” sentence. At the same time, the subject of the “active” sentence becomes the object in the “passive” sentence, or is not mentioned. Here is an example:

Someone robbed my house.
(In this sentence, “someone” is the subject and “house” is the object.) 

My house was robbed.
(In this sentence, “house” has become the subject. As it is not relevant, “someone” disappears.)

You can add a prepositional phrase if you consider it necessary. Sometimes in the passive voice, it is still necessary to establish who is responsible for the action. Use a prepositional phrase to add this information, for example:

My house was robbed by Henry.

Passive Voice Examples

Let’s take a look at some examples of the passive voice in the different verb tenses. We have put the same sentence in active voice and passive voice so that you can see the changes that occur. Pay special attention to the use of the auxiliaries to have and to be in the passive voice.

Present Simple 

Active voice: 

John feeds the birds.

Passive voice: 

The birds are fed (by John).

Present Continuous 

Active voice:

John is feeding the birds.

Passive voice: 

The birds are being fed (by John).

Present Perfect 

Active voice: 

John has fed the birds.

Passive voice:

The birds have been fed (by John).

Past Simple 

Active voice: 

John fed the birds.

Passive voice: 

The birds were fed (by John).

Past Continuous 

Active voice: 

John was feeding the birds.

Passive voice: 

The birds were being fed (by John).

Future Simple 

Active voice: 

John will feed the birds.

Passive voice: 

The birds will be fed (by John).

Verb Tenses With No Passive Voice

Pay attention to these verb tenses. They cannot take the passive voice and must always remain active.

Present Perfect Continuous 

Active voice: 

John has been feeding the birds.

Past Perfect Continuous 

Active voice: 

John had been feeding the birds.

Future Continuous 

Active voice: 

John will be feeding the birds.

Future Perfect Continuous 

Active voice: 

John will have been feeding the birds.

Sentences with intransitive verbs also cannot use the passive voice because they have no object. 

The vase fell to the ground.

The weather was wonderful.

Passive Voice Exercises

“Practice makes perfect,” says the popular saying. So, if you want to master this grammar topic, here are some exercises that will allow you to practice the passive voice in English and become an expert.

One of the classic ways of learning the passive voice is to transform sentences from the active voice to the passive voice. It may seem a bit monotonous to you, but it will definitely help you master this so that you can do it with your eyes closed!

Another way of practising the passive voice in English it to take a story or a fairytale and read it out loud to practice your pronunciation, while also transforming the sentences from the active voice to the passive voice.

Now you have all the elements you need to master the passive voice in English. If you are interested in mastering English grammar, try the online course from ABA English. This course offers you 144 free video classes and the same number of short films that will help you learn the necessary grammar and language skills in an entertaining and effective way.

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The First Conditional

If you have come to this article, you are probably looking to expand or improve your knowledge of grammar. In reality, this is a great idea because in many cases, learning English grammar is essential to be able to express yourself properly.

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One grammar topic that is challenging for English learners is definitely the conditional. In essence, conditional sentences in English serve to describe the outcome of something that could have happened in the past or could happen in the future. In this article, we will explain the structure and uses of the first conditional.

The Structure of the First Conditional in English

One of the first things to learn is how to use the first conditional in English. It is used to talk about things that could happen in the future. While we cannot predict the future, we can imagine how things could turn out.

The first conditional in English is formed with the present simple after “if” while the second clause uses the future simple.

The affirmative structure is:

If + present simple, will + verb (in infinitive). 

The negative structure is:

If + do/does not + present simple, will + verb (in infinitive). 

The interrogative structure is:

Interrogative + will + verb (in infinitive) + if + present simple?

Check out these examples of the English first conditional, in affirmative, negative, and interrogative:

If I go to bed late, I will get up very late.

If I do not go to bed late, I will get up early.

What will you do if you go to bed late?

The Differences Between the First, Second and Third Conditional

As you know, the first conditional is not the only conditional used in English. To make sure that you understand them, it is a good idea to establish the difference first/second/third conditional in English.

As we have already explained, the first conditional describes things that could happen in the future. The second conditional in English describes things that we doubt will happen. Actually, it is quite subjective because it depends on how we see things.

For example, a sentence in the first conditional would be:

If Henry works harder, he will pay off his debts sooner.

That is to say, it seems possible for him to work harder and that this will allow him to pay his debts more quickly.

On the other hand, the second conditional sentence would be:

If Henry worked harder, he would pay off his debts sooner.

This sentence implies that he will not work harder and, therefore, it is very unlikely that he will pay off his debts more quickly.

The third conditional is used to talk about a situation that did not happen in the past and imagines the result of that imaginary situation.

Keeping the same example as above, an example of a third conditional would be:

If Henry had worked harder, he would have paid off his debts sooner.

By this, we mean that Henry did not work hard in the past and so he did not pay off his debts quickly.

First Conditional Exercises

If you want to do some practice exercises for English conditional sentences, especially the first conditional, here are some ideas.

Knowing the grammatical structure is very important. For that reason, do not hesitate to do exercises that help you learn the grammar rules for the first conditional. Fill in the blank exercises are a very effective way to practice this skill.

If she _______ _________ free time (not have),

she ______________ to her boss. (complain)

Another way of doing practice exercises for the first conditional and the other conditionals is to make comparative sentences or to convert sentences from one conditional to another. It is important that you pay attention to the verb tenses as well as to the differences in meaning.

Finally, it is important to be creative and use your imagination to propose different types of situations when using the conditional and if in English. This will also ensure that you have fun while you learn.

Each English grammar topic has its own challenges, but they are not difficult to master if you are consistent and have a method of study that gives results according to your learning style. If you want quick and obvious results in your English proficiency, why not consider the online course from ABA English? This course offers 144 free video classes and the same number of short films that will allow you to learn grammar and communication skills from the first day.

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How to Write Dates in English

Today we are going to refresh our memory and focus on the days of the week, months, and dates. We will also look at ordinal numbers, which are very useful to know when writing the date in English.

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There are some elements that you should keep in mind when it comes to writing the date and its various possible formats. In many cases, the format depends on the country in which you are located. ABA English will explain everything you need to know in this article.

Writing Dates in English

What we should be aware of when noting the days of the week is that, in English, they are ALWAYS CAPITALISED. That goes for months of the year, too.

For example:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
  • January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, and December

In English, you will probably notice that some calendars start with Sunday instead of Monday, depending on the place, but it is important to note that both varieties are accepted.

How to Correctly Write the Date

Do you know how to write the date correctly in English? In English, it is important to remember that the date can be written in two ways and both are acceptable.

Example:

  • Day/month/year. For example, 1/2/16 which refers to 1 February 2016.
  • Month/day/year. For example, 2/1/16 which also refers to 1 February 2016.

In other words, you have to be careful when you see dates like these written down as they could actually be interpreted differently depending on the country you are in.

Proper Date Format

Knowing how to express both the date and time in English is very important. The day/month format is known as the “British” format. This is the same as the general European format and is often used in other English-speaking countries like New Zealand and Australia.

The month/day format, which portrays the month first, is referred to as the “American” format. It is used 100% of the time in the United States and is also very prominent in Canada. By following these simple rules, you already know how to write the date in English.

Writing Dates

Ordinal numbers are used in English to show position, ranking or order of numbers in relation to other numbers in a sequence, NOT quantity. These numbers are often used to write dates. Take a look at this example of how the date is written in a letter in English:

September 17th, 2018

Ways to Write the Date

As you can see, in the previous example, ordinal numbers were used. Every number has a corresponding ordinal number which ends in one of the following suffixes: –st-nd-rd, and -th.

The first three suffixes (-st, -nd, and -rd) correspond to the first three numbers, that is 1, 2, and 3. They are also applied to any numbers that end in any of these three digits (except for 11, 12, and 13, which are irregular).

Example:

  • One (1) = First
  • Two (2) = Second
  • Three (3) = Third
  • Twenty-one (21) = Twenty-first
  • Fifty-two (52) = Fifty-second
  • Seventy-three (73) = Seventy-third

These can also be written in a different more abbreviated format with the number itself and the corresponding suffix.

Example:

  • One (1) = 1st
  • Two (2) = 2nd
  • Three (3) = 3rd
  • Twenty-one (21) = 21st
  • Fifty-two (52) = 52nd
  • Seventy-three (73) = 73rd

With the remaining numbers, we always use the suffix -th.

Example:

  • Four (4) = Fourth or 4th
  • Twenty-six (26) = Twenty-sixth or 26th

And do not forget the three exceptions to the rule that we mentioned earlier:

  • Eleven (11) = Eleventh or 11th
  • Twelve (12) = Twelfth or 12th
  • Thirteen (13) = Thirteenth or 13th

Once you memorize these simple rules, it will be very easy to remember how the proper date format in English.

As explained, these are the main rules you must remember in order to use days, months, dates and ordinal numbers correctly. If you want to continue receiving useful tips, take a look at Unit 10 in the ABA English course, “The Question“.

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The Relative Clause in English

You have definitely heard about the famous relative clause or relative sentences in English. Perhaps it has seemed like a somewhat difficult topic for you up to now. However, we are here to tell you that it is not.

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This is a part of English grammar that you need to learn well because like many others because it will add variety and cohesion what you say. Using the relative clauses in English will show others that your level in the language is improving. Keep reading to find out how these clauses are formed and what they are used for.

Relative Clause Definition

As is the case in other languages, relative clauses and relative sentences in English have the function of adding relatively important information about the subject or object of the sentence. They are usually placed immediately after the noun to which they refer and are introduced by a relative pronoun or a relative adverb.

Relative pronouns serve to refer back to something that has already been mentioned in the sentence. The relative pronouns in English are: who, whom, which, whose, and that.

What Is a Relative Clause?

In English, there are two types of relative clauses: the restrictive relative clause and the nonrestrictive (or incidental) relative clause. Let’s take a look at the differences between them.

Restrictive Relative Clauses

Restrictive relative clauses provide indispensable information to identify the subject or the object of a sentence. Without this clause, the meaning of the sentence changes completely.

The restrictive clause comes immediately after the subject or object of the sentence. It is never separated from the other elements by punctuation.

The relative pronouns that introduce the restrictive clauses are as follows:

  • Relative clause of the subject
    Person: who, that
    Thing: which, that

    The man who is talking to Anne is my math teacher.
    The book which was published last year would be perfect for your exam. 
  • Relative clause of the object
    Person: who, whom, that
    Thing: which, that

    The girl who you met this morning is my cousin.
    The book which I am reading is absolutely wonderful. 
  • Possessive relative clause
    whose

    I have a friend whose dog won a prize in a competition.

When the subject of the relative clause is the object of the sentence, the relative pronoun may be omitted in spoken English.

She is the girl he was talking about.

This is the skirt I bought last week.

In informal English, we tend to prefer the relative pronoun that.

I am going to deliver the talk that I have prepared for the occasion.

This is the flat that I would like to buy.

Nonrestrictive Relative Clauses

Nonrestrictive relative clauses provide additional information about the subject or object of the sentence that is not essential to identify them and that does not change the meaning of the sentence. It comes immediately after the word to which it refers and is always secondary, that is, separated from the rest of the sentence by commas.

The relative pronouns that introduce nonrestrictive relative clauses are as follows:

  • Relative clause of the subject
    Person: who
    Thing: which

    Mary, who was my classmate, graduated last year. 
  • Relative clause of the object
    Person: who, whom
    Thing: which

    Doctor Smith, who I consider to be a very professional person, is retired now. 
  • Possessive relative clause
    whose

    Judy, whose children are still going to school, is a young and dynamic lady.
Relative Clause Examples

Unlike the restrictive clause, in the nonrestrictive clause, the relative pronoun must always be expressed. Also, in the nonrestrictive clause, it is not possible to use the relative pronoun that.

But the most obvious difference is in the meaning. In fact, while they can sometimes look very similar, the meaning changes. In this case, the only way to identify them is through the absence or presence of commas. Remember: restrictive relative clauses never have commas while nonrestrictive clauses are always secondary.

Restrictive Nonrestrictive
Dario’s sister who works at the GP is named Gloria. Dario’s sister, who works at the GP, is named Gloria.
Dario has more than one sister. The relative clause is restrictive because it is essential to understand which sister is being talked about. Dario only has one sister. The relative clause is not restrictive since it is not essential to understand which sister is being talked about.

In general, relative clauses in English are much simpler than they seem at the beginning. If you think it is important to learn a language correctly and not to just make yourself understood, you are not the only one. ABA English currently has more than 17 million students who have chosen to improve their English through our natural and effective method. We offer you 144 free video classes and the same number of short films to help you learn English quickly and effortlessly. What are you waiting for?

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How to Form the Passive Voice in English

As you surely know already, all grammar topics are important and, in reality, they help you to learn languages better. The passive voice in English is a grammatical element that you cannot ignore because in many cases, you will use it to make your writing or speaking more formal.

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Some people may have catalogued the passive voice as a bad habit, but in reality, it is not only correct but also very useful. Continue reading this article to learn how to form the passive tense and how to use it properly.

What Is the Passive Voice? 

First things first. To be able to correctly use this grammatical form, you must know your verb tenses very well and you must also learn the structure of the passive voice in English.

The passive informs us about who receives the action of the verb. We use the passive voice when we focus on the action and who is receiving it. The person who is performing the action is usually either unimportant or unknown. For example, we could say: 

My house was robbed.

As you can see in the sentence above, we do not know who performed the action.

Active vs. Passive Voice

Switching from active voice to passive voice is relatively easy. When using the passive voice in English, you need to keep in mind that the object of the “active” sentence becomes the subject of the “passive” sentence. At the same time, the subject of the “active” sentence becomes the object in the “passive” sentence, or is not mentioned. Here is an example:

Someone robbed my house.
(In this sentence, “someone” is the subject and “house” is the object.) 

My house was robbed.
(In this sentence, “house” has become the subject. As it is not relevant, “someone” disappears.)

You can add a prepositional phrase if you consider it necessary. Sometimes in the passive voice, it is still necessary to establish who is responsible for the action. Use a prepositional phrase to add this information, for example:

My house was robbed by Henry.

Passive Voice Examples

Let’s take a look at some examples of the passive voice in the different verb tenses. We have put the same sentence in active voice and passive voice so that you can see the changes that occur. Pay special attention to the use of the auxiliaries to have and to be in the passive voice.

Present Simple 

Active voice: 

John feeds the birds.

Passive voice: 

The birds are fed (by John).

Present Continuous 

Active voice:

John is feeding the birds.

Passive voice: 

The birds are being fed (by John).

Present Perfect 

Active voice: 

John has fed the birds.

Passive voice:

The birds have been fed (by John).

Past Simple 

Active voice: 

John fed the birds.

Passive voice: 

The birds were fed (by John).

Past Continuous 

Active voice: 

John was feeding the birds.

Passive voice: 

The birds were being fed (by John).

Future Simple 

Active voice: 

John will feed the birds.

Passive voice: 

The birds will be fed (by John).

Verb Tenses With No Passive Voice

Pay attention to these verb tenses. They cannot take the passive voice and must always remain active.

Present Perfect Continuous 

Active voice: 

John has been feeding the birds.

Past Perfect Continuous 

Active voice: 

John had been feeding the birds.

Future Continuous 

Active voice: 

John will be feeding the birds.

Future Perfect Continuous 

Active voice: 

John will have been feeding the birds.

Sentences with intransitive verbs also cannot use the passive voice because they have no object. 

The vase fell to the ground.

The weather was wonderful.

Passive Voice Exercises

“Practice makes perfect,” says the popular saying. So, if you want to master this grammar topic, here are some exercises that will allow you to practice the passive voice in English and become an expert.

One of the classic ways of learning the passive voice is to transform sentences from the active voice to the passive voice. It may seem a bit monotonous to you, but it will definitely help you master this so that you can do it with your eyes closed!

Another way of practising the passive voice in English it to take a story or a fairytale and read it out loud to practice your pronunciation, while also transforming the sentences from the active voice to the passive voice.

Now you have all the elements you need to master the passive voice in English. If you are interested in mastering English grammar, try the online course from ABA English. This course offers you 144 free video classes and the same number of short films that will help you learn the necessary grammar and language skills in an entertaining and effective way.

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The First Conditional

If you have come to this article, you are probably looking to expand or improve your knowledge of grammar. In reality, this is a great idea because in many cases, learning English grammar is essential to be able to express yourself properly.

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One grammar topic that is challenging for English learners is definitely the conditional. In essence, conditional sentences in English serve to describe the outcome of something that could have happened in the past or could happen in the future. In this article, we will explain the structure and uses of the first conditional.

The Structure of the First Conditional in English

One of the first things to learn is how to use the first conditional in English. It is used to talk about things that could happen in the future. While we cannot predict the future, we can imagine how things could turn out.

The first conditional in English is formed with the present simple after “if” while the second clause uses the future simple.

The affirmative structure is:

If + present simple, will + verb (in infinitive). 

The negative structure is:

If + do/does not + present simple, will + verb (in infinitive). 

The interrogative structure is:

Interrogative + will + verb (in infinitive) + if + present simple?

Check out these examples of the English first conditional, in affirmative, negative, and interrogative:

If I go to bed late, I will get up very late.

If I do not go to bed late, I will get up early.

What will you do if you go to bed late?

The Differences Between the First, Second and Third Conditional

As you know, the first conditional is not the only conditional used in English. To make sure that you understand them, it is a good idea to establish the difference first/second/third conditional in English.

As we have already explained, the first conditional describes things that could happen in the future. The second conditional in English describes things that we doubt will happen. Actually, it is quite subjective because it depends on how we see things.

For example, a sentence in the first conditional would be:

If Henry works harder, he will pay off his debts sooner.

That is to say, it seems possible for him to work harder and that this will allow him to pay his debts more quickly.

On the other hand, the second conditional sentence would be:

If Henry worked harder, he would pay off his debts sooner.

This sentence implies that he will not work harder and, therefore, it is very unlikely that he will pay off his debts more quickly.

The third conditional is used to talk about a situation that did not happen in the past and imagines the result of that imaginary situation.

Keeping the same example as above, an example of a third conditional would be:

If Henry had worked harder, he would have paid off his debts sooner.

By this, we mean that Henry did not work hard in the past and so he did not pay off his debts quickly.

First Conditional Exercises

If you want to do some practice exercises for English conditional sentences, especially the first conditional, here are some ideas.

Knowing the grammatical structure is very important. For that reason, do not hesitate to do exercises that help you learn the grammar rules for the first conditional. Fill in the blank exercises are a very effective way to practice this skill.

If she _______ _________ free time (not have),

she ______________ to her boss. (complain)

Another way of doing practice exercises for the first conditional and the other conditionals is to make comparative sentences or to convert sentences from one conditional to another. It is important that you pay attention to the verb tenses as well as to the differences in meaning.

Finally, it is important to be creative and use your imagination to propose different types of situations when using the conditional and if in English. This will also ensure that you have fun while you learn.

Each English grammar topic has its own challenges, but they are not difficult to master if you are consistent and have a method of study that gives results according to your learning style. If you want quick and obvious results in your English proficiency, why not consider the online course from ABA English? This course offers 144 free video classes and the same number of short films that will allow you to learn grammar and communication skills from the first day.

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How to Write Dates in English

Today we are going to refresh our memory and focus on the days of the week, months, and dates. We will also look at ordinal numbers, which are very useful to know when writing the date in English.

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There are some elements that you should keep in mind when it comes to writing the date and its various possible formats. In many cases, the format depends on the country in which you are located. ABA English will explain everything you need to know in this article.

Writing Dates in English

What we should be aware of when noting the days of the week is that, in English, they are ALWAYS CAPITALISED. That goes for months of the year, too.

For example:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
  • January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, and December

In English, you will probably notice that some calendars start with Sunday instead of Monday, depending on the place, but it is important to note that both varieties are accepted.

How to Correctly Write the Date

Do you know how to write the date correctly in English? In English, it is important to remember that the date can be written in two ways and both are acceptable.

Example:

  • Day/month/year. For example, 1/2/16 which refers to 1 February 2016.
  • Month/day/year. For example, 2/1/16 which also refers to 1 February 2016.

In other words, you have to be careful when you see dates like these written down as they could actually be interpreted differently depending on the country you are in.

Proper Date Format

Knowing how to express both the date and time in English is very important. The day/month format is known as the “British” format. This is the same as the general European format and is often used in other English-speaking countries like New Zealand and Australia.

The month/day format, which portrays the month first, is referred to as the “American” format. It is used 100% of the time in the United States and is also very prominent in Canada. By following these simple rules, you already know how to write the date in English.

Writing Dates

Ordinal numbers are used in English to show position, ranking or order of numbers in relation to other numbers in a sequence, NOT quantity. These numbers are often used to write dates. Take a look at this example of how the date is written in a letter in English:

September 17th, 2018

Ways to Write the Date

As you can see, in the previous example, ordinal numbers were used. Every number has a corresponding ordinal number which ends in one of the following suffixes: –st-nd-rd, and -th.

The first three suffixes (-st, -nd, and -rd) correspond to the first three numbers, that is 1, 2, and 3. They are also applied to any numbers that end in any of these three digits (except for 11, 12, and 13, which are irregular).

Example:

  • One (1) = First
  • Two (2) = Second
  • Three (3) = Third
  • Twenty-one (21) = Twenty-first
  • Fifty-two (52) = Fifty-second
  • Seventy-three (73) = Seventy-third

These can also be written in a different more abbreviated format with the number itself and the corresponding suffix.

Example:

  • One (1) = 1st
  • Two (2) = 2nd
  • Three (3) = 3rd
  • Twenty-one (21) = 21st
  • Fifty-two (52) = 52nd
  • Seventy-three (73) = 73rd

With the remaining numbers, we always use the suffix -th.

Example:

  • Four (4) = Fourth or 4th
  • Twenty-six (26) = Twenty-sixth or 26th

And do not forget the three exceptions to the rule that we mentioned earlier:

  • Eleven (11) = Eleventh or 11th
  • Twelve (12) = Twelfth or 12th
  • Thirteen (13) = Thirteenth or 13th

Once you memorize these simple rules, it will be very easy to remember how the proper date format in English.

As explained, these are the main rules you must remember in order to use days, months, dates and ordinal numbers correctly. If you want to continue receiving useful tips, take a look at Unit 10 in the ABA English course, “The Question“.

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As you have probably already noticed, nowadays, speaking English today is not considered a luxury, but rather a requirement. It is practically taken for granted that English will be needed both in the workplace and in the academic world. It is perhaps for this reason that thousands of people seek effective ways to learn English.

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If you are reading this article, it is because you are probably looking for some ideas or tips about learning English online. You have come to just the right place! Here we will give you six tips on how to study English online without dying in the effort. Are you ready? Then pay close attention to each section of this article!

1. Find out what your English level is.

Perhaps you will say that you really know very little English. Or if you have already taken some English courses, you may think that you already have some knowledge and that you should not start from scratch. Good! The first step towards starting to study English online is to take a placement test. Maybe you are wondering and what they are and where you can find one? A placement test is an assessment that establishes your level of knowledge and command of English and can tell you, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, what level you are at. There are many free options on the internet. You just have to do a search and choose the one that seems best.

The results of taking a placement test are very useful because you can take a course, do exercises, or look for learning materials that are just at your level so that you can move forward without repeating what you already know.

2. Learn the grammar.

Perhaps grammar is one of the aspects of the language that is of most concern to English learners. While it is very important, it is not the only thing that you should pay attention to because knowing the rules of a language does not guarantee that you can express yourself properly.

Depending on your level, you can search for information and exercises for certain grammar topics on the internet but you must then go on to practise your communication skills as well. It will be the best way to put into practise the rules that you are learning.

3. Practise reading and listening.

One excellent way to learn English online is through daily immersion in the language. Currently, thanks to the internet, listening to the news, a podcast, a video, or reading the newspaper or an article that interests you is very easy. Everything is within your reach.

So, if you want to see that your level of understanding is improving in both reading and listening, there is no better method than exposing yourself to the language every day. On the BBC website as well as on the Voice of America, you will find readings and audios about news and current affairs that have been created especially for those who are learning English. So do not miss out on them as they are both great resources.

4. Write and speak as often as possible.

After reading the title of this section, you may wonder how you can manage to speak and write in English if you live in a place where there are limited opportunities to use English. Well, the internet comes to your rescue yet again!

If you are interested in practising English with native speakers, there are many language exchange sites, both written and spoken. This is the modern version of a custom that has already been around for very many years old. You simply need to sign up on a pen pals page and you can begin to practise. You will usually need to come to an agreement with your online friend, as they will also want to practise your native language with you.

5. Spend 10 minutes per day on vocabulary.

Vocabulary is also very important because it is what allows you to adequately express what you need and the way that you want it. That is why it is important to set aside 10 minutes per day for learning vocabulary. To do so, you can download some specific vocabulary learning applications. Remember, it is better to learn a few words a day and not forget them rather than to learn a lot all at once and then forget most.

6. Take an online English course.

Finally, if you are interested in studying a certificate online or want to study in a more consistent and organised way, then you can consider taking an online English course. The range of choices that you will find on the internet is quite large and you may get confused because each course offers different methodologies and resources.

To choose a good course, it is important that you choose the methodology that best suits your learning style. Also, do not forget to consider the cost as well as the benefits that you will get for what you pay. To do so, you can consult the comments of those who have already taken the course, because there is no one better able to tell you about the course and their experience with it.

If you want to learn English effectively and achieve a good command of the language, why not try our online English course? ABA English offers you an English course with certificates and proven effectiveness. It includes 144 free video classes and the same number of short films which have been designed to allow you to learn the language naturally and immersively so that you can see results from the very first lesson.

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Learning a language is exciting and challenging. For many, the exercise of translating from or into their mother tongue is a useful tool to help understand the meaning and to learn the language as well. However, even though this translation practice may be valid and is also considered a method of learning English, it is not without its difficulties. In many cases, things will not be said the same way in English as in your mother tongue.

Is it people is or people are in English? @abaenglish will clear up your doubts once and for all!
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If you have always had doubts about the correct conjugation of the verb to be with the noun people, maybe it is because you immediately translate it applying the conjugation rules of your native language. Since we know that this is a very common question for those who are learning English, in this article, we have decided to explain all of the necessary elements so that you no longer have any doubts. So, is it people is or people are? Let’s take a look!

Person, persons or people?

To understand in what contexts and how to correctly use the word people and to, therefore, know if it is accompanied by is or are, we will first need to do a quick review of the use of the words person, persons, and people.

Person is a singular noun used to refer to any human being.

Diana is a very emotional person.

Even though it is the plural of person, persons, contrary to what you may imagine, is used very little because it is very formal and is mostly used in legal contexts.

Persons with a foreign passport must hold a visa.

Finally, people is also the plural of person but is the word used most used when referring to a group of people.

The manager interviewed several people for the position.

Now, is it people is or people are?

Now, based on what we explained above, it will be easier to understand why people will always be accompanied by are.

In the first place, it is important to remember that, in English, there is no singular noun that refers to a group of human beings.

So, if people in English are plural, the conjugation of the verb to be that corresponds is are. It is that easy! Do not make it any more complicated for yourself! Simply remember, people are.

People are always happy when Friday comes.

People are usually aware of the rules.

It is important that you remember this rule because it will be very useful not only in this case but also for the past. People were, never people was.

The people were happy because it was a long weekend.

English grammar can sometimes be challenging but with sufficient interest and attention, you can safely master all of the grammatical rules and their special cases. If you are interested in improving your English proficiency and becoming an expert in grammar, how about trying out the online English course from ABA English? This course offers 144 free video classes and the same number of short films that will allow you to learn in an entertaining, effective, and practical way. Learn the grammar, use the language in context, and gain the skills you need to communicate in English in your daily life.

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To learn a language, you definitely need the motivation and desire to start. You possibly already have a couple of days a week which you want to dedicate to studying English. We imagine that you have already started looking for methods, vocabulary books, audio files, and videos to help you with your new goal. Now, the only thing left is to decide where to learn English.

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There is so much information online and so many sites with comments so diverse that it can really be difficult to know which of them you will trust with your learning hours. You want to always have the best, but with so much out there, deciding between all of the different offers is not so easy. You may even think about leaving the decision for later. In this article, we will show you what options for studying English are available to you. Remember that it is important to make a good decision because this will make up part of the success of your learning. Let’s begin!

Three Criteria for Selection

Before choosing a specific place to study English, it is important that you take into account three particular criteria, in order to invest your time and resources well.

The first is the price. This is very important because you will definitely want to know approximately how much you will be asked to pay per month to keep your budget under control. On the other hand, you will want to obtain the best quality for the price you will be paying. In addition, you must take into consideration the cost of transportation, if you need to move out of your home to take the English course.

The second is the teaching method. Maybe you are not an expert in the teaching or learning of languages, but you do know which activities and materials help you learn. For example, if you are an aural and visual student, it is better to look for an English course in which these types of materials are used to facilitate your learning.

The third should be the time you want to invest. Just like the previous criteria, this is very important because it is necessary to establish how much time you want to invest in the course. To this, you must add the one the time you need for personal studies because this will help to cement the knowledge and acquire communicative skills.

Now, let’s look at the options you have available to study English.

1. Hire a private tutor.

Depending on your personal situation, this may be an attractive option. With a private teacher, you can learn everything from the most basic to the most complex. You can choose the best teaching and learning methods, schedules, and class times with them. In addition, you can decide if you want to invest a little more time on a specific topic and resolve any questions immediately.

As a personalised service, the price can be high, but this option offers flexibility and a tailor-made course.

2. Sign up for an English school.

You can also consider attending a course at a language school. In general, you can find a good selection of courses and schedules. This gives you the advantage of being able to choose the course that best suits you, after taking a placement test, of course.

The groups are usually small to allow for a good amount of interaction. In an English school, you will not be able to personalise your course, but the school will propose a learning method that will help you obtain results.

The price will depend on the type of school, the number of hours per week, and the schedule. Remember that in addition to paying for the course, you must consider the time and the price of transportation to the school.

3. Take courses at a university.

Most universities have a language school that offers English courses for both their students and outsiders. In this case, the number of students can be higher and you will have to be a little more independent in your learning. The advantage of these courses is that they will follow a good method and will offer many learning activities that will make sure you get results.

You should keep in mind that the schedules can be quite restricted, but the price can be more accessible than the previous two options. In general, universities ask you to pay for the whole semester before starting, so you should consider this aspect when budgeting.

4. Study English through apps.

If you do a simple search in the app store on your phone, you will see that there are applications, both free and paid, that promise to help you learn English. This is true, they can help you learn vocabulary, grammar, and communication skills. However, it is no secret that great results are rarely achieved through applications.

You can review a lot of vocabulary and grammatical structures using apps, which is valuable, but learning English is much more than that. In any case, these applications are a valuable resource that supports practising English and offer the advantage of allowing you to take advantage of any free time to learn or revise your English.

5. Study online.

Finally, this option is a very popular one nowadays. Thanks to the internet, we can all learn from anywhere. This offers great flexibility both in terms of location and schedule. On the internet, a vast number of courses are available, so you may find it difficult to choose.

Before opting for an online course, you must keep in mind that it is important to establish a study schedule and to respect it. The student’s autonomy and responsibility here is essential. As the course is always available, there is a risk that the student can postpone studying for many different reasons.

With online courses, it is important that you take into account the learning method that they propose and choose the one that seems best for you. Most courses offer you a trial version to help you make your decision.

If you are interested in experimenting with this last option, either because of timing issues, to avoid travel, or for its flexibility, then you should consider the online course from ABA English. This is an English academy that has developed a proven natural method in which its students learn English just as they learned their mother tongue. The course also offers 144 free video lessons and the same number of short films that will allow you to learn both grammar and communication skills in a fun, interactive way, at any time of the day and at your own pace.

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