Conditional sentences with modal verbs

We are going to look at conditional sentences using the modals “can”, “must”, “may” and “might”, instead of “will.” The conditional used with these modal verbs is usually the first conditional. Its purpose is to ...

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Nature idioms in English

Good morning everyone! So, as we all know, English is a rich language which is full of idiomatic expressions. These are sentences that have a specific meaning which cannot be translated literally to other languages. ...

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Introduction to sentence connectors

Sentence Connectors are a great way of improving your English. Why? Well, we use them to express relationships between ideas and to combine sentences. Today we are going to look at coordinating conjunctions. I just ...

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How to speak like a South African

Hello ABA friends! Have you heard about South Africa? No, not the south of Africa, South Africa, a country located at the very southern tip of the continent. Well, there are about 5 million people ...

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How to fit in at a British pub

Hey everyone! As you know, the British, like most nations, take their culture very seriously and a massive part of that is the pub culture. This is an integral part of British society as it ...

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5 Hidden American gems

What’s up? When we think about the United States, what tends to spring to mind? New York? Los Angeles? Las Vegas? Probably one of these or perhaps the Statue of Liberty or the Grand Canyon. ...

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Present perfect continuous

A very important tense used in English is the “present perfect continuous” tense. By now you should all know how to use the “present perfect” tense which was studied in unit 85 of the ABA ...

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Top 10 phrasal verbs with “take”

We all know and love phrasal verbs, don’t we? The only tricky thing for a non-native speaker is using them in the correct way and understanding their meanings. There are thousands of different phrasal verbs ...

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How to use “ever” and “how long”

Hello again ABA friends! Let’s look at two very common expressions in the English language: Ever How long Both these expressions are very important to learn and master, especially if you want to form question ...

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Eating out in English

Imagine the following situation: you’re on holiday and you feel like giving local fare a try. You choose a good restaurant, you open the menu and you unintentionally order something that wasn’t what you thought ...

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Apostrophes and Possessive Pronouns

This post originally appeared on the Magoosh TOEFL blog. Today we will look at the way apostrophes are used with possessive pronouns… or rather how they aren’t used, in most cases. For the most common ...

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