worksheets To Be and To Have

April 9, 2014 § Leave a comment

Not the greatest formatting, but easy, simple and helpful.

Verb ‘To Be’

‘To Be’ worksheet
Very simple gap fill exercise.

‘To Be’ gap fill worksheet
Another basic gap fill exercise using only the verb ‘to be’.

‘To Be’ worksheet
Gap fill exercise and question formation.

‘To Be’ Sentence Re-Ordering Exercise
Word re-ordering exercise concentrating on the verb ‘to be’ and its correct forms.

‘To Be’ Sentence Re-Ordering Exercise
Answer Sheet
Another re-ordering exercise concentrating on the verb ‘to be’.

“To Be” Question & Answer Match
Students match simple questions using “to be” with the corresponding answers.

‘To Be’ multiple choice
Simple multiple-choice exercise with students needing to choose between the different forms of the verb ‘to be’.

Have / Has

Have / Has Worksheet
Worksheet on the choice between ‘have’ and ‘has’.

“Have” Expressions Matching Worksheet
Answer Sheet
Matching worksheet to practice expressions with the verb ‘to have’.

Have Expressions – Short Answer Worksheet
Answer Sheet
Worksheet that focuses on short answers to sentences that contain expressions using the verb ‘to have’.

“Have” Expressions Re-Ordering Worksheet
Answer Sheet
Students put words into the correct order to make sentences, all which have expressions using ‘to have’ in them.


6feb class

February 9, 2014 § Leave a comment

Today we said goodbye to Ania and Alma.  They and Joanna are advancing to level 3.  Ania had brought a cake she baked. Incredible as always.  We chatted for some time.  Ania and Alma worked on reading a piece about Eng and Chang, the 19th century Siamese twins – with follow up questions.  They were waiting to take the placement tests.


Officially we did The Paragraph. (TP)  super simple to start:

“Today we are in class. We study English.  We have 2 new students, Guadalupe and Yesenia.  Guadalupe is from Mexico.  Yesenia is from Honduras.”

Verbs conjugated Simple Present, Past, Future: to Be, to Study and to Have
Then TP: past and future.  No person changes.  The concept of matching the noun to noun change with the verb change was not clear for one (We are to we were, not we are to I was) – a simple matter of practice.

Next Class

Siamese Twins reading – Guadalupe is interested in the Siamese Twins story.  So we will do that.  It is advanced, but interesting.

Vocabulary – Check the Siamese Twins story

Prepare for something on the computer.  Yesenia is extremely keen to get started.  So awesome!
 – Create simple exercises matching person to verb with verb tense changes.

December 4, 2013 § Leave a comment

Here you’ll learn all aspects of the English written language, enabling you to improve your writing skills in both personal and formal communications.

Whether you’re starting with the very basics such as understanding the meaning of verbs and nouns and correct apostrophe placement, or wanting to understand more complex topics such as conjunctions, syntax optimization and creative writing techniques, we have it all covered.

Grammar Rules Review

December 4, 2013 § Leave a comment

This is a quick, basic grammar review for nouns, verbs, and the sometimes confusing usage of lay versus lie, and rise versus raise. This reference can be used for term papers, grammar class reviews, or simply for anyone confused or curious about the basics of English grammar.

Grammar Rules Review from
Available as a PDF on site to download

Available from my Evernote storage to print:

Class Wednesday 20nov

November 19, 2013 § Leave a comment

The plan for class tomorrow. Draft
Print lists of verbs and explanations

1). Tongue Twister

2). Vocabulary/grammar – correct wildly erroneous information I provided on verbs. Regular vs Irregular.

English regular verbs change their form very little (unlike irregular verbs). The past tense and past participle of regular verbs end in -ed, for example:

work, worked, worked

Make note of, but do not dwell on:  regular verb exceptions/confusions

…But you should note the following points:

1. Some verbs can be both regular and irregular, for example:

learn, learned, learned
learn, learnt, learnt

2. Some verbs change their meaning depending on whether they are regular or irregular, for example “to hang”:

regular hang, hanged, hanged to kill or die, by dropping with a rope around the neck
irregular hang, hung, hung to fix something (for example, a picture) at the top so that the lower part is free

3. The present tense of some regular verbs is the same as the past tense of some irregular verbs:

regular found, founded, founded
irregular find, foundfound


Irregular verbs are an important feature of English. We use irregular verbs a lot when speaking, less when writing. Of course, the most famous English verb of all, the verb “to be”, is irregular.

What is the difference between regular verbs and irregular verbs?

  Base Form Past Simple Past Participle
With regular verbs, the rule is simple…
The past simple and past participle always end in -ed: finish finished finished
stop stopped stopped
work worked worked
But with irregular verbs, there is no rule…
Sometimes the verb changes completely: sing sang sung
Sometimes there is “half” a change: buy bought bought
Sometimes there is no change: cut cut cut

One good way to learn irregular verbs is to try sorting them into groups, as above.

Review lists of verbs – both

3).  Describe events in sequential order: another class, no time today

NOTE:  Sequential events for Glitter Book exercise

4). Glitter book
Write a letter to someone: a friend or relative or an official like a president of their countries. (Joanna? We have talked about the president of Argentina before.)

List some ideas to include, if needed.
Write about:
The status of family, any new friends
Unusual observations about the US/Austin and anecdotes
What they miss about their home countries
What they like about the US
President: suggestions, grievances, reality check

5). Lab. Perhaps nothing with headphones. Epic equipment fail last class. My purchases are cheap crap.
No reading passages.
Verb exercises?

Week 1: verb to be, nationalities, pronouns, possessives, greetings, family

November 10, 2013 § Leave a comment

A series of online self study lessons to glean from: complete lessons, explanations and exercises…I have no shame.

English at Home

This week we start right from the beginning so that you can talk about yourself accurately and confidently. In Week 1, there are two grammar pages: \”Nationalities and the verb to be\”; and \”Pronouns and Possessives\”. Both these pages give you grammar explanations and examples, and then there\’s a multiple-choice exercise for you to test your understanding. There are answers for the exercises.

There\’s also a vocabulary page with useful words and phrases to talk about you and your family (also with an exercise); and there\’s a speaking page with useful phrases to say hello, introduce yourself, and introduce other people.

On the speaking page, you can also practice five conversations to help you improve your fluency and your pronunciation. You will need a microphone so you can record your voice, and speakers (or a headset) so you can hear the conversation.

Here are the links to the four lessons:

Nationalities and the verb to be

Pronouns and Possessives

You and your family

Saying hello and introducing yourself

Lesson objectives

– Use the verb “to be” in the present simple and past simple tenses (affirmative, negative and question forms)
– Give your nationality
– Use subject and object pronouns accurately in sentences
– Understand and use possessive adjectives and possessive pronouns
– Talk about your marital status and the people in your family
– Give simple greetings, and make simple introductions

Related posts

For more phrases on saying hello, see our page on English greetings.

For more vocabulary to talk about your family, see our page Talking about your family.

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