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MIGHT

You might have to teach your students how to express probability: here is an exercise you might find useful.

You might like it… or you might not, so please let me know and leave your comment. See you soon!

 

Complete the sentences with might or might not and a suitable verb.

  1. Charles isn’t here today. He __________ ill.
  2. It ___________ much, but at least it’s something.
  3. If I were you, I wouldn’t buy that laptop: you __________ a cheaper one on the internet.
  4. I rang her up, but she didn’t answer. She ___________ at home.
  5. Take the umbrella, it ___________ .
  6. I’m coming down with flu, I ___________ to the party tonight.
  7. If Sean doesn’t study hard, he ___________ the exam.
  8. The traffic is very bad, they __________ late for work.
  9. The line you quoted ________ or ______________ in this book, honestly I don’t know.
  10. Your eyes are red, you have a temperature and your nose is congested: you _____________ flu.

 

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HAVE YOU EVER…? – part 1

It might be quite hard for some students to fully understand how to use the present perfect well.

This is why, instead of a long list of examples and a 30-minute lecture on “How to Use the Present Perfect Simple and Continuous”, you might want to try this: teaching them one function at a time in a particular context. It can turn out to be very effective… and not so boring!

Today we will focus on questions with have you ever + past participle to ask people if they have done something in their lives.

Make questions using the prompts given:

  1. have/Japanese food?
    Have you ever had Japanese food?
  2. argue/with your best friend?
  3. smoke/a cigarette?
  4. eat/raw meat?
  5. lose/your passport?
  6. meet/a celebrity?
  7. drink/whiskey?
  8. drive/a car?
  9. play/tennis?
  10. ride/a horse?
  11. get/a tattoo?
  12. cheat/on an exam?
  13. climb/a mountain?
  14. win/a competition?
  15. see/a whale?
  16. write/a poem?

Then have the students ask and answer questions, either in pairs (A asks B, B asks A) or in “chain” (A asks B, who in turn asks C, who in turn asks D, etc.).

Next time we’ll deal with have you ever and the verb go. Bye!


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DO vs MAKE

In this exercise, students will have to choose whether to use the verb do or the verb make, and also conjugate the verb using the appropriate tense.

  1. My neighbours are always ___________ a lot of noise.
  2. After dinner, my sister usually ___________ the washing up.
  3. Excuse me, could you please ___________ me a favour?
  4. Don’t forget to ___________ your homework before going to bed.
  5. Sheila has ___________ a great effort to pass the exam.
  6. In her free time, Daniel usually ___________ crosswords.
  7.  ___________ your best and try to work harder next time.
  8. After ___________ the bed, Francis had breakfast.
  9. It won’t ___________ you any harm to tidy up your room.
  10. You have just finished ___________ this exercise!

 

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