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 Free English and Spelling Lessons

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Intermediate English Lessons

Set 1: Using the right word: 

Lesson 1: Over-used words - DO and GET.  The many meanings of the verbs DO and GET  Using other verbs to replace DO and GET.  Five exercises, a test and answers.

Lesson 2: Using SIT or SET and LIE or LAY correctly.  Learn how the verbs are different and how to use them correctly.  Three exercises, a test and answers.

Lesson 3: To Have, to Want, to Need. Learn the principal parts of the verbs, when to use them, and the difference between Count and Non-count nouns.  Three exercises, a test and answers.

Lesson 4: There, Their, They're.  How and when to use these tricky sound-alike words.  Two exercises, a test and answers.

Lesson 13: More Sound-alike words - to, too, two and Others.  Learn the difference between these words, when to use them and how to decide between possessive pronouns and contractions.  Two exercises, a test and answers.

Lesson 24: Words That Are Often Confused: RISE, RAISE - LET, LEAVE, etc..  Definitions of the words, their different forms and examples of their uses.   Two exercises, a test  and answers.

Set 2: Parts of speech

Lesson 9: Prepositional Phrases.  Learn how to spot them and what jobs they do in a sentence.  Two exercises,  a test and answers.

Lesson 11: Irregular Verbs - some of the most common ones.  The lesson looks at regular verbs, then shows the principal parts of 10 irregular verbs.  Three exercises, a test and answers.

Lesson 12: Words that Modify nouns.  Learn how to find and use Adjectives, Participles, Articles, Prepositional Phrases and Possessive Pronouns. Three exercises, a test and answers.

Lesson 14:  Adverbs, what they do in a sentence.  Learn what adverbs tell us about verbs, adjectives and other adverbs.  Two exercises, a test and answers.

Lesson 21: Connecting with conjunctions.  And, or, but, since, although, yet, because, etc.  How and where to use them.  Two exercises, a test and answers.

Lesson 26: Plenty of pronouns.  A good look at Interrogative, Demonstrative, Compound, Relative and Indefinite pronouns.  Two exercises, a test and answers.

Set 3: Building Sentences

Lesson 5: Four basic sentence forms and their main parts.  Learn about Subject Nouns, Object Nouns, Transitive and Intransitive verbs and more.  Three exercises, a test and answers.

Lesson 6: N + TV + N sentences, or Who does What to Whom.  Learn more about transitive verbs and how to use them in sentences.  Learn how to tell if a verb is Transitive.  Four exercises, a test and answers.

Lesson 7: N + IV sentences or I scream, You scream, We all scream for ice cream.  Intransitive verbs - how to spot them and how to use them.  Two exercises, a test and answers.

Lesson 8: Word Order in sentences - Parts of Speech.  Building sentences from the ground up and seeing where the different parts fit.  Three exercises, a test and answers.

Lesson 10: N + LV + N  and N + LV + Adj. sentences.  Learn about Linking verbs, Predicate Nouns and Predicate Adjectives.  Three exercises, a test and answers.

Set 4: Punctuation and Capitalization

Lesson 15: Introduction.  What punctuation marks stand for and why they are used in writing.

Lesson 16: End Punctuation - . ! ? How and when to use Periods, Exclamation Points and Question Marks.  Two exercises, a test and answers.

Lesson 17: Commas ( , ).  A large list of rules about where to use commas plus a practical shortcut that will work most of the time.  Two exercises, a test and answers.

Lesson 18: Colons ( : ), Semi-colons ( ; ) and Quotation Marks ( " " ).  Rules on where and when to use them with examples.  Two exercises, a test and answers.

Lesson 19:  Apostrophe ( ' ), Bracket ( [ ] ), Dash ( - ) and Parentheses (  ).  From the common parentheses to the not-so-common bracket, this lesson finishes up punctuation.  Three exercises, a test and answers.

Lesson 20: Capitalization.  Ten of the most common rules for using capital letters in writing English, with many examples.  Two exercises, a test and answers.

Set 5: Finer Points of English

Lesson 22: To -ing or not to -ing, that is the question.  Which verbs need an -ing form after them and which ones need an Infinitive (to) form.  Two exercises, a test and answers.

Lesson 23: Which prepositions with which nouns?  Certain nouns are always used with particular prepositions.  This lesson gives many examples and clues to figure out why.  One exercise, a test and answers.

Lesson 25: Words that are often confused.  Word pairs such as ACCEPT and EXCEPT, AFFECT and EFFECT are defined with examples of their correct use. 7 pairs are treated fully, 5 more pairs are summarized and 30 pairs are listed for you to look up.  Two exercises, a test and answers.

Lesson 27: Homonyms.  Four sets of common homonyms - words that sound alike but are spelled differently and have different meanings.  Four exercises and answers.

Lesson 28: Common Actions. Sets of common verbs that have the same or opposite meanings: run - walk; sit - stand; buy - sell; come - go; etc.  Each of these words is used in three sentences illustrating the regular Present, Third-person Singular Present, and Past tenses44 verbs are demonstrated.  One exercise.

Basic English Lessons

Lesson 1: How to talk about yourself.  I am + adjective, I am + ing verb, I am + noun.  Forming questions. Many examples.  Exercises with answers.

Lesson 2: Basic Survival Sentences.  I want ..., I need ..., I have ...  When and how to use them.  How to use the articles A, AN, THE plus SOME.  Two exercises and answers.

Lesson 3: Grammar Terms and Sentence Parts.  Subjects and predicates with many of the parts of speech contained in them.  Definitions of grammar terms. Many examples of the parts that make up a sentence.  Two exercises with answers.

Lesson 4: Asking questions.  A thorough study of the ways to ask a question in English: raising the pitch of your voice, changing verb positions, Adding DO, using question words.  Two exercises with answers.

Lesson 5: Using Personal Pronouns  A lesson on Personal Pronouns - their forms, their uses and examples.  Two exercises with answers.  

Lesson 6: Using different verb forms.  A close look at how to use Present, Past, Present Participle and Past Participle and the tenses made from them.  Two exercises with answers.

Lesson 7: How to pronounce the letters of the English Alphabet.  Extensive chart giving the vowels and consonants with clues to pronouncing them and sample words containing them.

Lesson 8: Using Capital Letters.  The basic rules for using capital letters in english with many examples.

Absolutely Ridiculous English Spelling

Lesson 1: Introduction.  Charts and examples of many of the inconsistencies of English spelling.  One exercise to be self-corrected with a dictionary.

Lesson 2: Clues for spelling ridiculous words.  Lesson deals with -ough, -ight, -eigh words and silent letters. No exercise.

Lesson 3: Word Families sound alike and look alike.  Discusses words that contain the following sounds: Long A + R,  Long A + T, Long E + R, Long A + N, Long E + N.  No exercises.

Lesson 4: More English Word Families.  This lessons covers groups of sound-alike words such as those ending with:  -ope and -oap; -oat and -ote;  -oam and -ome ; -ow and -ough ; -uff and -ough.  No exercises.

Lesson 5: Time out for some Word Fun.  A silly poem on spelling and some gimmicks to help you remember words.  No exercise.

Lesson 6: Some Rules to Spell By.  This lesson covers the rules for doubling a final consonant, for adding suffixes, for forming plurals.  No exercises.

Lesson 7: More Spelling Rules that Work.  The lesson discusses words with a final silent E, what determines when the letter G has a hard or a soft sound,  and when to expect a word to have a short vowel sound.  One exercise.

Lesson 8: An odd assortment of Weird Words.  A collection of spelling oddities and some clues to decide between:  -ence or -ance ; -ible or -able ; -ary or -ery ; -ise or -ize.  Four exercises to correct on your own.

English for Everyday Living

Introduction:  A list of materials that will help you learn correct English.  Each of the following lessons describe a location or situation from everyday life in the United States.  The lessons consist of sentences that would be used in the various locations, lists of verbs and nouns from those locations, and exercises for which you need to look up words in a dictionary, write your own sentences using the given words,  and use words from the lists to fill in blanks in given sentences.  Answers are given for the Fill-in-the-blank exercises.  Following are the lessons in this section.

Lesson 1: In the Bathroom.  

Lesson 2: In the Bedroom.

Lesson 3: In the Kitchen.

Lesson 4: In the Living Room.

Lesson 5: In the Garage.

Lesson 6: In the Office.

Lesson 7: In the Yard.

Lesson 8: At School.

Lesson 9: At School.

Lesson 10: At the Barbershop

Lesson 11: Your Body

Lesson 12: Telling Time

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