New Patterns

Here is some information about new patterns added weekly which your LP program can download. The short description of the pattern and how to use it is the same as you are going to see in the LP Information window.

Apr 23, 2021

Let's.. (Present Simple)

We often use Let's to make suggestions which include ourselves.

Let's is the short form of let us.

Example:

Let's play together.

Let's clean our room.

Apr 23, 2021

I will.. (Future Simple)

We use 'will' to make plans for the future.

Use this pattern to say what you will do or be in the Future Simple Tense.

Example:

I will buy a car next month.

I will be busy next week.

Apr 30, 2021

Have you ever.. ? (Present Perfect)

To start conversation with somebody (in present perfect), use format:

Have you ever + past participle + the rest.

Example:

Have you ever been to Australia?

Have you ever eaten oysters?

'ever' - at any time

Apr 30, 2021

Let me.. (Present Simple)

In this pattern we use 'Let me..' to give a formal offer

or ask for permission to do something.

Example:

Let me open the door for you.

Let me explain what happened.

May 7, 2021

Articles 'a' and 'an' (Exercise)

1) Read the word (or words) without an article from line [A].

2) Say aloud (or in your mind) these words with added article 'a' or 'an'.

3) Check your answer in line [B].

Example:

  [A] famous actor

  [B] a famous actor

  [A] excellent idea

  [B] an excellent idea

May 7, 2021

Are you + (-ing)..? (Present Continuous)

The present continuous tense is used for actions happening now

or for an action that is unfinished.

Example:

Are you coming to my party?

Are you looking for a job?

May 14, 2021

I won't.. (Future Simple)

'will' is used to make plans for the future.

won't is a contraction of will not (negative form).

Example:

I won't fail the exam.

I won't be late.

May 14, 2021

I was.. (Past Simple)

The Simple Past tense of 'be' has two forms: was and were.

For first and third person singular, use the word was.

In all other cases, use the word were.

Example:

I was busy all day.

I was at home the whole time.

May 22, 2021

Would you like..? (would)

'Would' is a past form of 'will' but it has many other uses.

'Would you like' is used when offering something

or inviting someone to do something.

Example:

Would you like a cup of coffee?

Would you like to dance?

Would you like me to call a taxi?

May 22, 2021

Does (somebody / something)..? (Present Simple)

We use 'do' and 'does' to make questions in Present Simple

Use Does at the start of questions when the subject is he, she or it.

Example:

Does he speak English?

Does she like her job?

Does Australia have four seasons?

May 29, 2021

I have + past participle.. (Pesent Perfect)

The Present Perfect Tense is used to show a link between

the present and the past.

It is not important when the actions happened.

In this pattern we use structure: I have + past participle + the rest.

'I've' is a contraction of 'I have'.

Example:

I've missed my train.

I've bought a new car.

May 29, 2021

Is (someone / something)..? (Present Simple)

In this pattern are example questions in Present Simple Tense

beginning with the word 'Is'.

Example:

Is Mary your wife?

Is this milk still good?

June 5, 2021

I often, usually, sometimes.. (Present Simple)

In Present Simple tense, we often use adverbs of frequency

to say how often we do something.

Frequency adverbs usually go before the verb.

Example:

I always take a shower after work.

I often catch a cold in winter.

I usually go to bed before midnight.

I sometimes drive too fast.

I rarely drink coffee after supper.

June 5, 2021

What's your favorite..? (Present Simple)

We use the word 'what' to ask for information about people or things.

In this pattern are example sentences to ask someone about

his/her favorite things or activities.

'what's' is a contraction of 'what is'.

Example:

What's your favorite color?

What's your favorite sport to play?

June 12, 2021

have / has + past participle.. (Pesent Perfect)

We use Present Perfect tense to show a link between the present and the past.

The exact time of action is not important in Present Perfect.

Important is that the action started in the past and has some connection with the present.

We use have and the past participle of a verb, if the subject is I, you, we, or they.

We use has and the past participle of a verb, if the subject is he, she, or it.

Example:

  I have met a lot of interesting people.

  Emily has written five books so far.

  The weather has been very nice so far.

June 12, 2021

What do you..? (Present Simple)

We use the word 'what' to ask for information about people or things.

In this pattern are some example sentences to ask someone about anything in Present Simple tense.

Example:

What do you do after work?

What do you eat for lunch?

June 19, 2021

I've been + (-ing).. (Present Perfect Continuous)

We use the Present Perfect Continuous to highlight that something is still continuing in the present.

To form Present Perfect Continuous, use have / has + been + (-ing).

I've is a contraction of I have.

Example:

I've been living here for a long time.

I've been studying English for three years.

June 19, 2021

Where is / are..? (Present Simple)

We use the question word 'where' to ask about the location of a person or things.

'is' and 'are' are forms of the verb 'be' in the Present Simple tense.

Example:

Where is Mary?

Where are my keys?

June 26, 2021

since / for - Present Perfect

We use Present Perfect tense to show a link between the past and the present.

It is not important when exactly the action has happened.

To form Present Perfect, use 'have' or 'has' + past participle of the verb.

Use 'have', if the subject is plural or I, you, we, or they.

Use 'has', if the subject is singular or he, she, it.

We use 'since' in Present Perfect to define time in past when something has started.

We use 'for' to say how long the action has lasted.

Example:

  My mailbox has been empty since last month.

  Bill and I have been good friends for a long time.

June 26, 2021

I need.. [1] (Present Simple)

We use the verb 'need' when we don't have what is very important to us.

Example:

I need a new car.

I need a better job.

July 3, 2021

have / has + been + (-ing).. (Present Perfect Continuous)

We use the Present Perfect Continuous to highlight that something is still continuing in the present.

To form Present Perfect Continuous, use have / has + been + (-ing).

Use 'have', if the subject is plural or I, you, we, or they.

Use 'has', if the subject is singular or he, she, it.

We often use 'since' in Present Perfect Continuous to define the time when action has started and is still continuing.

We also use 'for' to say how long the action is continuing.

Example:

  Tom has been looking for a job since July.

  I have been living here for a long time.

July 3, 2021

I need.. [2] (Present Simple)

We use the verb 'need' when we don't have what we want, desire or require.

Example:

I need everything on this list.

I need it as quickly as possible.

July 10, 2021

I've just.. - Present Perfect

'Just' is used to indicate that something happened a very short time ago in the past.

In the Present Perfect, 'just' comes between the verb have/has and the past participle.

I've is a contraction of I have.

Example:

I've just come back from Sweden.

I've just eaten so I'm not hungry.

I've just had a hot bath, so I feel much better.

July 10, 2021

(some) - offer / request

We use 'some' and 'any' when we cannot or do not need to specify the exact number or amount of something.

We often use 'some' when we make offers or requests.

Example:

  Would you like some tea?

  Can you lend me some money?

July 17, 2021

I have (already) - Present Perfect

'Already' is used to show that something has happened at an unspecified time before now.

We usually place 'already' between the verb have/has and the past participle or at the end of the sentence.

Example:

  I have already done my homework.

  I have done my homework already.

July 17, 2021

any - (some / any)

We use 'some' and 'any' when we cannot or do not need to specify the exact number or amount of something.

'Any' is usually used in questions and negative sentences.

Example:

  Do you have any allergies?

  I don't take any medicine.

July 24, 2021

I haven't..(yet) - Present Perfect

We use adverb 'yet' to show that something has not happened up to the present time.

In the Present Perfect tense, 'yet' is used in negative sentences and questions and is placed at the end of the sentence.

Example:

I haven't eaten breakfast yet.

I haven't finished my homework yet.

July 24, 2021

(already) - Present Perfect

'Already' is used to show that something has happened at an unspecified time before now.

We usually place 'already' between the verb have / has and the past participle or at the end of the sentence.

Example:

  He has already finished his work.

  Have you eaten your dinner already?