Writing about an heirloom & the present perfect tense – Level 2 – 7th November 2016

Adverbs of frequency exercises:






  1. Revise rules for adverbs of frequency

  2. Write about an heirloom

  3. Discuss and work in groups to explain present perfect & present perfect continuous

  4. Khalid’s presentation on Global Warming

Write an explanation for how we use the Present Perfect tense:

  1. Explain the rules, please.
  2. When do we use it?
  3. Why don’t we use past simple all the time?
  4. Can you give examples
  5. And tell us about any irregular verbs/negative/questions

explanation & games

Today’s words:

from time to time

irregularly; now and then; occasionally; sometimes; not predictably. From time to time, I like to go fishing instead of going to work. Bob visits us at our house from time to time.

telepathy noun [ U ]

the ability to know what is in someone else’s mind, or to communicate with someone mentally, without using words or other physical signals

flinch verb [ I ]

to make a sudden, smallmovement because of pain or fear:

He didn’t even flinch when the nursecleaned the wound.

thoroughly adverb (VERY MUCH)


B2 completely, very much:

I thoroughly enjoyed the performance.

More examples

  • All the other teachers are thoroughly disillusioned with their colleague.
  • I thoroughly approve of what the government is doing.
  • She ought to be thoroughly ashamed of herself – talking to her mother like that!

nevertheless adverb

B2 despite what has just been said or referred to:

I knew a lot about the subject already, but her talk was interesting nevertheless.

as a (general) rule

B2 usually:

As a general rule, I don’t readdetective novels.

entirely adverb

B2 completely:

I admit it was entirely my fault.
The company is run almost entirely by middle-aged men.

More examples

  • Characters in this film are entirely fictitious.
  • No working environment is entirely stress-free.

constantly adverb

B2 all the time or often:

She has the TV on constantly.
He’s constantly changing his mind.

scarcely adverb (ONLY JUST)


C2 almost not:

I was scarcely able to move my armafter the accident.
I could scarcely believe it when she said she wanted to marry me.

gradual adjective

B2 happening or changingslowly over a long period of time or distance:

There has been a gradual improvement in our sales figuresover the last two years.
As you go further south, you will notice a gradual change of climate

hardly adverb (ONLY JUST)


B1 only just; almost not:

I could hardly hear her at the back.
The party had hardly started when she left.
He hardly ate anything/He ate hardly anything.
We hardly ever (= almost never) go to concerts.

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