By now you’re starting to become more comfortable with complex topics at work or school and during your leisure time. B2 English grammar raises the bar yet again, introducing complicated tenses and new conditionals to keep you on your toes.
“I hate phrasal verbs!” is a common phrase among English-learners. Those weird [verb]+[preposition] things that have thousands of meanings with no rules attached are a nightmare for many people. Even native speakers run into [meet/encounter by accident] new ones every now and then. But don’t fear, phrasal verbs can be fun too.
That moment right before you start something. “What are you doing?”
This is like a fancy way of saying “I would prefer X to Y.” So, “I’d rather have dinner at a restaurant than cook at home.” Or, my personal favorite, “I’d rather study English grammar than go to happy hour!”
REMIND vs REMEMBER
The easiest way to keep this straight is: “remember” is the opposite of “forget,” while “remind” is making sure that somebody doesn’t forget something. “Remind me to remember that!”
GERUND vs INFINITIVE
Sometimes it just doesn’t matter, ya know?
The Present Perfect has a lot of different uses including describing events that started in the past and continue to the present, events in the very recent past, repeated actions over an unspecified time, and more!
This one’s for things you did in the past, but don’t do anymore. “When I was a kid I used to collect Pokémon cards” (I don’t collect Pokémon cards anymore).
The 2nd conditional is fun. It’s used to imagine present or future situations that are impossible or unlikely in reality. “If you won the lottery, what would you do?” is the usual example. An unusual example is “If you just robbed a bank and had to choose a country to hide in, which would you choose?”
B2 English grammar introduces the 3rd conditional, which is for expressing the past consequence of an unrealistic action or situation in the past. Sometimes the 3rd conditional is replaced with a mixed conditional because it sounds more natural.
GIVING ADVICE / SUGGESTIONS
“Know any good restaurants around here?”
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