Daily Routine!

I wake up at 7AM in the morning, get out of bed at 7:15, put on my clothes for work, and then prepare
breakfast by 7:30….”

^ This example above is the first part of someone’s daily routine. A daily routine is, by definition, the activities and experiences that constitute a person’s normal existence. A person’s daily routine is unique to them, which means that every person has a different list of activities they do during a day, depending on the day.

For example, in the morning you can…
Wake up
Get out of bed
Put on your clothes/dress yourself Eat a quick breakfast
Brush your teeth
Wash your face
…And more!

Maybe later in the morning you…
Take the bus to work
Take the train to school
Drive to work
Walk to School …And so on!

As our day continues, so does our routine.

Daily Routine - Quiz

Answer these questions, and see if you can match the correct activity to the correct time!

 

When we do things according to our daily routine, we usually do them in chronological order! This means that we will probably go to work before we make our dinner! Is your routine like the example above?

Past Participle in Question Phrases

In today’s post we will be learning all about the past participle in question phrases! If you use the phrase “Have you ever…” it is essential to put the following verb in the form of a past participle. Here is an example of the difference:

  • Instead of saying:
    • Have you ever went to California before?
  • Say:
    • Have you ever been to California before?

The past participle normally accompanies another verb in this case the word “have”. The past participle is typically referred to as the third form of the verb and can often be made by adding on these endings : ed, d, or t.

For example:

  • Sleep : slept : slept
  • Jump : jumped : jumped
  • Wear: wore : worn
  • Be : was/were : been

As you can see, sometimes the past participle is exactly the same as the regular past tense but other times things can be more difficult if the verb is irregular! For that reason, it will be useful to look specifically at a list of verbs that are irregular in the past participle so that you can begin to memorize them:

Here is a long list of irregular verbs: https://www.perfect-english-grammar.com/support-files/50_common_irregular_verbs_list.pdf

However below I have compiled a list of the top 10 most used irregular verbs where in the past participle is different from the regular past tense!

 

  1. Be : was/were : been
  2. Become: became: become
  3. Drink: drank: drunk
  4. Do : did: done
  5. Eat: ate: eaten
  6. Give: gave: given
  7. Write: wrote: written
  8. Wear: wore: worn
  9. Speak: spoke: spoken
  10. Sing: sang: sung

Let’s practice using some of these new irregular verbs!

Past Participle Quiz

Try and conjugate the following verbs into the past participle.

Present Perfect Continuous

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Present Perfect Continuous
When something starts in the past and continues into the present, we use this verb tense. The present perfect continuous tense is generally used to describe actions or conditions that began in the past but are still going on or have recently stopped. You can use present perfect continuous in positive and negative situations. For example, “I have been watching TV all day”, or “Have we not been resting long enough?”

There are a few different situations when present perfect continuous is often used:

Situation Example
Emphasizing length of time “I have been waiting here for hours”
Conveying unfinished actions “I have been watching the movie you suggested last week”
Explaining the result of an action “We have been baking all day, so the kitchen is a mess”

How to form Present Perfect Continuous Statements:
Subject + have been + gerund (ing)
Example: I have been writing this script since 2018.

Present Perfect Continuous Quiz

Complete the following sentences using present perfect continuous.
Example: He _______ (work) here for ten years.
ANSWER: He has been working here for ten years.