Grammar Practice for ESL Level 1

The links below will take you to explanations and exercises on grammar rules from Basic English Grammar, the textbook you buy for both ESL010 and ESL020

The exercises will help you with understanding, memorizing, and using the rules.

Quick Jump to:   Chapter 1     Chapter 2    Chapter 3    Chapter 4    Chapter 5    Chapter 6    Chapter 7    Chapter 8  

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Chapter 1 Using Be Tutorial - Click here to download Powerpoint Show OR watch these videos:

Pages 2-3 Chart 1-1 Noun + IS + Noun
http://youtu.be/jyafuP3hcWE

Pages 4-5 Chart 1-2 Noun + ARE + Noun - http://youtu.be/mESr6wPj9Sg

Page 7 Chart 1-3 Pronoun +  BE + Noun -
http://youtu.be/2IpCQHLu4wI

Pages 8-9 Chart 1-4 Contractions with Be
http://youtu.be/7rG1xZeWFKY

Page 10 Chart 1-5 Negative with Be-
http://youtu.be/16rdS32SKHc

Page 12 Chart 1-6 Be + Adjective
http://youtu.be/PKYz4XZdApQ 

Page 18 Chart 1-7 BE + Place-
http://youtu.be/WE5c5zpxe5E 

 

Page 21 Chart 1-8 Summary: Basic Sentence Patterns with Be

http://youtu.be/COJEDkWISws

 

 

Chapter 1 Using Be Computer Explanations & Exercises:
Multiple choice quiz basic Be (am, is, are)
Choosing forms of Be (am, is, are)
Type in the blank practice with Be (am, is, are)
http://www.eflnet.com/grammar/tobepresent.php - Multiple choice
http://www.eclecticenglish.com/grammar/PresentSimpleToBe1A.html  
Exercise 1 - Simple Present Tense Verb Be Multiple choice
Exercise 2  - Simple Present Tense Verb Be Multiple choice
Exercise 3 - Simple Present Tense Verb Be Fill in the blank
Exercise 4 - Simple Present Tense Verb Be Fill in the blank
Exercise 1 - Choose the noun that best completes the sentence.
Exercise 2 - Choose the noun that best completes the sentence.
Exercise 3 - Choose the noun that best completes the sentence.
Exercise 4 - Choose the noun that best completes the sentence.
Verb be interrogative, affirmative & negative
Noun + Be + Noun
More Noun + Be + Noun (Rags to Riches game)


Chapter 2 Using Be and Have Tutorial
- Click here to download Powerpoint Show OR watch these videos:

Page 24 Chart 2-1 Yes/No Questions with Be
http://youtu.be/8NOdA9I8LQw 

Page 25 Chart 2-2 Short answers to Yes/No Questions http://youtu.be/rYgJwfVTAGc 

Page 28 Chart 2-3 Questions with Be: Using Where -
http://youtu.be/B3CcYek4l3Q 

Page 30 Chart 2-4 Using Have and Has
http://youtu.be/RGIrkZbVGxA 

Page 33 Chart 2-5 Using My, Your, His, Her, Our, Their-
http://youtu.be/9zT1qRELtgE 

Page 38 Chart 2-6 Using This and That
http://youtu.be/v5JJcZ9mNDs  

Page 40 Chart 2-7 Using These and Those
http://youtu.be/uZZNde62XrA  

 

Page 42 Chart 2-8 Asking Questions with What and Who + Be

http://youtu.be/HZNELBkwJ3s 

Chapter 2 Review
http://youtu.be/hmliYaHab3I

 

 

Chapter 2 Using Be and Have Computer Explanations & Exercises:
Have - Has
Choosing Have or Has
http://www.eflnet.com/grammar/havepresent.php -
Choose between has or have to complete each sentence.
Choosing Have, Has, Don't Have,
or Doesn't Have
Type in the blank Have, Has, Don't Have or Doesn't Have
Tutorial on Possessive Adjectives
Possessive Adjectives
-
Decide if you should use my, your, his, her, its, our, or their to complete the sentences.

Possessive Adjective Practice - Look at the sentence and think of the possessive adjective you need.  Then, click on the arrow next to the word Answer to see if you are correct in your thinking.
Possessive Adjective Choosing - Click on the triangular arrow to the right of the blank box
, then click on the possessive adjective form you need to complete the sentence.
Possessive Adjective Video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sdaSKiTZ38&feature=related



Chapter 3 Using the Simple Present Tutorial  - Click here to download Powerpoint Show  OR watch these videos:

Page 53 Chart 3-1 Form & Basic Meaning of
the Simple Present Tense

http://youtu.be/Uu84JQH8Cxo  

Page 56 Chart 3-2 Using Frequency Adverbs http://youtu.be/o5zyMXj2EGM  

Page 58 Chart 3-3 Other Frequency Expressions-
http://youtu.be/OEkUJcorKW8  

Page 59 Chart 3-4 Using Frequency Adverbs with Be
http://youtu.be/E-6wnlLKPU0  

Page 61 Chart 3-5 Spelling & Pronunciation of Final -es
http://youtu.be/JpydSzAvK2Q  

Page 63 Chart 3-6 Adding Final -s/-es to Words ending in -y
http://youtu.be/Qjp8TS6A87k   

Page 64 Chart 3-7 Irregular Singular Verbs:  Has, Does, Goes
http://youtu.be/EFGfEcSeaiE   

 

Page 66 Chart 3-8 Spelling & Pronunciation of Final -s/-es
http://youtu.be/IPIbwWSEfeQ


Page 69 Chart 3-9 Simple Present Tense Negative
http://youtu.be/9xV9anLrwH0
 

 
Page 74 Chart 3-10 Simple Present Tense Yes/No Questions

http://youtu.be/v2OEL1HQVIQ

 

 

Page 78 Chart 3-11 Simple Present Tense Information Questions with Where

http://youtu.be/py4KIlv0OHQ
 

Page 80 Chart 3-12 Simple Present Tense Information Questions with When/What Time

http://youtu.be/PDJxhMoGugg

 

Page 82 Chart 3-11 Summary: Information Questions with Be and Do

http://youtu.be/7Bc15EXaHbw

 

Chapter 3 Using the Simple Present Tense Computer Explanations & Exercises:
Subject Verb Agreement - I
Subject Verb Agreement - You

Subject Verb Agreement - He
Subject Verb Agreement - She
Subject Verb Agreement - We
Subject Verb Agreement - They
Subject Verb Agreement - Plurals
Subject Verb Agreement - Mixed -
Multiple choice quiz on subject verb agreement in the simple present tense with the verbs Be, Have, and Go.
http://www.eflnet.com/grammar/presentagreement.php - Choose the correct verb form to complete each sentence.
Simple Present - Multiple Choice
Simple Present - Fill in the Story
Present Tense Everyday Verbs
Simple Present Tense - Multiple choice quiz
Simple Present 1 -
Choose the verb which correctly agrees with the subject.
Simple Present Affirmative - Decide which form of the simple present verb is necessary to complete the sentences.
Spelling of Simple Present Tense Endings Multiple Choice

Spelling s/es Endings -Read the spelling rules, then change the third person plural forms to third person singular forms by adding s or es.
Spelling s/es 2 -More practice typing third person singular forms ending in s or es.
Spelling of Verbs Ending in Y -Read the rules for the spelling of verbs ending in y, then type in the correct third person singular forms.
Pronunciation of Final s/es -Read the rules and take a quiz on the pronunciation of the s/es verb endings.
Third Person s/es Pronunciation - Choose the sound (s, z, iz) of the ending of the verbs shown.
Exercise 1 - Simple Present Tense
Exercise 2  - Simple Present Tense
Exercise 3 - Simple Present Tense
Exercise 4 - Simple Present Tense
Exercise 5 - Simple Present Tense
Exercise 6 - Simple Present Tense
Exercise 7 - Simple Present Tense
Exercise 8 - Simple Present Tense
Exercise 9 - Simple Present Tense
Exercise 10 - Simple Present Tense
Exercise 11 - Simple Present Tense
Exercise 12 - Simple Present Tense
Exercise 13 - Review of the Simple Present Tense
Frequency Adverbs Multiple Choice - Read the sentences. Choose the adverb that logically fills the blank.
Adverbs of Frequency Multiple Choice
Frequency 1 - Often     Frequency 2 - Rarely   Frequency 3 - Sometimes        Frequency 4 - Never    Frequency 5 - Usually Frequency 6 - Frequently - Drag the words to make sentences using correct word sequencing.
Daily Routines - Fill in the blanks in these short stories with the correct simple present tense verb form.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith's Daily Routines - Read the sentences and look at the verbs in parentheses at the end of each sentence.  Type in the correct simple present form of the verb.  Remember to add -s or -es or make any other necessary grammar/spelling changes.
What Do These People Do at Work? - Read the sentences.  They use the Be verb and nouns.  Change the nouns to verb forms to make new sentences without the be verb.

Affirmative to Negative - Read affirmative sentences in the simple present. Rewrite the sentences using the negative forms of the verbs. Check your answers.
Simple Present Negative - Decide if you should use "don't" or "doesn't" to complete the sentences.
Bill Gates and I - Change the affirmative sentences to negative by using don't or doesn't.
Simple Present Negative - More practice with rewriting sentences to make them negative.

Common Negative Mistakes
Negative & Interrogative Forms -
Read an explanation on how to form negative and interrogative (question) statements in the simple present tense. Present Tense Scrambled Questions
Present Tense Scrambled Questions 2

http://www.eflnet.com/grammar/plural1.php - Retype the singular sentences to make them plural sentences.

http://www.eflnet.com/grammar/yesnopresent.php - Type in yes/no questions including the words you see and adding do/does.
http://www.eflnet.com/grammar/whquestionspresent.php - Type in information questions including the words you see and adding do/does.
http://www.eflnet.com/grammar/presentnegative.php - Type in the negative contraction form of the verb.
Do or Does?
Be or Do in Questions - Choose the correct form of the verb "be" (am, is, are) or "do" (do, does) to complete the questions.
Simple Present Questions & Trivia Quiz
Make a Question
Questions with Be & Do
http://www.tolearnenglish.com/exercises/exercise-english-2/exercise-english-21794.php 
http://a4esl.org/q/h/0101/df-beordo.html 

Simple Present Questions & Negatives
Simple Present Tense Review -
Type in the correct affirmative, negative, and question forms of the verbs provided.
Simple Present : Subject-Verb Agreement & Trivia Quiz

Make it True - Affirmative & Negative Forms
http://www.eflnet.com/tutorials/finalses.php - Read an explanation about the pronunciation of the -s/-es endings and then take a multiple-choice quiz.
El Presente  -
Spanish-English explanation of the forms of the simple present and present progressive.
Conversations with Simple Present
Spanish-English Verbs -
Try to match the English verbs with their Spanish translation. Then, use the verbs in the simple present tense to fill in the blanks in a paragraph.

Chapter 4 Using the Present Progressive Tutorial  - Click here to download Powerpoint Show  OR watch these videos:

Page 92 Chart 4-1 Be + ING: Present Progressive Tense
http://youtu.be/7UJ-elxvqUg  

Page 97 Chart 4-2 Spelling of - ING
http://youtu.be/tmczAge2jXk   

Page 99 Chart 4-3 Present Progressive Negatives
http://youtu.be/QZ3f45PLpO8  

Page 102 Chart 4-4 Present Progressive Questions
http://youtu.be/43Yl_vtx-hE  

Page 106 Chart 4-5 Simple Present vs. Present Progressive
http://youtu.be/zOfKaWNi3yg  

Page 111 Chart 4-6 Nonaction Verbs
http://youtu.be/itXGLCwRi1M   

Page 114 Chart 4-7 See, Look at, Watch, Hear, & Listen To
http://youtu.be/lCtKZS2-5SQ   

 

Page 117 Chart 4-8 Think About & Think That

http://youtu.be/03AKLfvYq80  
 

 

 


Chapter 4 Using the Present Progressive Computer Explanations & Exercises:

http://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/elc/studyzone/330/grammar/pcont.htm and http://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/elc/studyzone/330/grammar/pcont1.htm
What's She Doing?  Look at the pictures. Choose the sentence that correctly describes what each person is doing.
The Simpsons and Present Progressive Examples Video
Spelling of the Present Participle 1 - Read the spelling rules for verbs that end in e, then type in the correct forms.
Choose the Present Participle - How many verbs do you know? Look at the pictures and click on the correct verb.
Type in the Present Participle - Look at the picture and type in the correct present participle. Be careful with the spelling!
Present Progressive Video - Watch the video about housework and the words you see on the screen to think of present progressive sentences.
What Are You Doing? - Read a conversation using the present progressive, study a chart explaining its use and form, then complete practice exercises.
Affirmative Form & Spelling of Present Continuous Tense - Read the explanation and study the examples
http://www.learn-english-online.org/Lesson7/TestIt/PresCont1.htm
- Look at the picture and question and then type in a complete sentence using the affirmative present progressive verb tense.
Negative Form & Spelling of Present Continuous Tense - Read the explanation and study the examples
Question Form of Present Continuous Tense - Read the explanation and study the examples
http://www.learn-english-online.org/Lesson9/TestIt/PresContQuestions.htm - Use the words you see and make any necessary changes to their forms to write questions in the present progressive/continuous tense.
Negative & Question Forms in the Present Continuous Tense - After you study the examples, click on the words First Exercise at the bottom left of the web page to go to quiz questions.
http://www.englisch-hilfen.de/en/exercises/questions/present_progressive.htm - Type in the correct form of the auxiliary be verb (am, is, are) and the present participle (main verb + ing) to complete the questions.
http://www.englisch-hilfen.de/en/exercises/questions/present_progressive2.htm - More practice typing in questions using the present progressive verb tense.
The Hurricane - Read the sentences and then change them from the simple present to the present progressive verb tense.

Present Progressive Basic Form Exercise 

Present Progressive - Negative Contractions Exercise  

Present Progressive - Yes / No Questions Exercise 

Present Progressive - Information Questions Exercise 

Spelling Rules for Verb + ING

-ING Form Spelling Practice Exercise (Beginner and up)

Simple Present and Present Progressive 

Simple Present and Present Progressive 2 

Simple Present and Present Progressive 3 


Chapter 5 Talking About the Present Tutorial  - Click here to download Powerpoint Show OR watch these videos:

Page 121 Chart 5-1 Using It to Talk about Time

http://youtu.be/WEKQjS9OnkA  

 

 

 

 

Page 123 Chart 5-2 Prepositions of Time
http://youtu.be/C2FXcXb5f8A  

Page 123 Chart 5-3 Using It to Talk about the Weather
http://youtu.be/SB2Qgi6oP2E
 

Page 128 Chart 5-4 There + Be
http://youtu.be/xQtx1cUAeiM  

Page 130 Chart 5-5 There+Be: Yes/No Questions
http://youtu.be/Uad2tRSldlo  

Page 133 Chart 5-6 There+Be: Questions with How Many
http://youtu.be/tYOLQn8Dj5E  

Page 134 Chart 5-7 Prepositions of Place
http://youtu.be/nK2lb3H21Tk

Page 135 Chart 5-8 List of Prepositions of Place
http://youtu.be/WcUTigwdSms  

 Page 143 Chart 5-9 Need & Want + Noun or Infinitive
http://youtu.be/dr2BTjOCL38

Page 146 Chart 5-10 Would Like
http://youtu.be/g2_W7hkvcpg  

Page 148 Chart 5-11 Would Like vs. Like
http://youtu.be/88fyzgbHhgk  


Chapter 5 Talking About the Present Computer Explanations & Exercises:
http://www.eflnet.com/grammar/therebe.php - Choose between is/are to complete the sentences.

Chapter 6 Nouns and Pronouns Tutorial  - Click here to download Powerpoint Show OR watch these videos:

Page 158 Chart 6-1 Nouns as Subjects and Objects
http://youtu.be/NINer4wHBlE
 


Page 162 Chart 6-2 Adjective + Noun
http://youtu.be/WoaReTfA9bs

Page 164 Chart 6-3 Subject Pronouns & Object Pronouns
http://youtu.be/-JRDjvw4RkU

Page 168 Chart 6-4 Nouns:  Singular & Plural
http://youtu.be/Q1vccAv5bMw 

Page 173 Chart 6-5 Nouns:  Irregular Plural Forms
http://youtu.be/9n0vF9lETK0
 

Chapter 6 Nouns and Pronouns- Computer Exercises

Pronouns

Pronouns

Pronouns 2

Pronouns 3

Reflexive Pronouns 

Reflexive Pronouns
Relative Pronouns

Indefinite Pronouns
Possessive Pronouns 
 

Chapter 7 Count and Noncount Nouns Tutorial  - Click here to download Powerpoint Show OR watch these videos:

Page 181 Chart 7-1 Nouns:  Count & Noncount
http://youtu.be/Lpi1Y7MRQJ8


Page 183 Chart 7-2 Using An vs. A
http://youtu.be/jgQ53fKlsQo 

Page 185 Chart 7-3 Using A/An vs. Some
http://youtu.be/h4p-eTQQJ7k

Page 191 Chart 7-4 Measurements with Noncount Nouns
ht
tp://youtu.be/z2cBYoC0Jww

Page 195 Chart 7-5 Using Many, Much, A few, A Little
http://youtu.be/0dg3A7rpkzQ

Page 199 Chart 7-6 Using The
http://youtu.be/bSzK08OoLcU 

Page 203 Chart 7-7 Using No Article to Make Generalizations
http://youtu.be/NzjM82aoTpU

Page 205 Chart 7-8 Using Some & Any
http://youtu.be/ZE3cG9EzlMs 
 

 

Chapter 8 Expressing Past Time, Part 1 Tutorial  - Click here to download Powerpoint Show OR watch these videos:

Page 213 Chart 8-1 Using Be:  Past Time


http://youtu.be/GRSrMbmeje8

 

Page 214 Chart 8-2 Past of Be:  Negative
http://youtu.be/PrveFjNhME8

Page 216 Chart 8-3 Past of Be:  Questions
http://youtu.be/7II2Ox8GF9A

Page 221 Chart 8-4  Simple Past Tense:  Using -ed
http://youtu.be/6Qnv2xODO2E

Page 225 Chart 8-5  Past Time Words
http://youtu.be/5MLwIYcHGKM

Page 227 Chart 8-6 Simple Past:  Irregular Verbs Group 1
http://youtu.be/-6LkXfXqcWc

Page 231 Chart 8-7  Simple Past:  Negative
http://youtu.be/buNaV7Ctk7g

Page 234 Chart 8-8  Simple Past:  Yes/No Questions
http://youtu.be/TJkaHL9Rick

Page 238 Chart 8-9  Irregular Verbs Group 2
http://youtu.be/PszU3mb0kjY

Page 241 Chart 8-10  Irregular Verbs Group 3
http://youtu.be/Hhba8kSi3kY

Page 244 Chart 8-11  Irregular Verbs Group 4
http://youtu.be/-mV3iXvIPx8

Chapter 8 Simple Past Tense Computer Explanations & Exercises:
Past Tense Forms of Be - Study examples which show the different affirmative, negative, and interrogative past tense forms of the verb "be".
http://www.eflnet.com/tutorials/finalses.php - Choose between was/were to complete the sentences.
Was or Were? - Fill in the blanks with was or were.
Darwin and Einstein - Read short stories about Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein. Choose between was or were to fill in the blanks in the stories.
Wasn't or Weren't? - Choose between wasn't or weren't to complete the sentences.
Questions with the Past Tense of Be - Read affirmative statements, then change them into questions.
Short Answers - Choose the correct short form to answer the question.
Was/Were 2 - Choose between was or were to complete the sentences.
Was/Were 3 - Practice subject-verb agreement in these past progressive sentences.
Was/Were 4

Exercise 5 - Simple Past Tense of Verb Be
Exercise 6 - Simple Past Tense of Verb Be
Exercise 7 - Simple Past Tense of Verb Be
Exercise 8 - Simple Past Tense of Verb Be
http://www.eflnet.com/tutorials/finalses.php - Type in yes/no questions using was/were & the words you see.
Spelling Rules for Regular Past Tense Verbs - Study the rules before trying the exercises below.
My Grandfather - Story with Past Tense Regular Verbs - Type in the correct past tense form (ed) of the regular verbs to complete the story.
http://www.eflnet.com/grammar/pastnegative.php - Type in the negative contraction past tense form of the verbs.
http://www.eflnet.com/grammar/yesnopast2.php - Type in yes/no question forms using didn't & the words you see.
http://www.eflnet.com/tutorials/finaled.php - Explanation & exercises about the 3 pronunciations of -ed
http://www.eflnet.com/grammar/edpron.php - Multiple-choice quiz on the 3 pronunciations of -ed
Irregular Past Tense group 5 - multiple choice

Irregular Past Tense group 7 - multiple choice
Irregular Past Tense - Click on the ghosts before they get Cindy!

Irregular Past Tense verbs - multiple choice Walk the Plank game
Irregular Past Tense - Blockbusters game
Past Tense Basketball game
Moving to a New House - past tense multiple choice