6 Minute Grammar

6 Minute Grammar


Learn English grammar in six minutes. Every Tuesday join two of our presenters and learn a new key area of grammar. Our presenters include Finn, Emma, Rob, Neil, Sophie & Alice.


Present perfect and past simple  

Have you ever eaten insects? Catherine and Neil talk about unusual food and give you 3 rules to help you choose between the present perfect and past simple tenses

State verbs  

Is it ever ok to say 'I'm loving your work'? If you're still unsure about the difference between state verbs and action verbs, listen on

Second conditional  

Rob and Catherine explain how to form the second conditional, how to use it and say it

First Conditional  

'If it rains, I will take my umbrella' is an example of a first conditional sentence. We mainly use first conditionals to talk about possible future situations, and their results

Present and past passives  

Passive forms can be tricky to understand, but that's why we have programmes like 6 Minute Grammar. This time Rob, Neil and Mike will help you with this area of language

Indirect questions  

We're going to look at different ways of asking for information and making requests, focusing on indirect questions


Neil and Catherine go on a 'tense tour' of six very important English tenses. Listen to their examples and explanations and see if you can get top marks in the quiz!

Too, very, enough  

'Too', 'very' and 'enough' are three key words we use for expressing degree in English. Rob and Catherine will help you understand how they're used and what they mean

Subject questions  

In everyday English, the words who, what, which and whose are very common in questions. But how do we form questions when we want to ask about a subject or an object?

Used to  

Neil and Catherine discuss how to use 'used to' to talk about the past

May, might, could  

Decisions, decisions! Catherine doesn't know what to have for dinner tonight. Find out what she decides to have and learn about using the words may, might and could along the way

Defining relative clauses  

Finn and Alice, who present this episode of 6 Minute Grammar, take a look at the grammar of relative clauses, which English speakers use all the time

'Just', 'already' and 'yet' with the present perfect tense  

Learn how to use the present perfect with 'just', 'already' and 'yet'

Comparatives and superlatives  

Learn about comparatives and superlatives - and find out why Catherine had a terrible journey to work this morning

For and since  

Learn English grammar in six minutes.

Present Perfect  

Grammar on a camel? Let's find out what a camel has got to do with present perfect as Finn and Alice use the words 'ever' and 'never' to talk about life experiences

Verb patterns  

When is a verb followed by a gerund - and when is it followed by an infinitive?

Present Continuous and 'going to'  

Talking about making plans... what is Finn doing tonight?


Rob and Emma talk about articles and Finn talks about elephants in Cambodia

Past simple and past continuous  

Rob and Emma help you understand two past verb forms: past simple and past continuous

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