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.


Talking about the future  

Join Catherine and Finn as they explain the various ways of discussing the future. And hear about Finn's plans to cook a delicious curry for his dinner

The definite article with abstract uncountable nouns  

Join Callum, Catherine and Finn as they talk through this topic

Adverb position 1  

Callum and Catherine talk about the three positions where adverbs usually go when used with verbs. They explain where to put adverbs when used with modals, questions and negatives

Past perfect continuous  

Do you want to talk about past events that happened before other past events? The past perfect continuous can help. Find out more with Neil and Catherine

Comparatives and superlatives  

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

Active and passive voice  

Finn wants to talk about English grammar – but Catherine keeps hitting him! Find out why and learn about the active and passive voices

Reported speech  

Neil and Catherine take a look at the grammar of reported speech. Find out what to do with pronouns, tenses and word order when you report what someone else says

Linking devices: cause and effect  

Neil prefers paper books to e-books. Find out why and learn some useful phrases for talking about cause and effect in this episode of 6 Minute Grammar

The third conditional  

In this episode of 6 Minute Grammar, Neil and Catherine teach you how to use the third conditional to talk about things in the past that we didn't do

Adjectives and adverbs  

Finn and Catherine discover that chocolate biscuits are a very helpful learning tool when they talk about adjectives and adverbs in 6 Minute Grammar

The past perfect tense  

Join Catherine, Rob and Harry for lots of explanations and examples of the past perfect tense in action

Modals of deduction and speculation  

Do you know what to say when you're making a guess about a past or present situation? Join Finn and Catherine as they discuss modals in this episode of 6 Minute Grammar

Zero and first conditionals  

Neil and Catherine take a look at the zero and first conditionals. Learn how to make them and when to use them

Phrasal and prepositional verbs  

Finn and Catherine look into phrasal and prepositional verbs in 6 Minute Grammar. Listen to the examples and see if you can pick up the rules


Finn and Catherine make it bit easier to choose your words when they take a look at quantifiers including both, every, all, each, either and neither

Present perfect continuous  

Neil's got paint all over his clothes and Catherine's tired. Find out what they've been doing and learn about the present perfect continuous tense

Present tenses  

Finn and Catherine take a look at the present simple, present continuous and present perfect tenses. Find out which one to use when, listen out for lots of examples and see if you can score top marks in our quiz!

Can, could, be able to, manage to  

Neil and Catherine take a look at the meaning and use of some key words and phrases that English speakers use to talk about ability in the present and the past. Listen to some example sentences and test what you've learnt with our quiz

Did you really use to...?!  

Find out how to use 'used to' and 'would' to talk about things you did regularly in the past

Future tenses  

Finn & Catherine use will, going to, might and be likely to, to talk about the future

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