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This used to be my playground by Madonna

This is a beautiful ballad about wishing to keep your childhood memories when you’ve come to be an adult and life sometimes seems to be getting rougher and rougher every day. It’s all about longing for the time when you had lots of dreams and few worries. I’m not especially keen on Madonna, but I love this song.

The song is also a very good example of the verb form “used to” to express past habits or facts. Here you’ve got some links to help you understand it.

used to grammar

Exercise 1

Exercise 2

Exercise about song

ELS Quiz:  Memories_Used to

A whole lesson (BBC Learning English) with lots of activities on Used to for past habits



April 29, 2017 Posted by | 1st INT, BASIC, GRAMMAR, MUSIC | , , , , | Leave a comment

Modals of obligation, prohibition, possibility and certainty, and advice.

fair test

A student’s life: Modal verbs (listening and grammar_introduction)

There is a good choice of listening podcasts on modals from Paul’s English Podcasts. The podcast on strange UK laws is really amusing; you’ve got to listen to it!

Dictation: using modals

Modals of obligation presentation by David Manwood:


Modals of possibility and certainty by David Manwood:

Modals game

April 28, 2017 Posted by | 1st INT, 2nd INT, GRAMMAR | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

To kiss or not to kiss…


Have you ever come across a sign like this before? Well, now you can see it if you are at Warrington Bank Quay Station, in Warrington, a city between Liverpool and Manchester, in the northwest of England.

What do you think it means? How would you express that using a” modal verb”? If your answer was, ‘You mustn’t/can’t kiss at this point’, then were right. Yes, it is a prohibition sign, as you correctly guessed.

According to ITN, the sign was placed by rail bosses at the passenger drop-off point at Warrington Bank Quay station.

“The sign is a light-hearted way of getting people to move on quickly” – Virgin spokesman

Virgin Rail, which runs the station, said if passengers want to share an embrace before they part company, their loved ones should pay to park their cars nearby.

A Virgin spokesman said: “We have not banned kissing in the station.

“But we have put the sign up at the drop off point because it is not a very big area and it often gets busy with lots of traffic.

“The sign is a light-hearted way of getting people to move on quickly.”

He added: “If people wish to spend a little more time with their loved ones before they leave, then they should park in the short-stay car park nearby.”

The no kissing zone was created at Bank Quay’s drop off point ten years ago following a suggestion by the local Chamber of Commerce.

The sign was created and installed as part of a “1 million refurbishment of the station which is currently under way.

(taken from ITN )

Thsi video provides you with more information about the kissing sign.


A funny collection of strange signs 

Lots of funny signs in English

February 10, 2011 Posted by | 2nd INT, MISCELLANEOUS | , , , | Leave a comment