Advanced Level English Course | Describing Relationships | Alison

English Grammar and Vocabulary - Describing Relationships (Advanced Level)

Improve your English vocabulary and learn English phrases for relationships, with this free English grammar course.

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This free online English language course will teach you about the grammar and vocabulary used to describe relationships. Whether it's friends, family, or partners, relationships are a really important part of our lives and come up constantly in conversation. In this course, you will learn commonly used idioms, phrasal verbs, and collocations related to relationships including narrative tenses that talk about past habits.
  • Duration

    1.5-3 Hours
  • Assessment

  • Certification

  • Responsive






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This course will first teach you how to use 'used to + infinitive' to describe past actions which are no longer true such as 'I used to play tennis every week'. You will then study how to use 'would + infinitive' and 'would rather (not) + infinitive'. Next, the course will teach you vocabulary and phrases related to the family such as 'a nuclear family', a 'well-to-do family', and ' dysfunctional family'.

You will then study expressions pertaining to relationships such as 'to fall for someone' 'to put up with someone', and 'to hang out with someone'. The course will teach you idioms such as 'get on like a house on fire, 'on the same page', and 'fair-weather friend'. You will also learn the meaning of 'a stormy relationship' and 'whirlwind romance', 'wear the trousers', and a whole lot more!

By studying the vocabulary, expressions, phrasal verbs, and idioms taught in this English course, you will learn to express yourself much better when talking about a relationship. This will be a great boost for your English skills, and will allow you to use English in one of the most important parts of your personal life. So check out the course now, ans keep your English learning journey moving forward.

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Explain why in certain cases we can use both 'used to' and 'would'.
  • Justify why we change from the past simple to the past perfect when using narratives.
  • Relate how the past continuous and the past simple are used when telling stories.
  • Trace the difference between the past perfect and the past perfect continuous.
  • Review the use of collocations connected to families.
  • State the most appropriate phrasal verb within a given context.
  • Describe the meaning and correct usage of idioms.
  • Outline in which cases it is possible to use 'would rather (not) + infinitive with to.'
  • Analyse the correct usage of 'I wish' and 'If only' to express regret.


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