Canadian Grammar Spectrum is a series of grammar reference and practice books for ESL students. The books are set up in two-page spreads: a brief grammar explanation followed by exercises. The books are suitable as in-class resources, homework tools, or self-study aids.
Present progressive or simple present?
Past progressive or simple past?
Present perfect or simple past (1)
Present perfect or simple past (2)
Present perfect or present perfect progressive?
Will and be going to
Present tenses for the future
Will be doing
Short forms (it's, don't)
Questions, negatives, and answers
Prepositions in wh- questions
Ability: can, could, and be able to
Possibility and certainty: may, might, could, must,
Should, ought to, had better, and be supposed to
Asking people to do things
Active and passive (1)
Active and passive (2)
The Infinitive and the -ing form
Verb + to-infinitive or verb + -ing form?
Verb + -object + to-infinitive
or -ing form
Question word + to-infinitive
Adjective + to-infinitive
For with the to-infinitive
The infinitive with and without to
Afraid to do or afraid of doing?
See it happen or see it happening?
Nouns and Articles
A/an and the
A/an, one, and some
Cars or the cars?
Prison, school, bed, etc.
On Friday, for lunch, etc.
This, my, some, a lot of, etc.
The possessive form and of
Everyone, something, etc.
Adjectives and adverbs
Interesting and interested
Adjective or adverb
Adverbs and word order
Prepositions of place
For, since, ago, and earlier
Verbs with Prepositions and Adverbs
Verb + object + preposition
Reported speech: person, place, and time
Reported speech: the tense change
Reported requests, offers, etc.
Relative clauses with who, which, and that
Relative structures with whose, what, and it
But, although, in spite of, whereas, etc.
To, in order to, so that, and for
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John Eastwood studied at Bristol and Leeds Universities. He taught English in German secondary schools before joining the English Language Teaching Development Unit of Oxford University Press. He has been a freelance author for over 30 years. John has worked on courses for German schools and
has written a number of grammar books for Oxford University Press, including Oxford Learner's Grammar and Oxford Practice Grammar.