Speaking Test Strategies 24 Sophisticated grammar patterns

DIfferent ways to get to the same place

This lesson will show you how to use a couple of complex grammar points to impress test administrators and help you communicate big ideas with precision. 

Introduction: 

How do you feel about grammar? How important is it in your speaking test? 

Warm Up: 

Try answering this question: 

If you won the lottery, what's the first thing you would do?

Language: 

This lesson will focus on two specific grammar patterns. 

The future perfect continuous 
  • Next year, I will have been working for my company for 5 years. 
  • In April next year, I will have been living in my apartment for 3 years. 
  • Soon I will have been playing golf for a decade! 

Now, talk about your work situation, living situation and a hobby. Use the future perfect continuous.

The third conditional

With the third conditional, we can talk about the past. Using this negatively is a very common way to say that you are happy about what happened. 

  • ​I lived in America for a year. It was tough because my English was terrible, but I'm happy because it motivated me to study! If I hadn't lived abroad, I would not have improved my English!
  • In my first job after university, I had a really tough boss. His expectations were so high! It was tough, but if I hadn't had a strict boss, I would not have learned to work hard. 
  • If I hadn't taken lessons here, I wouldn't have met you!

Try using the third conditional to talk about one of the important experiences in your life. 

Practice: 

Now, try using one of these grammar tricks in your answers to some speaking test questions.