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. 


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?


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. 


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