ESL Blues
(Original Index)

Pre-intermediate to high-intermediate level English

This is the old index. It still works fine, but for the latest, more interactive, pages, you should go to the ESL Blues New Index Page. It combines all of the quizzes, games and tutorials found here with many new ones that work on all devices: smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktops, TVs.    

Because some of the diagnostic quizzes (see below) are still linked to this, the old index, it will remain online for the foreseeable future.

Note, however, that all the new quizzes, games or tutorials, including many for beginners, can only be found on the new index.

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There are many quizzes for entry-level students (beginners) listed on the new index. They are not listed here.

   Adjectives, Articles, Adverbs, etc.
Count and non-count nouns: Flash Quiz 1   Quiz 2   Quiz 3   Quiz 4   (1)
Create your own web page (1)
Family Ties:  Apostrophe s + vocabulary test (1)
Family Ties 2 (1) Timed Flash quiz/game.
Frustrating:  Adjectives ending in -ing/-ed   (1)
A Good Job:  Adjectives ending in -ing/-ed (1)
I'm Exhausted:  Flash quiz on adjectives ending in -ing/-ed (1)
Male/Female Words:  Flash quiz on matching words (1)
Night Skiing:  Use of how much/many    Original HTML quiz (1)
Opposites   Flash Quiz 1     Q2     Q3     Q4     Q5     Q6     Q7   (1)
Ordering Breakfast:  Use of a, an, some   Original HTML quiz  (1)
Place Names with or without 'the:'   (1)
Potatoes and Potato Chips:  Noun plurals (1)
Question Words:  Flash drag-and-drop quiz (1)
Call This a Party!  Some-/any-/no-body, etc (2)
Timed quizzes on high numbers (Flash):   Quiz 1    Quiz 2 (2)
Timed Quizzes on High Numbers, Listening (Flash):  Quiz 1  Quiz 2   (2)
Such a hard quiz!  Using Such/Such a(n) with count/non-count nouns (2)
The Camping Trip  Myself, yourself, each other, etc (2)
     See also: Double quiz on superlatives(1)
     See also: Double quiz on comparative/superlatives (2)

Animated Grammar Tutorials
Verb To Be Past Tense Questions plus more links (1)
Verb To Be Present Tense Questions plus more links (1)
Past tense: yes/no questions (1)
Animated Tutorial
Past tense: negative forms (1)
Animated Tutorial
When to double final consonants (1)
Animated Tutorial with Quiz

Be (I am, you are, etc.)
Animations: Questions with links to more.
Asking Questions Flash quiz with as-you-write feedback. (1)
How Old Are You? Flash multiple-choice quiz with feedback. (1)
I'm booking A Flight: There is/are. (1)
In My Apartment There's a ... Flash quiz. (1)
Personalized quiz Asking questions (1)
Renting an Apartment: There is / are.(1)
Stuck in Traffic: Present tense forms.(1)
Telephone Job Interview: Asking questions. (1)

Common Errors (from student compositions)
Modern Manners: Quiz (1)
Common Errors:  Flash multiple choice with feedback. (1)
Common Errors 2:  Flash multiple choice with feedback. (1)
Common Errors 3:  Flash multiple choice with feedback. (1)
Common Errors 4:  Flash multiple choice with feedback. (1)
Modern Love: Troubleshooting and quiz (2)
Part-Time Work and School: Troubleshooting and quiz (2)
Minor Irritations: Quiz (2)

Double Quizzes (trivia quizzes plus grammar)
Pot Luck  Focus: Past affirmative forms: regular/irregular (1)    (medium)
Pot Luck  Focus: Present simple (1)    (easy)
Pot Luck  Focus: Present simple questions (1)    (easy)
Pot Luck  Focus: Questions -- All Tenses (1)    (medium)
Pot Luck  Focus: Question words (1)    (medium)
Pot Luck:  Focus: Comparatives/Superlatives (Win a prize) (2)    (medium)
Pot Luck:  Focus: Passive verb forms in past (2)    (medium)
Pot Luck:  Focus: Superlatives (2)    (medium)
Pot Luck:  Focus: Verb forms (2)    (medium)
Space/Exploration:  Focus: Active/passive verbs (2)    (difficult)
     See also: Make it true (negative, present simple verb forms)(1)    (medium)
     See also: History trivia (affirmative, negative, past tense forms) (1)    (medium)

Past Tenses
Animations: Questions | Be - Questions | Negatives
List of Irregular Verbs + Rules
Flash quizzes on irregular forms:     A-B     C-D     E-F     G-H (1)
Flash quizzes on irregular forms:     K-M     P-S    S1     S2     T-W (1)
Flash review quizzes on irregular forms:     Quiz 1     Quiz 2 (1)
Flash quiz on verbs with similar past/present tense forms. (1)
Flash quiz on regular/irregular verbs. (1)
Flash word game past forms: Puzzle 1(1)  Puzzle 2(1)
     Puzzle 3(1)   Puzzle 4(1)   Puzzle 5(1)   Puzzle 6(1)
A Birthday Party:  Past tense questions (1)
A Disastrous Day  Flash quiz on irregular forms (1)
My Beard  Flash quiz on irregular forms (1)
Asking Questions:  Flash writing quiz with as-you-write feedback (1)
The Hockey Game:  Flash quiz on irregular forms (+ vocabulary) (1)
The Hallowe'en Party:  Affirmative forms (1)
A Little Accident  Flash quiz on irregular forms (1)
History Trivia:  A double quiz on past tense affirmatives and negatives (1)
Questions:  Flash multiple choice quiz (1)
Was Playing / Played:  Flash quiz on past and past in progress (1)
A Shorts Story:  Questions, was /were (1)
Dancing Duo:  Past vs. present perfect (how long?) (2)
Detective Story:  Reading for quiz that follows (detailed comprehension) (2)
Murder or Suicide:  Questions (2)
Hit by a Hurricane:  Affirmative and negative forms (2)
How long:  Flash quiz, past vs. present perfect (duration using for) (2)
Present perfect Irregular forms  Flash quiz with instant feedback (2)
A Ski Accident  All Tenses, focus on Imperfect (2)
What a Night!  Past perfect (had seen, etc.) (2)
Wish I Were There.  All tenses (2)
Bill Gates' Car:  Passives (past tense/other tenses) (3)
A good time to be away:  Passives (past tense) (3)
Hurricane:  Past tense passives (3)
     See also: Double quiz on regular/irregular forms (1)
     See also: Double quiz on past tense passives (2)
     See also: Game: Past Tense Minefield (1)
     See also: Game: Past Tense Minefield with Earth Tremors (1)  
     See also: Game: Past Tense Minefield with Timer (1)  

Present Progressive (I'm playing, etc.)
Having Fun in Old Montreal:   Flash quiz on progressive forms(1)
Hurricane on the Way:  A news report (1)
What are you doing? Asking Questions + Listening (1)
I'm Going to a Party:  Asking questions (2)
Fun and Games: A Clothes Test, or rather, a fun puzzle (1)

Present Simple (I play, etc.)
Almost a double quiz:  Negative, use/non-use of s ending, etc. (1)
Asking Questions? Flash quiz with as-you-write feedback.
Bill Gates and I:  Use/non-use of s ending, plus antonyms (1)
Bill and I (again):  Negative forms (1)
Hurricanes Happen:  Difference between the two present tenses (1)
Questions:  Flash multiple-choice quiz (1)
What do we do?  Flash quiz on questions, negative, etc. (1)
I'm Doing a Quiz:  Non-progressive verbs (2)
     See also: Double quiz on affirmative forms (1)
     See also: Double quiz on question forms (1)


Present simple versus progressive
Broken Down Blues (1) Flash drag-and-drop quiz (peapod)
His Favorite Sport:  Simple vs. progressive (1)
How Are You?  Timed Flash quiz on simple questions and answers (1)
Oh No! Not Another Quiz!  Simple vs. progressive (1)
Quick Quiz:  Grammar-book style quiz (1)
Vacation in the Sun:  Interactive flip quiz (1)
Who's playing? / Who plays? Easier version (1)     More difficult version  (2)
A Used Car:  Simple vs. progressive (2)
Dissatisfied Customer:  Simple vs. progressive (2)
Montreal's Old Port: Simple vs. progressive (2)
Tamtam in the Park: Simple vs. progressive (2)
     See also: Hurricane on the Way (1)
     See also: Hurricanes Happen (1)

Reading: Shark (2)

Detective Story (2) Urban Legends (3) Verbs: Different Tenses, Infinitives, Gerunds, etc.
Asking Questions (Flash): Quiz 1   Quiz 2  Different tenses. (1)
Montreal Drivers:  Negatives, different tenses (1)
My Friend Luisa:  Complete the sentence (1)
That's Absolutely False  Flash quiz on negative verb forms (1)
Do it:  Flash quiz on infinitives, gerunds, etc (2)
I Like Doing / to Do It  Flash quiz on infinitives, gerunds, etc (2)
I Really Like Doing / to Do It  Another Flash quiz (2)
Not a Waste of Time Flash quiz on negative verb forms. (2)
Walking the dog:  Use of must, have to (2)

Vocabulary: Problem Words
The Day of My Birth:  Java quiz on prepositions (general,
but especially related to time)
Differences between British and American English:   Flash (1)
Off to the Airport:  Prepositions: to / at (1)
See you at the show. Timed Flash quiz on prepositions to / at (1)
More Prepositions (general)  Timed Flash Quiz (1)  
Prepositions (general)  Timed Flash Quiz (1)  
Do this quiz. Make no mistakes:  Do / make (2)
In- or Im- before adjectives etc.  Timed Flash Quiz (2)
At   In   On  Java quiz on prepositions (2)
Tell Me What You Said:  Say / tell (2)
Live Free or Drown:  Say / tell (2)
Student Loan Blues:  Java quiz on prepositions (general) (2)
Proverbs:  Java quiz on meaning of proverbs (3)


Tutorial: HTML Basics               

Activities for ESL Students - I highly recommend this
free site with online quizzes, exercises and puzzles to help you
study English.

Common Errors Explained


A, an, some:   Original / Newer version

Bor-ED / Bor-ING:   Original / Newer version

DO / MAKE:   Original / Newer version

HOW BIG, HOW ...   Original / Newer version

MUST / HAVE TO:   Original / Newer version

My/yourself, Each Other, Etc:   Original / Newer version

Irregular Verb List + Rules :   Original / Newer version

Past Tense Forms:   Original / Newer version

Present (I'm playing, etc.):   Original / Newer version

Present (I play, etc.):   Original / Newer version

Present (I don't play, etc.):   Original / Newer version

Present (Do you play? etc.):   Original / Newer version

I GO / I AM GOING Etc:   Original / Newer version

Present - Non-progressive Forms:   Original / Newer version

SAY / TELL:   Original / Newer version

Something, Anything, Nothing, Etc:   Original / Newer version

TO Versus AT:   Original / Newer version


See also Animations (A)
     and Examples (E):

     Doubling Final Consonants (A)
     Past Tense Negative Forms (A)
     Past Tense Yes/no Questions (A)
     To Be Present Tense Affirmative (E)
     To Be Present Tense Negative (E)
     To Be Present Tense Questions (A)
     To Be ¨Past Tense Affirmative (E)
     To Be Past Tense Negative (E)
     To Be Past Tense Questions (A)

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This page was last updated on August 30th 2014 for information purposes only. As indicated above, many pages are being redesigned for both smartphone and desktop viewing. These will only appear on the New Index for ESL Blues page.

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