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I am just adding this because some of my students have had problems with ‘ing’ actions and ‘go’ verbs.
“He went to shopping.” MISTAKE.
“He went shopping.” CORRECT.
Go to a place but don’t go to an action.
Use ‘go to’, ‘went to’ or ‘gone to’ with places.
“I went to Paris.”
“She went to work.” (‘Work’ here is a place, where she does her job.)
Use ‘go to’, ‘went to’ or ‘gone to’ with a plain verb if someone goes somewhere to do something.
“I go out to the club on Thursday night. I go to dance.”
“I go to fish for dinner at the beach.”
Use ‘go’, ‘went’ or ‘gone’ without ‘to’ for activities in special places.
“They have gone swimming.” (Most people don’t have swimming pools at home.)
“My dad went bowling.” (I don’t know anyone with a bowling alley at home).
I hope this helps. If you have any questions, leave a comment.
The adverbs ‘still’ and ‘yet’ are similar in some cases but also very different. For Japanese learners of English they can translate to the same word, and this can cause difficulty. You’re still here? You haven’t given up yet? Read on.
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When you talk to or about someone you can use their name first and then afterwards use a pronoun. The problem with this is that it you can, without bad intentions, insult people or sound ignorant.
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When you have to say something that needs to be in order you need to sequence your ideas. This can be done with the past, present and future.
There are two main ways to do it: numbering your steps or without numbers.
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Can you sum up, that is repeat something in a short way? This is what you should learn if you want to make yourself clear when explaining things.
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This post is for beginners to use ‘there’ to talk about things in places.
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When you read English for fun you might see some words you cannot find in the dictionary. Some of these have apostrophes (‘). This means they may be contractions, words made shorter by missing out letters and replacing them with apostrophes.
‘Ol’‘ just means ‘old’, doesn’t it? Yes, but not in the way you might think. There is the usage of ‘old’ to mean ‘not young’ and there is also another usage of ‘old’ to mean ‘dear, having sentimental value or being familiar’. It is mainly American, common in the Southern states and is heard a lot in country music.
“This ol’ town feels like home.”
This could mean the town is old or dear to the speaker.
“Silly ol’ me. I should have gotten up earlier for school, I guess.”
The speaker here is not old but is familiar with himself or herself.
‘Li’l‘ is easy. It simply means ‘little’.
“This crazy li’l thing called love.”
“A li’l bird told me a secret.”
Talking about periods of time and what goes on can be tough. Should you choose ‘while’ or ‘during’?
As a general rule, use ‘during’ when you follow with a noun or short noun phrases but ‘while’ for something longer.
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One of my junior high school students asked me this week, “How do I use ‘if’?”
There are four main ways, as I’ll explain below.
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