It is easy to talk about likes and dislikes in English: “I like this” and “I don’t like that” are OK. Sometimes you want to say something a little different and ‘love’ and ‘hate’ are not what you were thinking about.
Here is a guide to using the verbs write, draw, sketch and paint which are commonly confused.
When you move up to the pre-intermediate stage in your learning there are some tricky bits of grammar that are very useful to learn. One of the main pre-intermediate obstacles is the confusion between ‘you have done it’ and ‘you have got it done/you have had it done’. Here’s how they work.
It is useful to be able to talk about decisions that you or other people have made. It causes difficulty for some people but really it is straightforward. In today’s post I’ll help you talk about decisions. The Patterns The patterns are (SUBJECT) (VERB) (PREPOSITION) (OBJECT) (SUBJECT) (VERB) (INTERROGATIVE) (INFINITE VERB) [MAYBE A PREPOSITION] [MAYBE … [Read more…]
There are times when your brain tells you that you have to do something that you don’t want to do, and times that your brain says to stop doing something but you feel like that’s impossible. Well, here is some vocabulary to help explain those situations.
In today’s post I’m going to teach you how to discuss risk and danger. It’s useful for business and also for general situations.
Regrets are difficult for students to talk about. What’s a regret? It’s wishing you could change the past by doing an action you didn’t do or by not doing an action you did do. You can express regrets by using the verb ‘regret’ in the following way. Using a gerund (‘~ing’ verb) and object: “I … [Read more…]
This post has the Business English graphic but really, it’s for anybody who needs to use banks in English. Vocabulary open an account When you want to start using a bank you have to open an account, which is a section of a bank database that says how much money you have available. close an … [Read more…]
Sometimes nouns (words for things) are used as verbs (words for actions). They are rather easy to understand although some of them really get on my nerves due to the fact that there are existing verbs that can be used for the same job. I also prefer the sound of the longer expression of the … [Read more…]
Last week I showed you some phrasal verbs with ‘pop’. Today I’ll show you some phrasal verbs with ‘drop’. Drop off Fall asleep I can never fall asleep at night but I have no problem dropping off in college classes. It takes me an hour before I drop off to sleep at night. Take someone … [Read more…]