Verb Tenses: Choose the right one With my birthday less than two weeks away, I am about to enter / would enter my 30s. Yes. I’m going to be 30. Please give me a moment as I have mourned / mourn the loss of my youth. (mourn=lament) Okay, I’m exaggerating / I exaggerate. I really [...]Read Full Article »
|May 20th, 2013||Tweet||
Choose the right option: I am meeting / meet some friends tonight for dinner. James is working / works for a construction company—he’s been there since 1990. Mary and I aren’t understanding / don’t understand rocket science. Now I am wanting / want to try the new steakhouse they opened down the street. I just [...]Read Full Article »
|January 25th, 2013||Tweet||
These two words can be confusing because they both refer to the end of a series. But they are easy to distinguish.
We use latest to refer to the most recent example of something. There is no implication that there will be no more.
I really like Amy MacDonald’s latest CD—have you heard it?
This is the latest in a series of high-quality beauty products we offer you.
|January 23rd, 2013||Tweet||
In English in order to express a preference for something we can use I´d rather (=I would rather):
Subject + would rather + subject + past tense
I´d rather you didn´t tell my parents I am having a party on Saturday.
I´d rather we went to Cádiz, but my mom wants to go to Mallorca.
|August 2nd, 2012||Tweet||
Let´s have a look at the following sentences. What is the difference in meaning between them? Carlos has had this car since 1996 Carlos had this car in 1996. The first sentence means that Carlos bought the car in 1996 and he still has the car. In the second sentence, Carlos had the car in [...]Read Full Article »
|June 7th, 2012||Tweet||
Can you put the words and phrases from the box in the correct column?
the shopping – home –the flu– reservation – sad – sure – friends – a photo – a favour – care
a complaint – homework – the bed – the ironing – somebody out – your time
|March 15th, 2012||Tweet||
These two verb expressions are often confused by non-native English speakers. Let’s look at the differences.
Both of the verbs involve the idea of buying something. So, what’s the difference?Read Full Article »
|December 1st, 2011||Tweet||
These are to verbs often confused by non-native English speakers. Let’s look at the differences.
Both of the verbs involve the idea of having an intense conversation. So, what’s the difference?
|November 17th, 2011||Tweet||
I hear a lot of incorrect use of the phrasal verb ‘to go out.’ Why is this?
I think this is because the Spanish verb for this idea, salir, has two translations in English.Read Full Article »
|October 28th, 2010||Tweet||
The structure used for the words suggest and recommend is somewhat unusual for non-native speakers.
The structure is the same for both verbs. Let’s look.Read Full Article »
|September 27th, 2009||Tweet||