The verb “imagine” means to form mental pictures or ideas in your head. It is widely used in the English language to build various phrases and expressions. Here are some commonly used ones
We use the first conditional to talk about real or possible future situations, to make predictions, offers, suggestions, etc. If you eat that, you will be ill.If she needs a car, she can borrow mine.I’ll stay at home if it rains. The structure of the first conditional is:If/when + present simple – will + infinitive. […]
Both “over” and “above” mean ‘higher than’ and in many cases are interchangeable. But there are some differences between them.
Here are some useful expressions about success to help you on your English learning journey
The adjective “fit” has more than one meaning but in this lesson, we will discuss its meaning as “be in good physical condition”, which is related to “fitness”.
Sometimes, it can be pretty hard to tell whether something is “made from” or “made of” or even “made out from”. Let’s look at the explanation
There is a lot of confusion over the phrases “at the end” and “in the end”. How many times have you thought “I’ll never learn when to use which one.” Here is a simple explanation to guide you.
Here are some everyday expressions with “way” I’m sure you’ll adopt easily
Here are 5 ways to describe actions happening one after another
In today’s lesson, you will find a few commonly used expressions which collocate with the word “habit”
Here are some common expressions related to newspaper
It is not always clear whether to say “arrive in” or “arrive at” although it is not too complicated. Here is the explanation
Here are 9 easy commonly used phrasal verbs with “up” you must know
Here are some word combinations with the noun “money” that often go together
Phrasal verbs tend to have more than one meaning. The phrasal verb “make up” is definitely one of them. Here are four meanings of this phrasal verbs you can easily adopt.
It is a high holiday season and many of us have been looking forward to our holidays. Whether you’re going to the seaside, lakes or mountains, or have some other plans, I’m sure it’ll be useful to look at these holiday collocations: City break – a short holiday spent in a large city.Ex: Peter and […]
‘Can’ and ‘could’ are modal verbs used in a few different ways.
ANOTHER ONE – one more person or thing.Ex: The cookie is delicious. Can I have another one? ONE MORE – use it to say it is the last one.Ex: I’ll take one more piece of cake and it’s the last one, I promise. EXTRA – useful addition to the usual amount.Ex: I’d like to earn […]
As a rule, phrasal verbs usually have more than one meaning. Let’s look at the meanings of the phrasal verb “pick up”: To learn a new language without being taught. Ex: Paul picked up some Greek when he was on holiday in Greece. 2. To answer the phone. Ex: Why don’t you pick up your […]
Here are some ‘heart’ expressions which could be useful in case you want to have a better understanding and sound more natural in English: Wear your heart on your sleeve – make your feelings obvious. Ex: You shouldn’t be wearing your heart on your sleeve at work. By heart – memorize. Ex: Polly learned the […]
In case you have any doubts or insecurities about using ‘will’ and ‘would’, then this post is for you.
Here is a great opportunity to enrich your vocabulary. Learn different ways to say “useful”.
There is a lot of fuss over these two words. Some think they are interchangeable, but the fact is that there is a big difference between them. The word ‘sex’ refers to biological aspects, for example: What is the sex of the baby? It is easy to tell the sex of bees. However, the word […]
Here are some useful phrases to help you when complaining: I’m afraid I have a complaint about… I have a complaint to make… There seems to be a problem / something wrong with… Look, I’m sorry to bother you, but… Sorry to bother you, but I wish to complain about… I would be very grateful […]
Here are a few “cleaning” expressions you need to know. Nice and clean – very clean. Mary’s house was always nice and clean. Spotlessly clean – totally clean. My mother’s car is spotlessly clean. Clean up something – remove dirt. It took me two hours to clean up the mess after the party. Spring-clean– clean […]
Enrich your vocabulary with these 5 interesting expressions with the noun “story”. There may be similar expressions in your language,
Idiom: Add Insult to Injury
Are you feeling mad sometimes? Or maybe irritated while waiting in a queue? In this lesson, you will find different ways to describe these emotions.
Meet a deadline – finish work at the previously agreed time. Ex: All department was under stress, but we managed to meet a deadline. Meet the needs – provide what is necessary. Ex: We’re working to meet the needs of our customers in 2020. Meet someone’s expectations – to be as good as people think […]
Like many others, phrasal verb ‘work out’ has more than one meaning. Let’s look at a few of them: Work out 1 Meaning: to think of a solution for dealing with a problem. Ex: We have to work out a way to fit this shelf here. Environmentalists are trying to work out a solution for […]
Don’t say: Most children are INCAPABLE TO sit still for longer periods. Say: Most children are INCAPABLE OF sitting still for longer periods. Don’t say: That man is CAPABLE TO fix the tap. Say: That man is CAPABLE OF fixing the tap. Note: after the adjectives capable/incapable use the preposition OF + -ING Ex: I […]
Words “taste” and “flavour” are not interchangeable, as many may think, and we use them differently. The word TASTE refers to flavours we can feel with our senses: salty, sour, sweet or bitter. The word FLAVOUR refers to the quality of something which affects the sense of taste. Taste and flavour are both verbs and […]
Have your grandparents ever handed down something to you? Learn what it means here. Here are four phrasal verbs with the word “hand”
Are you struggling to remember phrasal verbs? 🙂 Then this is the right post for you. Here are 11 phrasal verbs with ‘around’ that may come handy any time:
“Borrow” and “lend” often confuse English students. Even some native speakers make mistakes with these 2 words! Both words describe the action of somebody temporarily giving something to somebody else.
Farther and Further are mostly interchangeable, but there is a major difference between them. We use FARTHER when it is about physical distance. Ex: He climbed farther up the hill. It is farther than I expected. We use FURTHER when it is about symbolic distance. Ex: They need to conduct further research. She didn’t want […]
Collocations are natural expressions and as such they are essential when learning a language. Here are some typical collocations with the word ‘age’: For ages – for a long time Ex: It took us ages to get out of the traffic! Look (one’s) age – appear as old as you are. Ex: You don’t look […]
ENGAGING – pleasant, charming. Ex: Tom has the most engaging smile I’ve ever seen. FASCINATING – attractive, enchanting, very interesting. Ex: The leading actress was fascinating. APPEALING – attractive, interesting. Ex: The idea of moving to Canada was appealing. CAPTIVATING – very attractive. Ex: The beauty of the tourist sight was captivating. SENSATIONAL – outstanding, […]
Here are some commonly used prepositions of place with example sentences: IN – The cat is in the cradle. INSIDE – There is some water inside the jug. IN FRONT OF – There is a beautiful garden in front of our house. BEHIND – There was a car behind them. ON – There is a […]
Here are some useful expressions with the word ‘move’ which can help your English sound more eloquent and natural: Good/bad/important/smart/clever move One smart move could stop the war. Make a move Judith couldn’t make a move when the lights went out. Move back to Move back to the old lifestyle. Move away from Move away […]
Here are some collocation with “say” to help you be more natural when speaking English: Have something/nothing to say Carla had nothing to say regarding the missing things. Want/long to say I want to say the truth! Suffice (it) to say Suffice it to say, I invested much into that business. Dare (not) say I […]
Come across – meet someone accidentally. Ex: I came across Martha at the meeting yesterday. Come down with – start being ill. Ex: I’m afraid I can’t go out with you tonight. I came down with the flu. Come forward – to offer information about something. Ex: No one came forward to witness last night’s […]
How many times have you heard these ‘don’t’ expressions on TV or on the Internet and you couldn’t understand their meaning? Here is the chance to learn more about them.
Here are some natural collocations with the verb ‘give’: Give sb a chance – allow someone to do or be something.Ex: The manager decided to give him a chance and promote him. Give the impression – opinion you have about someone.Ex: Sheila gives the impression that she cares about her work. Give your opinion – […]
In today’s lesson you will learn eight phrasal verbs with ‘over’. TAKE OVER – to have control of something.Ex: A much bigger company took over the business. PULL OVER – To move on the side of the road.Ex: The police officer asked him to pull over. SLEEP OVER – to spend the night in another […]
In this lesson, you can learn expressions with the adjective ‘high’ applicable in everyday situations and add them to your vocabulary.
If you decide to wait before you take action, it means that you’re holding your fire. If you watched the football match last night, you could see that the local team held the lead to the very end of the game. They definitely held all the aces (cards). If you’re able to hold down a […]
If you love cats as much as I do, then you might be interested in learning these ‘CAT’ idioms: When the cat’s away, the mice will play – to describe what happens when the teacher leaves the classroom/when your boss is away.Ex: They shouldn’t be so loud, but the teacher left the classroom, and when […]
The question “What do you do?” is used to ask about a person’s occupation. You should distinguish it from “What are you doing?” as it refers to your current activity.
Here are six phrasal verbs with the verb ‘hold’: HOLD TO – keep to something.She was determined to hold to her decision.Sally’s always held to her promises. HOLD BACK – retreat.Don’t hold back. Tell us what you know about it.I tried to talk to him but he held back immediately. HOLD OFF – postpone, delay, […]
Working as an English teacher for almost three decades, I’ve learned to talk about various subjects. Talking to a person you’ve just met can be challenging at times. However, engaging in these common ground topics will not only help you improve your English but also develop your social skills.
Bring about peace – to cause peace to happen.The most efficient way to bring about peace in the country is to negotiate. Hold/keep one’s peace – unwilling to talk about something.Many people had witnessed the crime but held their peace. Peace and quiet – free from disturbance.We moved to the country for some peace and […]
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Here is a great opportunity to learn five phrasal verbs with “call”
With IN, we use the following time expressions: parts of the day – in the morning, in the afternoon, in the evening months – in February, in August seasons – in spring, in summer, in autumn, in winter years – in 2017, in the 1990s With ON, we use the following time expressions: days of […]
Indefinite pronouns are: anyone, anything, anybody, anywhere, someone, something, somebody, somewhere, no one, nothing, nobody, nowhere. Indefinite pronouns do not refer to any specific person, thing, place or amount. We normally use –one, -body, -thing, -where to refer to people, things or places in a general way: Anyone could steal your purse. Someone is knocking […]
As…as We use as + adjective + as to make comparisons between the things which are equal: Sarah is as pretty as her sister. You have to pack it as carefully as you can. It’s fragile. We worked as hard as we could. Not as … as We use not as … as to make […]
Do you have a tendency to exaggerate or are you brutally honest? 😐 Learn the meanings of 25 expressions which describe personality
Conditional sentences consist of two or more clauses. One of the clauses is the “if clause” and the other is the “main clause”. In the real or zero conditional, both if clause and the main clause are usually in the Present Simple Tense.
To take time off – to be absent from work, at home, or on vacation.Ex: I’m going to take a few days off to visit my parents. To take a vacation – to take time away from work, especially when you travel from pleasure.Ex: I’m taking my vacation next month. We’re going to Greece. To take a sabbatical – […]
Here are 10 expressions with “mind” you must know
Most commonly used relative pronouns are who, which, that, whose, when and where. We normally use who for people and some pet animals and which for things. We can use that instead of who or which. The woman who (that) gave me the letter. She gave me the letter which (that) was red. This is the computer which (that) costs a lot of money. Is this the person […]
In this lesson, you will have an opportunity to learn six phrasal verbs with ‘ask’: ASK FOR – to request to see or speak to someone. Bob asked for you while you were at work. ASK AFTER SOMEBODY – ask about someone’s health. Milly asked after your dad. ASK AROUND – to ask different people […]
So and such are used to strengthen the meaning of adjectives. So is used before an adjective without a noun. For example: The film was so boring. My neighbors are so loud. Such is used before an adjective that comes with a noun. For example: It is such a lovely day today. This water pipe […]
Be absorbed in a book – be totally focused on reading. Ex: Derek didn’t hear me because he was absorbed in a book. Bedtime reading – reading in bed. Ex: Would you recommend horror stories for bedtime reading? Compulsive reading – so interesting that you can’t stop reading. Ex: More and more people are indulging […]
An adverb is a word that gives more information about a verb, an adjective, another adverb, or even an entire sentence. It can be one word or an adverbial phrase. But, how much do you know about order of adverbs in a sentence?
Here are some collocations with the word “hope” to help you adopt natural English expressions as well as build up your vocabulary: Real / sincere hope It is my sincere hope their marriage will be a happy one. High hopes High hopes of his parents were not realized. False hope Don’t give him false hope. […]
English learners sometimes get confused about the usage of these two verbs because it’s not always easy to decide which one to use. Therefore, we need to be very careful when we use them. We can say that take means to hold or pick something, while get has meanings: obtain, reach, arrive. Besides, both verbs […]
There is a lot of confusion about the prepositions AT, IN, ON related to place. The prepositions IN, ON, AT can be used to locate something. Here are some explanations altogether with example sentences. AT AT is used to describe the position of something at a particular place. Examples: at the bus (railway) station, airport […]
Compound adjectives are adjectives with two or more words and a hyphen between them.
We form them by combining an adjective or number with a noun plus -ED.
Here is a good opportunity to learn some phrasal verbs with the verb “draw”. DRAW IN – days become shorter as autumn is coming.Ex: It’s much colder and the days are drawing in. DRAW ON/UPON SOMETHING – begin using a supply. Ex: I spent all my money on vacation and now I have to draw […]
When we add the suffix -OUS to the nouns, they become adjectives. The suffix -OUS means “full of” or “having the quality of”. Let’s look at some commonly used adjectives ending in -OUS: ENVIOUS – wanting something that another person has. Ex: You shouldn’t be envious of people who have more than you do. DANGEROUS […]
FAR is usually used in questions and negative sentences: London isn’t far from Coventry. Is your job far from your house? However, in affirmative sentences people usually say “a long way”: Los Angeles is a long way from New York. FAR is used in affirmative sentences only when it appears in phrases such as: too […]
The suffix -able can be added to verbs to form adjectives that mean ‘capable of’ or ‘suitable for’. Here are some examples of the adjectives with the suffix -able: CAPABLE – having the ability to do something. Ex: I am capable of typing very fast. AFFORDABLE – cheap enough. Ex: These holiday arrangements are affordable. […]
The verbs let, make, have, get and help are called ‘causative’ verbs because they cause something to happen. As such, these verbs are used in a causative sentence structure.
The structure used to + infinitive is used to talk about past habits, jobs, or hobbies we no longer practice or which we replaced with the new ones I used to play a lot of football when I was younger; now I go to the gym. They used to be good friends, but now they […]
Ask is a very common verb in English and as such it has several meanings
There are three groups of nouns that we use only in the plural. We use them with plural verbs and plural pronouns: Your glasses are dirty. Take a tissue to wipe them. These groups of nouns are: 1) Nouns related to items consisting of two parts (glasses, scissors, jeans, trousers…) My new trousers are so […]
It’s summer time and few of us aren’t going to hit the road in search for the best tourist destination where we could have proper rest and lots of fun. I hope this post will come handy as it looks at the phrasal verbs used to talk about things when travelling. Go away – go […]
Most nouns in English have both singular and plural forms. However, there are some nouns that are only used in the singular form. These are: Names of particular people, places, events, etc. Peter, Johnson, Trafalgar Square, Easter, Saturday… Although, you can use them in the plural if you think of them in a ‘countable’ way: […]
Who and whom are interrogative pronouns. Many people live their lives without using WHOM at all, thinking that whom should be used in formal situations only. If you want to speak English properly, then you need to know about usage of both WHO and WHOM. The rule is: WHO is used in the subject position […]
We use reciprocal pronouns each other and one another when two or more people are acting on each other. Rhina and Sam saw each other yesterday. The boys helped one another do their homework. They talk to each other in French. Both each other and one another refer to either persons or things. They connected […]
Prepositions of place refer to a location of something. They answer the question ‘where’. Take a look at these prepositions of place: Above — over or higher than There was a mirror above his head. Below — in a lower level The temperature dropped to 10 degrees below zero last night. Beside — near, at […]
The reflexive pronouns are: Singular: myself, yourself, himself, herself, itself Plural: ourselves, yourselves, themselves Reflexive pronouns are used after certain verbs such as: cut, burn, enjoy, hurt, look at, amuse, dry, kill, satisfy, teach, etc. We use them when the subject and the object of the verb are the same person. I made myself a salad. He cut himself […]
ACROSS and OVER are both prepositions and adverbs. They are in most cases interchangeable. Look at these sentences: They had to go across the river to get to their house. We walked over the bridge in the misty morning. However, when the meaning is ‘from side to side’, ACROSS is preferred: I ran across the […]
The ‘Oxford comma’ or the ‘serial comma’ is an optional comma before the word ‘and’ or ’or’ in a list: They have a dog, a cat, and a hamster. Do you have this shirt in black, white, or grey colour? The reason it is called the Oxford comma is because it was primarily used […]
We sometimes use verbs ending in –ed and –ing as adjectives: I like painted furniture. Do you like smoked meat? The police are looking for a missing person. Some people say Leonardo da Vinci invented first flying machine. Many –ed and –ing adjectives describe feelings, but we use them in different ways. We use: -ed adjectives to describe how we feel: I’m confused. The students are interested. -ing adjectives to describe the thing that causes […]
Don’t you agree that “however” is a bit overused word? Well, here are some adequate alternatives: After all All the same Albeit Alternatively Although Anyhow At any rate Be that as it may But By way of contrast Conversely Despite that Even so For all that In contrast In whatever way Having said that In […]
The Definite Article THE is the most frequently used word in English. It is the same for all genders in singular or plural. Definite article is used to refer to a particular phenomenon or a thing. It can be something already mentioned or something specified. We use THE: with the words beach, cinema, theatre, world, weekend… (We’re going to the beach […]
We normally use HAVE/HAS BEEN in the Present Perfect Continuous Tense. HAS BEEN is used if the subject is third person singular (he/she/it) and HAVE BEEN is used for all other persons (I/you/we/they). The Present Perfect Continuous refers to an action that started in the past and is still continuing in the present. Examples: […]
It can be pretty hard to take notes when the teacher is speaking English in ‘light’ speed, watch a film without subtitles or even listen to a podcast. You may find yourself struggling for concentration or getting nervous because it’s ‘too fast’. It’s frustrating. You’ve been studying English for so long and you still have […]