Prepositions of Place – AT, IN, ON

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 … Continue reading Prepositions of Place – AT, IN, ON

Usage of the word FAR

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 … Continue reading Usage of the word FAR

Adjectives with the suffix -ABLE

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. … Continue reading Adjectives with the suffix -ABLE

Causative verbs: let, make, have, get, help

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. Causative verb LET: Meaning: allow someone to do something. Structure: Let + person/thing + verb Example sentences: We couldn't let our daughter adopt a kitten because … Continue reading Causative verbs: let, make, have, get, help

When and how to use “used to”

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 … Continue reading When and how to use “used to”

Nouns Which are Only Plural

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 … Continue reading Nouns Which are Only Plural

Nouns which are only singular

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: … Continue reading Nouns which are only singular

WHO or WHOM?

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 … Continue reading WHO or WHOM?

Reciprocal Pronouns: Each Other & One Another

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 … Continue reading Reciprocal Pronouns: Each Other & One Another

Prepositions of Place

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 … Continue reading Prepositions of Place