Arrive in or Arrive at?

There is a lot of misunderstanding about these two prepositional phrases. Here is the explanation

Will and Would

WILL Use 'will' to talk about the future: I'll meet you on Sunday.  Use 'will' to say what you think will happen in the future: Peter will be a great pianist. He's so talented.  WOULD  Use 'would' as a past form of 'will': Brian said that he would help me. Use 'would’  for offers and … Continue reading Will and Would

Mistaken words: Sex & Gender

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 … Continue reading Mistaken words: Sex & Gender

Commonly Mistaken Words: Taste and Flavour

Words taste and flavour are not interchangeable, as many might 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 … Continue reading Commonly Mistaken Words: Taste and Flavour

Borrow vs Lend

BORROW means that something is temporarily taken from another person. Ex: Sally borrowed her dad’s car last night. Simon borrowed 50$ from Sarah. LEND means that something is temporarily given to another person. Ex: Dad lent his car to Sally last night. Sarah lent 50$ to Simon.        Get a FREE private English lesson. Test your … Continue reading Borrow vs Lend

Farther vs Further

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 … Continue reading Farther vs Further

GET vs TAKE

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 … Continue reading GET vs TAKE

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

Across vs Over vs Through

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 … Continue reading Across vs Over vs Through

Any Longer vs Any More vs No Longer

Any longer and any more (or anymore) are synonyms. When we use any longer or any more, we need to use don’t/doesn’t because the adverbs express a negative relationship with time. It is also important that we put them at the end of the sentence. However, when we use no longer, it comes between the … Continue reading Any Longer vs Any More vs No Longer