Hi dear English learners! Have you ever wondered whether (or if?) there is a difference between whether and if? They seem to be synonymous but are they really interchangeable? I can tell you that there are some differences in their use. Let’s find out – whether or if – what’s the difference?
The reason why English learners often confuse these two verbs is probably that in most languages, there is no difference between wish and hope. The main point is that these two verbs are similar; they both express desire, or in other words, they mean “to want something”.
Hi dear English learners! Have you ever wanted to be alone because you needed some time for yourself? Has there been another occasion when you longed for someone’s company and felt lonely? I get this question a lot so I thought it wouldn’t be a bother to explain the difference between alone and lonely. Both words are adjectives and I’ve seen them considered synonymous in many dictionaries but they happen to be quite different.
Hi dear English students. You might have wondered which word to use and you weren’t sure. Are the words allow, permit, let and enable synonymous and what is the difference between them? That’s the topic of today’s blog entry. Well, we can say that allow, permit and let are synonymous words and they mean ‘to give permission‘. However, enable is different; it means to make it possible for someone to do something and it has nothing do to with permission but with ability.
You’ve most probably seen these three conjunctions many times. My students often ask me about their pronunciation and sometimes can’t understand that although and though mean the same but though can be used at the end of a sentence, with the same meaning; probably because it is quite different in other languages.
The verbs bring and take are common and frequently used verbs in English. As such, they form many collocations, phrasal verbs, etc. However, they are often confused because they both describe the movement from one location to another and sometimes it is not easy to decide whether something was brought or taken. Also, make sure not to mistake bring and take with fetch, because that’s one of the common mistakes English students make.