19 Expressions with “Touch” You Should Know

Are you superstitious? 🙂 Do you ever touch wood when you don't want something bad to happen to you? As a matter of fact, this custom originates from the distant past when people believed that fairies, ghosts and spirits lived in trees. Can you believe it? 🙂 In today's lesson, we will be learning some expressions with "touch".

The First Conditional

We use the first conditional to talk about real or possible future situations, to make predictions, offers, suggestions, etc. Learn about the first conditional sentences and do the quiz

Difference between “Above” and “Over”

Both "over" and "above" mean 'higher than' and in many cases are interchangeable. But there are some differences between them.

21+ Expressions with “Way”

Have you ever lost your way in a new place or learn something the hard way? Here are 21 everyday expressions with “way” you may find useful.

Ways to Complain

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 … Continue reading Ways to Complain

Other Ways to Say ‘Angry’

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.

11 Phrasal Verbs with Around

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 vs Lend

“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.

8 Ways to Say “Interesting”

There are numerous words and phrases we can use to express our interest in something. Here are eight synonyms you can use instead of the word "interesting" in your speech and writing. ENGAGING If, for example, someone's smile is engaging, it means that it is pleasant and charming.Ex: Tom was the most engaging storyteller I've … Continue reading 8 Ways to Say “Interesting”

Prepositions of Place

Here are some commonly used prepositions of place with example sentences

Collocations with ‘Move’

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 … Continue reading Collocations with ‘Move’

Expressions with “Say”

Here are some collocation with "say" to help your English sound more natural. 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 dare not … Continue reading Expressions with “Say”

6 Phrasal Verbs with ‘Come’ You Probably Don’t Know

In today's lesson, we will be learning some everyday phrasal verbs with the verb "come" which you should try to memorize and use by all means. 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 … Continue reading 6 Phrasal Verbs with ‘Come’ You Probably Don’t Know

Expressions with ‘High’

In this lesson, you can learn expressions with the adjective 'high' applicable in everyday situations and add them to your vocabulary.

24 Expressions with the Verb ‘Hold’ + 6 Phrasal Verbs

In this lesson, you'll find 24 Expressions with the Verb 'Hold' + 6 Phrasal Verbs

8 ‘Cat’ Idioms

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 … Continue reading 8 ‘Cat’ Idioms

Ways to Answer the Question ‘What Do You Do?’

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.

PEACE expressions

Here are some expressions related to peace which can help you be more eloquent and sound more natural when speaking English 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 … Continue reading PEACE expressions

Collocations about TRAFFIC

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Phrasal verbs: CALL

Here is a great opportunity to learn five phrasal verbs with "call"

Prepositions of TIME – IN, ON, AT

We normally use: IN for MONTHS, YEARS, SEASONS, DECADES, and CENTURIES ON for DAYS and DATES AT for a SPECIFIC TIME

Indefinite Pronouns

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 … Continue reading Indefinite Pronouns

25 Collocations that Describe Someone’s Personality

Do you have a tendency to exaggerate or are you brutally honest? 😐 Learn the meanings of 25 expressions which describe personality

Zero Conditional

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.

10 Time off Expressions

Here are some time off expressions which can come handy at work as well as in your daily communication in English and better understanding. 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 … Continue reading 10 Time off Expressions

10 Expressions with “Mind”

Here are 10 expressions with "mind" you must know

Relative Pronouns

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 … Continue reading Relative Pronouns

Order of Adverbs

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?

Collocations with the Word “Hope”

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. … Continue reading Collocations with the Word “Hope”

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

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

Compound Adjectives with -ED Endings

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.

9 phrasal verbs with the verb “draw”

Here is a good opportunity to learn some phrasal verbs with the verb "draw"

Word building: suffix -OUS

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 … Continue reading Word building: suffix -OUS

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.

Use of “Used to”

In this lesson, we will be learning about the use of “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

Nouns Which are Only Plural

We all know that nouns have singular and plural forms. But does this rule stand for all nouns? Here are some exceptions.There are three groups of nouns that we use only in the plural. We use them with plural verbs and plural pronouns

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.

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

Reflexive Pronouns

In today's lesson, we will be talking about reflexive pronouns. The reflexive pronouns are: Singular: myself, yourself, himself, herself, itself Plural: ourselves, yourselves, themselves

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

The Oxford Comma: yes or no?

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 … Continue reading The Oxford Comma: yes or no?

-ED and -ING Forms of Adjectives

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 … Continue reading -ED and -ING Forms of Adjectives

Tips to Help You Master Formal Language

When learning English, it is essential to work out when and how to use formal language. Informal language is usually in a casual context,so it may use abbreviations, contractions, emojis, and slang. We use it in our everyday communication with friends and family.

Punctuation

The word punctuation comes from a Latin word meaning “inserting pauses in writing.” Here are an overview and usage guide for the punctuation in English

Good & Well

The main difference between good and well is good is an adjective and well is an adverb. Things become confusing after linking verbs; we use good after linking verbs such as be, taste, sound, smell, look, seem and feel if we want to describe the subject, not the action of the verb

Much, many, a lot of (lots of)

Much, many, and a lot of (lots of) are quantifiers. We use them to talk about large amounts; we don’t know the exact amount. We usually use much and many in negative sentences and questions: + UNCOUNTABLE  NOUN    We haven’t got much water. Is there much sand on the beach? + COUNTABLE  NOUN          There aren’t many … Continue reading Much, many, a lot of (lots of)