Here are some expressions with the word "big" to make you sound smarter: big brother, big decision, big deal, ...
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
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 5 ways to describe actions happening one after another
Collocations are groups of words that naturally go together. To sound natural, you need to know collocations. In today's lesson, you will learn a few commonly used expressions which collocate with the word "habit"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 … Continue reading Holiday Collocations
'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 … Continue reading Other Ways to Say ‘Another’
As a rule, phrasal verbs usually have more than one meaning. Let's look at the meanings of the phrasal verb "pick up":
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 … Continue reading “Heart” Expressions
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 … Continue reading Mistaken words: Sex & Gender
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
In order to learn the language properly, we need to know expressions such as collocations, phrasal verbs, idiomatic expressions, etc. Here is a great way for you to improve and enrich your vocabulary. Meet the verb “meet”!
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 … Continue reading Phrasal verb: Work Out
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 … Continue reading Common Mistakes: Capable/Incapable of Doing Something
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 … Continue reading Commonly Mistaken Words: Taste and Flavour
Have your grandparents ever handed down something to you? Learn what it means here. Here are four phrasal verbs with the word "hand"
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
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 … Continue reading Collocations with ‘Age’
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 – … Continue reading 20 Collocations with the Verb ‘Give’
In todays lesson, you will learn 8 must-know phrasal verbs with "over"
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 … Continue reading Comparison of Adjectives with as … as, not as … as, etc.
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 … Continue reading 6 Phrasal Verbs with ‘Ask’
In today’s post, I will try to explain the difference between “so” and “such”. “So” and “such” both mean “very”. They are used to strengthen the meaning of adjectives.
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 … Continue reading Collocations about BOOKS
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 to concentrate or getting nervous because it’s ‘too fast’. It’s frustrating. You've been studying English for so long and you still have … Continue reading 7 Tips to Help You Improve Your Listening Skills
Here are 28+ commonly used expressions with "change" you might use to make your English sound more natural. I'm sure you'll like some of them as well as use them frequently.
Any longer and any more (or anymore) are synonyms. Unlike any longer and any more, no longer is used in positive sentences because it makes the sentence negative.
Also, as well and too are adverbs that have a similar meaning but they do not go in the same position in a sentence.
"Keep" is one of the most common verbs in English, and it forms lots of phrasal verbs, collocations and idioms. Here are some of them to help you express yourselves more naturally
Here is an overview of personal and impersonal passive constructions in English
When we give our opinion, we say what we think about something. We can express our opinion in many different ways, but we should take care of the way we’re expressing it. The thing is that we should try not to be too direct as it may be contradictory to someone else’s opinion. Here are … Continue reading Ways to Express Your Opinion in English
We make requests when we ask someone to do something for us. Therefore, we should be polite and try not to be too direct. For example, we shouldn’t say: “Lend me your car for the weekend” because the person we’re asking for a favour will most probably not lend us the car because we sound rude.
There is a lot of confusion about these two words because they are similar in meaning. Here are some important differences between them:
If we want to speak a foreign language properly, we need to learn the words that ‘collocate’ (go together) to sound natural. Here are some commonly used collocations about physical appearance:
In this post, we are going to focus on vocabulary related to work in English so that you can get a greater knowledge of this specific vocabulary. Below are some words that you may come across when searching for a job or on the job altogether with example sentences
If you are a foreign language learner, then you probably often find yourself translating words and sentences from your native language to the language you’re learning or vice versa. As a matter of fact, it is a natural thing to do. Yet, you could add to your fluency if you stopped doing it. Here … Continue reading 4 Tips to Stop Translating in Your Head and Start Thinking in English
Here are some common English expressions which could be useful in many different situations: Save a bundle – save a lot of money.Ex: I saved a bundle by buying things on sales. Save one’s breath – it’s no use talking to someone if they’re not listening.Ex: Save your breath! They can’t hear you because of … Continue reading Expressions with ‘SAVE’
The English language has a very developed phraseology. Idioms make a great part of it. Here are 8 idioms using animals which are impossible to be understood unless you know their meaning.