How to Write a Short Story for the B1 Preliminary Test (PET)

A short story is a piece of fiction that has a limited number of words and a few characters. Parts of a short story Title: It summarizes the whole story, or it is related to the main theme. The theme is the central idea or belief in a short story. Exposition: It is the beginningContinue reading “How to Write a Short Story for the B1 Preliminary Test (PET)”

Determiners: both, either … or, neither … nor

1. We use both to refer to two things, people, or animals together. We can use both + noun I like both coffee and tea. (I like coffee and I like tea) Both those women are my friends. (Those two women are my friends) We can use both of + an object pronoun We bothContinue reading “Determiners: both, either … or, neither … nor”

Quantifiers: all, most, every, and each

1.We use all + noun or all of the + a plural or uncountable noun all = in general all (of) the = specific All animals need food. All of the animals in the safari are dangerous. 2. We use everybody or everything + singular verb everybody = all people everything = all things EverybodyContinue reading “Quantifiers: all, most, every, and each”

How to make a plan to improve your English

So your dream is to improve your English. But how many times have you failed? You have spent a lot of time dreaming, thinking or talking about what you want. But you haven’t taken the necessary steps to achieve it. It’s not because you are lazy or incapable. It’s because perhaps you are confused orContinue reading “How to make a plan to improve your English”

How to Write a Formal Email

for the B1 Cambridge test (PET) or the General Training IELTS test Formal emails are the ones that people write to people they don’t know well. The language used in this type of emails is more formal and polite. informal email formal email friendsfamily memberspeople we know well people we don’t knowbosses or managersdoctors, teachersContinue reading “How to Write a Formal Email”

Clauses of Purpose

To, in order to , as to, for, and so that are words that help us talk about purposes or goals clearly and fluently. Time to practice The best way to improve your English is by practicing. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes. Remember that practice makes progress.

Clauses of Contrast

Although, though, even though, in spite of, and despite are words that help us connect contrasting ideas clearly and fluently. We use them to introduce a clause in a sentence which is in contrast to another clause in the same sentence. You already know how to use basic connectors such as so and but. InContinue reading “Clauses of Contrast”

Reporting Verbs

Reporting verbs are verbs which are used to tell someone what another person said. They are used in reported speech. Say and tell are the most common reporting verbs. However, there are other reporting verbs that we can use instead of say an tell to communicate our ideas more clearly. Example: He said that heContinue reading “Reporting Verbs”

How to describe photos and pictures

for the B1 Cambridge test (PET) In some English exams you have to speak or write about photos or pictures. Here is a list of useful vocabulary and expressions for describing pictures or photos for oral/written exams. What is there in the picture?(people, things, animals, places, etc) In the picture I can see …There isContinue reading “How to describe photos and pictures”

Past modal verbs

Modal verbs or modals are special words that give extra meaning to verbs. They go before the main verb. Examples of modal verbs: can, will, should, must, may, might, have to, used to, etc. Some past modals are used to express advisability, certainty, possibility/ impossibility in the past. Practice time