How to express wishes

This mini lesson includes a review of verb wish. Verb wish is used to express our desire for something different from how it is now. Wish expresses a desire that is impossible or almost impossible to happen.  Grammar Practice Level of difficulty:  Wishes about present situations Put the words in the correct order Wishes aboutContinue reading “How to express wishes”

The Position of Adverbs

Adverbs are words that describe an action (e.g. She speaks slowly) or modify adjectives (e.g. This car is incredibly expensive) or other adverbs (e.g. He works very hard). They can be one word (e.g. often) or a phrase (every now and then). Common types of adverbs: Adverbs of manner describe how somebody does something. TheyContinue reading “The Position of Adverbs”

Articles (part 2)

In a previous post we discussed the basic differences between the indefinite articles (a/an) and the definite article (the). As you can see in the Introduction to articles some of the patterns for the usage of articles in English are easy to remember. However, the use of articles in English is very complex. Using articlesContinue reading “Articles (part 2)”

Advantages and Disadvantages Essay

for B1 Preliminary Cambridge Test/ IELTS An essay is a written piece where you can present an idea, propose an argument, express your emotions or initiate a debate. In an advantages and disadvantages essay your task is to describe the positive and the negative sides of a specific topic. You must include examples and reasonsContinue reading “Advantages and Disadvantages Essay”

Articles (Part 1)

Articles are tiny words that go before nouns. There are 3 common articles in English: a, an and the. A and an are indefinite articles. It means that we use them to talk about things in general = one of many. The is a definite article. It means that we use it to talk aboutContinue reading “Articles (Part 1)”

Useful Phrases for New Year’s Resolutions

A New Year, new opportunities to improve your English! It’s time to start thinking about New Year resolutions. A resolution is a firm decision to do or not to do something in the future. In English there are different ways to talk about our resolutions depending on how determined we are to accomplish them. ThereContinue reading “Useful Phrases for New Year’s Resolutions”

What to write in a Christmas Card

Let’s write some Christmas cards! Writing Christmas cards is a tradition in many many English speaking countries. The tradition of sending Christmas cards started in the mid 1800’s in the UK when a British artist created a greeting card for Sir Henry Cole to send forth to his family and friends. Sir Henry Cole thoughtContinue reading “What to write in a Christmas Card”

Christmas idioms

Christmas came earlier this year Meaning: When someone gets an unexpected surprise. Example: John got a promotion last week. Indeed, Christmas has come earlier for him this year. Good things come in small packages Meaning: Used to say that people or things do not have to be large to be good Example: A: I’m upsetContinue reading “Christmas idioms”

been to vs. gone to

Let’s talk about verb be and verb go You already know that: Base form simple past past participle be was/ were been go went gone Now, let’s say that you want to talk about your trips. If you want to talk about your trips and the places that you have visited in the past youContinue reading “been to vs. gone to”

Prefixes and Suffixes

Prefixes and suffixes are letters that we add to words. Both prefixes and suffixes are grammatical elements that belong to a group of words called affixes. Affixes sometimes seem like a crazy code. Indeed, they are like a code based on ancient Latin and Greek. The word affix means in addition to. When they areContinue reading “Prefixes and Suffixes”