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”

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”

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

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. Practice Time

Gerunds and Infinitives

Gerund (+) verbing (-) not verbing We use the gerund (verb + ing) After prepositions and phrasal verbs As the subject of the sentence After some verbs: admit, avoid, deny, dislike, enjoy, feel like, finish, hate, keep, like, love, mind, miss, practice, prefer, recommend, spend time/money, stop, suggest, give up, go on, etc. The infinitiveContinue reading “Gerunds and Infinitives”

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”