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I wish I were or I was?

April 24, 2013


If English is your second language, I suppose you might at least once hesitate whether to use were or was. There are just few things to remember and once you learn it, it becomes as easy as ABC! Were (the past tense of to be) is linked to plural pronouns (they, we or you) and […]

Any versus every

March 31, 2013


I’m there for you any time. But every time I come over, you are not there. Well, does it confuse you, too? every time – a regular action (routine or a habit) – I get nervous every time I lose a train ticket. any time – no matter when it happens (whenever) – I can […]

Linking words: Furthermore, moreover

March 27, 2013


In order to improve your fluency in writing or speaking, linking words comes handy. This time, we will be talking about furthermore and moreover, both are usually used in formal English unlike besides or except. furthermore – is more like “anyway” or “besides”, you intend to introduce a new point. E: He is smart, witty […]

Other ways of saying “angry”

March 14, 2013


There are so many words for describing someone’s anger that can really gets one’s goats! It ticks me off Don’t vex me It makes me angry It makes me furious You drive me mad It browns me off It really annoys me It’s driving me bonkers This bothers me I’m shirty I was wrathful It’s so […]

When and if

February 3, 2013


When to use “if” or “when”, if you are not sure? When is used in situation when something is certain and you know it will happen. E: I’ll tell my mother I won’t steal anymore, when I come back from the prison. use if, when you aren’t sure about something. E: If find a true love, I will give […]

Besides vs. except

October 29, 2012


Besides and except seems to have the same meaning at first, but there is a slight difference you should be aware of, just in case not to be an exception in your class.) + For besides you add something in addition. – For except you (minus) take something away. E: I’m not that picky, in fact I like all women […]

British and American W’s

October 19, 2012


The reason why British and American spelling went apart is due to a culture distinction between countries, and the aim of setting up a new language for the upcoming generation during the times of American colonization. The man behind some changes in American spelling was a lexicographer Noah Webster. He was responsible for dropping “u” in color and humor and “e” in theater and he changed […]

Should/Ought to/Had better

September 30, 2012


Team “should”, “ought to” and “had better” emphasize recommendation and advice, though each on a different level. 1. Should is light, less serious advice. 2. Ought to might not be that serious too, but being little cautious wouldn’t harm anybody. For negative clauses using ought to, we must omit “to” e.g. you ought not stay near the dog. 3. Had […]

By myself or on my own?

September 23, 2012


“By yourself” and “on your own” are often interchangeable, but there is a slight difference you might have wanted to know. But if you use one for another, no one will cut your head off.) – If you do all by yourself, you are usually lonely or alone. – If you do all on your own, you are […]

When and for

September 12, 2012


What is “for” used for? When to use “when”? That’s the question. For – prep. describing a duration of something. When – adv,conj. if two short events happen at the same time, we use when. E: When it snows, I feel happy. When Lisa lived in Sweden, she met the man of her dreams. A virus will spread […]

Adverbs of degree

August 20, 2012


Sometimes, someone is better than most of us and visa versa. Here are some adverbs that emphasize the degree. To imagine the strength of  a particular word, I decided to rate each on a scale from 1 to 10, for 10 being the most intense. It depends on the context, that’s why you don’t have to follow the rate firmly. barely 1, […]

Lend or borrow?

August 18, 2012


There is a little confusion between lend and borrow, all you should know is only to whom you lent or from whom you borrow. Lend: To give. If someone else or you own something, you lend it. Borrow: To receive. If you need something from someone, you borrow it. It’s as easy as a pie! E: I hate lending money […]

During or while?

August 10, 2012


Some of us are often confused by during and while, so let’s make it clear. As long as you remember a few of these points, you will find it as easy as pie! During – prep. is always used before a noun and you saying when an event happened. While – conj. is used when describing two […]

Between or Among?

July 29, 2012


Have you ever had trouble deciding between among and between? Or among them? Between was related to the number two in old English. It naturally follows that we should use between describing position of two objects or things. E: You are standing between me and him. E: What is the difference between Pretty woman and Cinderella? […]