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Review: Present Perfect vs Simple Past

Hello, dear reader, Here is the second part in our review series. There’s great confusion among language learners when they have to differentiate between the Present Perfect and the Simple Past. Most of these problems originate from the need a student might have to translate these tenses into his/her own language to better understand how […]

Colorful Words – Housing

There’s a natural tendency in all of us to keep things the way they are. However, when it comes to writing, vocabulary is a valuable tool to make your piece stand out. We tend to stick to common words, such as house, and not pay attention to the several types of housing there are.Instead of […]

Confusing Verbs: Lay or Lie?

Another pair of confusable verbs is lay and lie. Lay is a transitive verb, so it’s used with a direct object. For instance, “as the kids arrive, they lay their backpacks next to the window.” Their backpacks is the object of the verb lay. Its past is laid and so is its past participle form. […]

Confusing Verbs: Raise or Rise?

Students usually confuse the verbs raise and rise. Raise is a transitive verb, so it needs a complement. For example, “she raised her hand to ask the teacher to go to the bathroom.” Her hand is the complement. In the sentence, “Manchester Evening News raised more than one million pounds after fire destroyed dogs’ home” (Sept 15,2014 ), more than one […]

Seven Basic Steps For Writing a Good Essay

    First of all, choose a topic you feel like writing about and brainstorm on it. What do you know about the subject you have chosen and its relevance to your audience? Make sure your choice is related to a subject which you are familiar with. The more you know about your topic, the […]

Confusing Words in English – Especially & Specially

Students are generally in doubt how they should use the words especially and specially. In this post, learn once and for all which word is the correct one depending on the context of the sentence.

Past Participle in a Nutshell

Some English learners struggle to use the verb tenses correctly. In this post, we will explore the use of the past participle in the present perfect and the past perfect.

Idiomatic fruits

We all know idioms are widely used in English. All types of words can be part of an idiom, and a special group is the one about fruits. Apples, pears, bananas, peaches, cherries, etc. They can all be used idiomatically. For this post, I have selected the most common so that if you ever come […]

Sport Metaphors III

How are you guys doing? Great I hope. So, going back to our topic of sports metaphors, I’m going to talk about some that are connect to another of American’s greatest passion: Baseball.

Syndicate x Trade Union

These two words have the same meaning in Portuguese (sindicato), but there is a difference in usage between them in English.

Which Word? Some time x Sometimes

This is a very simple topic: when to use ‘some time‘ and ‘sometimes’. Some time means ‘one day’, ‘one occasion’ that is not very clear when it’s going to happen in the future. There in no idea of repetition involved. Examples: 1) Let’s have dinner together some time next week. 2) We could travel some time […]

Children’s Games – From the Past?

With the weekend approaching, it seemed a good idea to write about some games or activities children like to play or do (when they’re not hooked to their iPads or iPhones!) Maybe some of these activities were more common when you were younger, so here’s a chance to go back in time for a while. […]

Sport Metaphors II

Hello everybody.On my last post I talked to you about a few sport metaphors that are commonly used. Also they were quite general, referring to more than one sport activity. This time I want to address those that are related to American football. So, let’s start with my favorite one which is Monday morning quarterbacking. […]

I Worked There for One “Ear”

You must now be thinking I’ve gone mad, or that this post is about body parts. Relax, I want to talk about pronunciation. English language learners often have problems to say the words ear and year correctly. They are pronounced differently. Year needs to have a /y/ sound at the beginning such as when we say the words yellow or young. Ear does […]

Eat Your Way to Learning English: Pesto

Learning a language can be a daunting task, but it can also be a lot of fun! On this post, I invite you to learn English and learn how to make two delicious recipes to wow your family and friends.

Animals and the Pronoun “it”

I am animal lover, more specifically, I am a dog lover. The fact that I have three is a clear sign that they play an important role in my life. One day, during a class, I used the personal pronoun “she” to refer to one of my dogs, and one of my students gave me an inquisitive […]

Brazil News — in English!

Everyone knows that exposure plays a central role in the learning of a foreign language. And thanks to the Internet, access to authentic materials and resources in English is at the click of a mouse. However, the seemingly unlimited number of resources can be very intimidating at times! Besides, it can be difficult to know […]