INTERESTED OR INTERESTING?

What’s the difference between adjectives ending in ING and adjectives ending in ED? ADJECTIVES: ….ING OR …..ED? Use adjectives that end with /ed/ to describe how you feel. • I was bored during the class. • I was annoyed with the teacher. • I was tired after my lesson. Use adjectives that end with /ing/ to describe a situation or …

WHEN OR IF

WHEN OR IF? We use WHEN for something that is definite or sure to happen and IF for something that is not sure or certain. Compare the following: When I wake up in the morning, I have a coffee. When I wake up late, I must hurry.   If I don’t wake up on time tomorrow, please wake me up. …

ALL OR EVERY?

ALL  (OF) = the whole or complete group EVERY = each item / object in the group  Note that ALL is used with plural nouns while EVERY is used with singular nouns. It is not possible to use a Determiner such as the, a/an, this / that, yours, his, etc. with EVERY.   ALL or EVERY? Compare the following: I …

LOOK, SEE OR WATCH?

What’s the difference between the verbs, LOOK, SEE and WATCH? SEE The verb ‘see’ is the basic function of eyes. When our eyes are open, we see things around us whether we want or not. It is the ability (to perceive things with our eyes). EXAMPLES: I don’t see very well without my glasses. I saw a new boy at …

HOW MUCH or HOW MANY?

What is the difference between MUCH and MANY? In English many nouns (things / objects) like pens, books, oranges, etc. are COUNTABLE . We can say 2 pens, 3 books, 5 oranges. With countable nouns we use MANY. How many pens do you have?  Many things we can count are in the plural form and end with an /S/: penS, …

PREPOSITIONS OF TIME – AT / ON / IN

PREPOSITIONS OF TIME – AT / ON /IN AT = an EXACT or PRECISE time IN = PERIOD of time (months, years, seasons)           WHEN TO USE AT FOR TIME Examples: I went to the doctor at 8 o’clock this morning. The shops open at 9 a.m. I go to bed at midnight. Although we use …

SO AND VERY

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SO AND VERY? The difference between SO and VERY can be a tricky question .  SO and VERY are both adverbs which are used to emphasize an adjective or an adverb.   In many situations, you can use either SO or VERY with no difference in meaning. I’m so hungry.                                                   I’m very hungry. She played so …

How to Use CAN

It is very useful to think of the function which a modal verb such as ‘can’ provides.   Modal verbs can lend a range of meanings to the verbs that they accompany.  The function of the modal changes depending on the context in which it is used. Can – Modal Auxiliary Verb (Function & Use) Study the examples provided below: Ability I can swim. Babies …

PHRASAL VERBS WITH UP

pick up pull up stand up go up take up bring up use up   INCREASING & IMPROVING back up bring up brush up COMPLETING & FINISHING check up clear up cover up