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