CAN, CAN’T, COULD, COULDN’T

What’s the difference between CAN and COULD? CAN and COULD are very similar in the English language. Both words are very common because they have many meanings or functions. This means that both CAN and COULD can be used in various ways and different situations.   CAN COULD FRIENDLY FORM POLITE FORM ABILITY ABILITY IN THE PAST PERMISSION PERMISSION REFUSE … Read More

COUNTABLE & UNCOUNTABLE NOUNS

It is important to know the difference between a COUNTABLE and an UNCOUNTABLE noun in English.  Quantifiers such as many, few, can only be used with countable nouns while much / little can only be used with uncountable nouns.  Click here for online exercises or worksheet in pdf. It is normally easy to tell the difference between an uncountable noun … Read More

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FOR AND TO

The difference between FOR and TO in English can be a little tricky.  After some adjectives and verbs we need to use FOR but after others we need to use TO Use FOR after the following adjectives: famous grateful sorry / thankful happy / sad (for someone) prepared / ready responsible respected suitable eager late / early Use FOR after … Read More

LIST OF ENGLISH TENSES

ACTIVE TENSES SIMPLE CONTINUOUS PERFECT PERFECT CONTINUOUS PRESENT work / works am / is / are working have / has worked have / has been working NEGATIVE FORM do not work / does not work am / is / are not working have / has not worked have / has not been working QUESTION FORM Do you work / Does ... Read More

ADVERBS

ADVERBS OF FREQUENCY These adverbs are used to say when something happens.  Adverbs improve your writing and your speaking as they give a little bit of extra information about what you want to say. The most common adverbs of frequency are: always usually / normally / generally / typically often / frequently / regularly sometimes occasionally / from time to … Read More

PREPOSITIONS OF MOVEMENT

Prepositions of Movement Exercise: Click here for EXERCISE practice with prepositions of movement and direction Click on the links below to learn more about prepositions: Learn Prepositions of Place Learn Prepositions of Time

PREPOSITIONS OF PLACE

  What’s the difference between in front of and opposite? Distance. Opposite is further away (i.e. across the table) while in front of is very close. What’s the difference between under and underneath? No difference in meaning. We say under more often than underneath because it’s shorter! What’s the difference between next to and beside? No difference :). Next to … Read More

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 … Read More

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. … Read More

ALL OR EVERY?

ALL  (OF) = the whole or complete group EVERY = each item / object / person in the group  Note that ALL is used with plural nouns while EVERY and EACH are used with singular nouns. ALL or EVERY? Compare the following example sentences: All my friends love pizza. / Every friend I have loves pizza. All dogs love meat. … Read More