CONFUSING VERBS

Lay / Laid / Lie – Confusing VERBS at C1 or Advanced Level of English These 3 irregular verbs are very similar in meaning and also have similar past participles.  Read the explanation to uncover the differences below. Verb to lay – takes a direct object (lay something down) Meanings: (a.) to careful put something in position, (b.) to reproduce … Read More

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 … Read More

CHRISTMAS VOCABULARY

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CHRISTMAS VERBS

CHRISTMAS VOCABULARY GO SHOPPING BUY GIFTS (PRESENTS) WRAP GIFTS OR PRESENTS GIVE SOMEONE A GIFT BAKE COOKIES MAKE A GINGERBREAD HOUSE HANG UP A STOCKING WRITE A LIST FOR SANTA HAVE A WHITE CHRISTMAS BUILD A SNOWMAN GO ICE-SKATING What’s the difference between Christmas and Xmas? Christmas is the ‘original’ or Christian way to spell the word. As the saying … Read More

CONNECTING WORDS

ADDING In addition (to this), also as well (as) in other words that is to say moreover furthermore   CONTRASTING however nevertheless, in contrast (to) instead (of) similarly conversely on the contrary otherwise neither…. nor either….or   CONSEQUENCES & CAUSES As a result consequently so due to (the fact that..) in order to since   EMPHASIZING in fact actually as … Read More

TIME EXPRESSIONS

TIME IS MONEY TAKE YOUR TIME WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SPENDING, WASTING AND KILLING TIME? TIME MANAGEMENT WHAT’S CORRECT DEADLINE OR DUE DATE? WORK AGAINST THE CLOCK TIMELINE RED LETTER DAY MAKE MY DAY WHAT A DAY CALL IT A DAY DRESS UP DAY ABOUT TIME ON TIME TIME FLIES WASTE TIME (in waiting) WHEN THE TIME COMES TIME WILL … Read More

STUDY or LEARN?

What’s the difference between learn and study? My students often ask me this question and the answer is quite easy!  Here’s the explanation below: LEARN – use the verb ‘learn’ to talk about new information or experience.  Examples: 1). In English class today, we learned some new vocabulary.  2).  I’m learning English at school.  3). You can learn a language … Read More

CLOTHES VOCABULARY

VOCABULARY FOR CLOTHES VERBS for Clothes: to take a (small/medium/large) size to try on something in a shop to put on your clothes / to get dressed to take off your clothes / to get undressed ADJECTIVES TO DESCRIBE CLOTHES DIALOGUE IN A SHOP Customer: Good morning, I’m looking for a new dress. Sales Assistant: What kind of style are … Read More