Category: Practical English hints

Use ‘ask’ correctly

Ask and Ask for Ask for: ask somebody to give something. Ask without for: ask somebody to tell something. Compare: – Don’t ask me for money. (NOT Don’t ask me money.) Don’t ask me my name. (More common than Don’t...

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Classroom phrases

Classroom phrases

The beginning of the lesson Greetings Hello everyone Good morning everybody Good afternoon class How are you getting on What a lovely day How are things with you Are you feeling better today David What a rainy day Today is...

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Usage As

Important usages of “As”

As and though adjective/adverb/noun + as + clause As and though can be used in a special structure after an adjective, adverb or noun. In this case they both mean ‘although‘, and suggest an emphatic contrast. (In AmE only as...

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Around or Round?

We use both round and around (AmEusually around) for movement or position in a circle or a curve. She walked (a)round the car and looked at the wheels. I’d like to travel (a)round the world. Where do you live? ~...

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How to use “Appear”

Appear can be a linking verb, used to say how things look or seem. It is used in similar ways to seem, but is less frequent, especially in an informal style. With this meaning, appear is followed by adjectives, not...

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Usage of any Vs every and no

Any and every Any and every can both be used to talk in general about all the members of a class or group. Any/Every child can learn to swim. The meaning is not quite the same. Any looks at things...

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How to use “Any”

Any is a determiner. It generally suggests an indefinite amount or number and is used when it is not important to say how much/many we are thinking of. Because of its ‘open’, non-specific meaning, any is often used in questions...

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How to use “another and other”

Another and other Another is one word. He’s bought another car. (NOT … an other car.) Another can mean ‘an additional, extra’. It is used with singular countable nouns. Could I have another piece of bread? Another can be used...

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