Category: Practical English hints

How to use besides, except and apart from

These expressions are sometimes confused.Besides usually adds: it is like saying with, or plus (+). Besides the violin, he plays the piano and the flute. (He plays threeinstruments.) Except subtracts: it is like saying without, or minus (-). I like...

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Begin or Start?

We can use the verbs begin and start to mean the same thing but begin is more formal than start. Begin is an irregular verb. Its past simple form is began and its -ed form is begun. Begin and Start Begin and start can both be used with the same meaning. I began/started...

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How to use ‘Before’

Before is an adverb, a conjunction, and a preposition. Before means earlier than the time or event mentioned: Can you call me back before 5 pm, please? I met her just before she left. Before: adverb We can use before to mean ‘at any time before now’....

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How to use ‘Because’

Because and Because of Because is a conjunction. It is used at the beginning of a clause, before a subject and verb. Because of is a two-word preposition, used before a noun or a pronoun. Compare: We were late because...

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Back vs Again

Back and again can be used with similar meanings, but there are some differences. With a verb, we use back to suggest a return to an earlier situation, a movement in the opposite direction to an earlier movement, and similar...

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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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