Tagged: Practical English Hints

Between or Among?

between two We say that something is between two people, things, or groups of things. She was standing between Alice and Mary. a long valley between high mountains Between is often used to talk about distances or intervals. We need...

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How to use: Bet

I bet (you) can be used in an informal style to mean ‘I think it’s probable that‘. That is usually dropped. I bet (you) she’s not at home. (More natural than I bet (you) that she’s not at home.) I’ll...

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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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