How to prepare for the First Certificate

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30 minute First Certificate Lesson Here – Free How to prepare for the First Certificate Exam Introduction Preparing for Cambridge exams is not straightforward, especially when you get to B2/C1 level. I will try to explain why in this article and give you advice on how to prepare for the First Certificate (FCE) exam. This article […]

Persons or People

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A long time ago ‘persons’ was used instead of ‘people’. While ‘persons’ is still used in some set phrases, the plural of ‘person’ is now commonly known as ‘people’. E.g. “Today a person asked me if I know where the bank is”. “Today 10 people asked me if I know where the bank is”. Remember, […]

Do I say House or Home

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Do I say ‘HOUSE’ or ‘HOME’ Sometimes it will be difficult when to know which word to use: “I left my books at my house” “I left my books at home” Both of these sentences are fine. But the general rule is that ‘House’ refers to the physical building whereas ‘home’ has more of a […]

Subject and Object

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In English sentences, normally one thing (1) does something to another thing (2). So 1 does the action and 2 receives it.   E.g.         I (1) kicked the ball (2). The girl (1) drove into the tree (2).                 He (1) hit us (2) with a bat. Below is a table of subjects and […]

Say or Tell

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If you want to understand the difference between say and tell you should quickly read of the ‘subject or object’ blog on this website first. Some verbs are followed by a direct object and some are not. The word tell is always followed by a direct object… E.g. I told him to leave the classroom […]

DO/DOES – Emphasis & Confirmation

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In English, people often use the words ‘do’ and ‘does’ to add emphasis or to add confirmation to a sentence so watch out! The verb changes depending on the subject and the verb tense (past, present etc) it is also followed by the bare infinitive form of the following verb. Emphasis – E.g. “This website […]

Bare/Full Infinitive = base form of a verb

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The original form of a verb is called an ‘infinitive’. A ‘full infinitive’ has the word ‘to’ before it, e.g. ‘I went to watch the James Bond film’. A ‘bare infinitive’ does not have the word ‘to’ before it, e.g. ‘You should watch the new James Bond film!’ Sometimes infinitives are called ‘base forms’. If […]

What are Regular and Irregular Verbs in English

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With regular verbs, you normally add ed to the infinitive to use it when talking about the past, E.g. I walked into the room. Sometimes the verb will end –ing, (gerunds & continuous tenses), E.g. I was walking into the room when I tripped over. Irregular verbs are different. Below is a list of irregular […]

Learn English – Verb+ing or Infinitive

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Sometimes it is difficult to know when to use verbing or to verb. Why is this tricky for language learners? There are not many rules on this topic, so here is some helpful information… 1. Sometimes both to verb and verbing can be used in the same sentence with no change in meaning. E.g. ‘I […]

Independent or Independant

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Some words can look very similar, but are different. Dependent – is an adjective – something requires support from something else. E.g. Solar power is dependent on the sun. Dependant is a noun – someone who relies on someone else for financial support.