How Long Does It Take?

The phrase “how long does it take” refers to the length of time needed to perform an action. A: How long does it take to travel from London to Coventry? B: It takes an hour by train. A: How long does it take you to build the garage? B: I guess it’ll take me about… Continue reading How Long Does It Take?


Formal Letter

A formal letter is a letter written to someone you do not know, therefore you should generally use more formal language than in letters you write to your family or friends, avoid phrasal verbs and involve more complex sentence structure. Here are some useful phrases for formal letter writing: Dear Mr/Ms (surname),                             Dear Sir/Madam/Sir or… Continue reading Formal Letter


Order of Adjectives

We sometimes put more than one adjective in front of a noun. We put ‘opinion’ adjectives (what we think, not facts), e.g. amazing, boring, comfortable, before others: Look at these amazing multi-colored tropical fish. I love my comfortable old leather armchair.  We put adjectives describing type or purpose (what something is for) next to the… Continue reading Order of Adjectives


Much, many, a lot of (lots of)

We use much, many and a lot of to talk about a large amount; we don’t know the exact amount. ·         We usually use much and many in negative sentences and questions: + UNCOUNTABLE  NOUN    We haven’t got much water. + COUNTABLE  NOUN          There aren’t many cans of cola. ·         We use a lot of… Continue reading Much, many, a lot of (lots of)