How to Learn English

The ideal way of studying a language hasn’t been found yet, but here are some advice on how you should study a language in order to get on fluency and build self-confidence. We all know that everyone learns differently but here are some methods you could use. If you’re diligent and persevere to them, I … Continue reading How to Learn English


Adverbs – Formation and Meaning

Analyse the sentence: I could hardly stand. Is the word hardly an adjective or an adverb? How is it formed? Remember: Adverbs are normally formed by adding -ly to the correspondinf adjective; e.g. easy - easily, quiet - quietly, successful - successfully A few adverbs have the same form as the corresponding adjectives: e.g. fast, … Continue reading Adverbs – Formation and Meaning


There are many phrases in English that use two words connected with 'and'. For exampl wine and dine, home and hosed. These expressions are known as binomials. In these phrases the word order is usually fixed; we always say 'wine and dine', we never say 'dine and wine'. Home and hosed – safe and successful. … Continue reading Binomials

Had Better

“Had better” is normally used with infinitive without to to give advice about specific situations or make recommendations. We use the same form for present, past or future without changing the ‘had’ into ‘have’. The short form is 'd better. Ex: You’d better go to school now.        We’d better tell her all about it. … Continue reading Had Better

Question Tags

Question tags are very common in spoken English. We use them to keep conversation going by involving listeners and inviting them to participate. The most common patterns are: positive sentence – negative tag, or negative sentence – positive tag. You’re Jenny, aren’t you? It isn’t a very nice day, is it? We repeat the auxiliary … Continue reading Question Tags

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


Special rules for possessives: We can have two possessive’s forms together: We are fed up with our neighbor’s tenants’ loud music. If the possessive form consists of a compound noun or two or more nouns which form a single team or group, we add the ‘s to the last noun only: Are you coming to … Continue reading Possessives

Hope vs Wish

There is a lot of confusion about the difference between these two words. The word HOPE is used to talk about possible situations that we desire in the past, present or future which are possible. For example: I haven’t looked the weather forecast yet. I hope it’s sunny. I hope you have a nice holiday. I … Continue reading Hope vs Wish