“Relative Pronouns”


In this week’s blog we are going to look at relative pronouns. I am going to speak about the relative pronouns ‘what’, ‘whom’ and ‘whose’. It is first of all important to understand what a relative clause is. A relative clause is a clause that we use to describe a noun. It has the same …

“The Difference Between Two, To and Too”


For many students, one of the most difficult parts of learning English is the pronunciation. It is not a phonetic language, which means we can’t simply look at a word we’ve never seen before and know how to pronounce it. This becomes especially complicated when it comes to homophones, which are words that are pronounced …

“Delexical Verbs”


Generally, verbs are words that describe actions. Run, play, talk, learn, sit, go, read, eat, watch, stand, choose, drink, etc. are all action verbs. They tell us what somebody is doing. Sometimes, however, verbs rely on the nouns that accompany them for their meaning. When this happens, we call such verbs ‘delexical’ (or ‘light’) verbs. …

“Primary Auxiliaries And Modal Auxiliaries Verbs”


This week’s blog is based on auxiliary verbs. In English there are two types of auxiliary verb, primary auxiliaries and modal auxiliaries. The three primary auxiliary verbs are ‘be’, ‘have’ and ‘do’. There are ten common modal auxiliary verbs and they are ‘can’, ‘could’, ‘will’, ‘would’, ‘shall’, ‘should’, ‘may’, ‘might’, ‘must’ and ‘ought’. Modal auxiliary …

“Word Order”


Non-native English speakers often have difficulty deciding where words should be placed in a sentence. This can create problems, as word order is extremely important in English. Unlike ‘free word order’ languages like Latin, English does not rely heavily on inflection to create meaning. In Latin, words can be moved around (to some extent) within …

“Phrasal Verbs with ‘Put’”


Phrasal verbs: the two words that are guaranteed to strike fear into the hearts of English students everywhere. But phrasal verbs, although they can seem difficult, should cause you no fear, and should be treated just like any other vocabulary word we learn. Let’s break it down first. Download Exercise What is a phrasal verb? …

“The Difference Between Reflexive Pronouns and Emphasising Pronouns”


This week’s blog is about the difference between reflexive pronouns and emphasising pronouns. I have chosen this topic because it is one that a lot of students seem to easily get confused about. Firstly we must understand when to use a reflexive pronoun and when to use an emphasising pronoun. We use a reflexive pronoun …

The Many Uses of the Word ‘Mind’


The word ‘mind,’ like the word ‘settle,’ has many different meanings. Therefore it’s a good word to be comfortable with, as there are many different situations in which you can use it.  The first is as a noun, and it refers to the element of a person that allows them to think and to be …

“¿Es un pájaro?, ¿es un avión? ¡No, es un adverbio!”


Sí, amigos, dentro de las estructuras oracionales también existen las jerarquías. El adverbio, al parecer, se sitúa a la cola del ranking funcional sintáctico. ¡Quién lo diría al recordar que, a cuenta de un deslucido adverbio, las páginas aún inéditas de “El joven Werther” a punto estuvieron de verse condenadas al olvido! […] Fuentes: El …

“The Present Simple and The Present Continuous” (Part Two)


This week’s blog is dealing with one of the most common mistakes that English learners make: the difference between the present simple and the present continuous. These tenses are often confused and used in place of each other.   I suppose the reason the two are mistaken for each other is that they are similar …