“False Friends”


Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 This week we are going to look at some false friends between English and Spanish. False friends are what we call words that look very similar but the actual meanings of the words are very different. It is very common to see a word and try to equate it …

“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 …

“There, They’re and Their”


As we saw in this week’s Tip of the Week, we’re discussing the word “there” and how it sounds like other words with different meanings. What part of speech is “there”? How do we pronounce it and use it in a sentence? Well, the difficulty comes from the fact that the word “there” is a …

‘Bring’ vs. ‘Take’


The verb ‘bring’ means ‘carry here.’ For example, you can tell someone: ‘bring me the book, please.’ If, at the time of speaking, you’re at work, you can say: ‘I forgot to bring my lunch to the office today!’ Again, the important thing to note is that when you said the above sentence, you were …

“How To Translate The Verb ‘Tener’ In English”


-I have seven brothers and two sisters. -He has no idea that we’re planning a surprise party for him. -We had to tell her not to bring her cat to work. (past tense) Notice that all of the above examples feature positive sentences. When making questions and negative sentences with the verb ‘have,’ we need …

“How To Do Compositions”


When you are doing a composition you should plan it beforehand and then take your time when writing it. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to rush through it and not pay enough attention to what you are writing. Remember that you are learning a new language and it is quite different …

“Present Simple and Present Continuous Tenses”


I suppose the reason the two are mistaken for each other is that they are similar in sound when speaking. I often hear students saying “I am speak” or “I speaking” etc. Apart from using the wrong tense, students often use the wrong structure. In this blog I am going to go through the important …

“The Importance of Prepositions”


For example, the difference between “to” and “at” in the context of throwing a ball could save your life. If someone tells you they want to throw a ball TO you, they mean that they want you to be ready to catch it. However, if someone says I am going to throw this ball AT …

“Determiners”


There are two main types of determiners: specific and general. Let’s look at specific determiners first. The definite article – ‘the’ – is a specific determiner. If we say ‘the table’, it is assumed that both the speaker and the listener know which table is being talked about. Demonstratives form another group of specific determiners: …

“Prepositions for Days and Times”


When we talk about a specific time of the clock or the calendar – for example 5pm or Easter – we use the preposition ‘at’, e.g. ‘I have an appointment at 5pm,’; ‘the meeting finished at 10am’, and so on. To answer the question we asked on Facebook – should we say ‘I’ll see you …