“Transition/Linking Words and Phrases”


  Transition (or linking) words and phrases are useful tools that allow us to better express ourselves in formal conversation, and especially in our writing. There are many examples of transition words and phrases, but here we’ll only be looking at a few of them. To get our brains working, let’s see a few examples …

“The Passive Voice” (Part Two)


For example, if the active voice sentence is “I broke the window” then the passive voice would become “The window was broken by me” and as you can see I changes to me in the passive voice. Other times you might need to change She to Her or He to Him. So, let’s try another …

“Thinking of example sentences in English”


The average student’s most common example will involve using the present simple. For example, imagine the teacher asks you for an example of ‘give back.’ Many examples will look something like this: ~I give back the phone to my friend. ~He gives my pen back to me. There are multiple problems in the first example. …

“Direct and Indirect Speech”


The most important thing to know about direct and indirect speech is that we use them to report what somebody has said. You can report what you said or what another person said. We usually do this when we haven´t heard what a person has said. For example if somebody is speaking in a group …

“Easily Confused Words” (Part Two)


Assume and Presume – The difference here is that Assume means to accept something as true before you have proof, whereas to Presume means to suppose that something is true or take something for granted. These are very similar words but are used slightly differently. For Example, – I assumed that the shop would be …

“Time Expressions”


Punctuality – being ‘on time’ – is, of course, very important in all areas of life. We should be on time for work, appointments, meetings with friends, and so on. The expression ‘on time’ means to not be late: to reach a place (or do something) at the right moment. For example, students should always …

“The Future Perfect and The Future Simple”


The first thing you should understand about the future perfect and future simple is their structures. To form the future simple we use the word ‘will’ followed by an infinitive without ‘to’. For example “I will go to the party tonight” or “You will have a class tomorrow”. This is pretty easy, isn´t it? We …

“The Past Perfect”


–We use the Past Perfect when there are two actions in the past, with one happening before the other. Keeping this definition in mind, it’s important to note that it’s very common to use the Past Perfect together with the Past Simple (two actions in one sentence, two different verb tenses). Let’s take a look …

“Pronouns”


In English, verbs must always have either a noun or pronoun as the subject. This is very different from some other languages, where the more developed system of verb terminations means it is usually obvious who or what we are talking about from the form of the verb and we therefore don’t generally need any …

“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 …