CONFUSED AND MISUSED WORDS IN ENGLISH


Stage 7 Stage 8 Stage 9   There are many words in English which have similar meanings but are often used in very different ways. Also, there are words that are often confused for each other because of similar pronunciation or spelling. It can be difficult to figure out if you are using the right …

‘AS’ AND ITS MANY USES


Stage 8 Stage 9 Stage 10 The word as has various meanings. Here are some of the most important ones: • It can be used to indicate two actions or events occurring at the same time. In this case, its meaning is similar to when or while. E.g. «As I was driving to work, I …

The Difference Between ‘In Time’ and ‘On Time’


Stage 8 Stage 9 Stage 10 This week, we are going to learn about the difference between the phrases ‘in time’ and ‘on time’. Although they may sound similar to you, they both have different meanings. Therefore, it is important for us to understand what they mean and in what situations we use them.   …

Modal Auxiliaries For Probability


Stage 8 Stage 9 Stage 10 Many times when we are trying to say how likely we think something is, we use words like sure, certain, probably and perhaps. But another useful way of saying the exact same thing is to use modal auxiliary verbs, such as may, might and must. There are many different …

So would I – Neither can he


Stage 7 Stage 8 Stage 9 There are times when somebody says something, and we want to reply that the same situation is true for us. Imagine that your friend says to you, “I would love to visit China some day.” And you have the same desire to visit China!   Download Exercise   Of …

Comparatives: Big And Small Differences


Stage 8 Stage 9 Stage 10 As we already know, we use comparatives in English to communicate a difference between two people or things. For example,   Download Exercise   ~ John is older than Steven. ~ Sitges is smaller than Barcelona   The sentences above show a difference but we don’t know how important …

7 uses of the word ‘So’ in English


In this week´s blog I am going to speak about the word ‘so’. The reason I am going to talk about this small word is because it can be used in many ways. Words like ‘so’ can cause a lot of confusion for English language students because there are such a lot of ways in …

Conjunctions


Stage 7 Stage 8 Conjunctions are words that we use to join two clauses together to make longer sentences. There are many words that we use for this purpose. However, the three most common are ‘and’, or ‘and’ but.   Download Exercise   We use the word ‘and’ to link two ideas together. These can …

The Structure Not…either


Stage 7 Stage 8 Remember that the words “also”, “as well” and “too” mean the same thing. The only difference is how we use them in a sentence: “as well” and “too” go at the end, and “also” goes after the first auxiliary verb, or before the main verb. But an important feature of these …

«Christmas Idioms»


Stage 7 Stage 8 Stage 9 As we are in Christmas mode at the moment, I thought it would be a great time to look at some Christmas and Christmas inspired idioms that are in common use. Not all of these are only for use around Christmas time, but some of them can be used …