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Improve your English: how to use definite and indefinite articles

Indefinite articles: ‘a’ or ‘an’ The two indefinite articles in English are ‘a’ and ‘an’. They are only used before count nouns, and they are used to modify non-specific nouns. Examples: 1. He ate an apple. (We don’t know which apple he ate) 2. Let’s watch a DVD. (We don’t yet know which DVD) 3. […]

How to write the time

  Do you sometimes feel a bit confused about how to write the time? This short post will help 🙂   a.m. is short for ante meridiem – Latin for before midday p.m. is short for post meridiem – Latin for after midday   a.m. and p.m. are written in lower case with two points […]

Oh My! idioms

It’s amazing what little treasures you can sometimes find on Pinterest – a few days ago someone shared this wonderful video from Oh My! It’s a collection of short illustrations of nine English idioms that are frequently used in everyday speech – see if you can guess the idioms from the scenes. One or two […]

Wordless Wednesday #4

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A short guide to English contractions

  A contraction (or short form) is an abbreviated form of a word or words: one from which one or more letters have been left out. They’re very common in spoken English. For example, we usually pronounce words such as I am as I’m; it is as it’s; we are as we’re etc. Contractions are […]

Wordless Wednesday #3

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Wordless Wednesday #2

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Test your English level online

If you’d like to have an idea of your English level and the progress you’re making, this selection of websites will help. It includes sites providing grammar, vocabulary, and spelling tests; and some sites even tell you which English exam may be best for you Anyone can add to this list so if you have […]

50 common phrasal verbs

Using phrasal verbs (multi-word verbs) in your informal speech makes it sound more natural and more accomplished. They are also common in written English and in some formal English. Here are 50 of the most frequently used phrasal verbs, with lots of examples showing you how they’re used in everyday life. 50 common English phrasal […]

Wow, what’s a palindrome?

A palindrome is a word, phrase, number, sentence, verse etc that reads the same backwards as it does forwards. Examples of palindromes: civic dad deed Dennis and Edna sinned eye Eve kayak level LOL noon Madam, I’m Adam mum Never odd, or even nun radar refer solos wow 1881 1991   November 2nd 2011 was […]