Writing Workshop: birthday present

What you see below is a poorly written text with quite a few mistakes: You don’t seem happy of your birthday present. Don’t you like it? What?! You wanted diamond necklace?! Who do you think am I? Bill Gates? No!… Continue reading →

Hope or wish: the ultimate usage-based guide

Learners of English quite often get confused between the words “hope” and “wish”. Here is a usage-based guide with lots of examples to help you learn how to use them correctly and naturally. But before we start, a word of… Continue reading →

English in Use: putting an end to things

As you know, LC (or Live Commentary) has been a regular series on this website for some time. However, I’m starting to wonder if it’s time to drop it. LC is supposed to be a place for your everyday contributions,… Continue reading →

A Suggestion

Hi everybody I have a suggestion for the site. Why not learn some new words each day based on a book such as “504 Absolutely Essential Words”? In this way we can finish the book in one year. We can have the… Continue reading →

Writing Workshop: A nice afternoon walk

This is a re-write of a writing activity I first prepared in December 2005. Here is the text we will be working on: I did not see her until lunch-time, when she offered taking me for walk, and we spent… Continue reading →

Tainted glory…

It takes great courage to see the world in all its tainted glory, and still to love it…

Don’t pick a fight you can’t win: a life and vocabulary lesson

In this post, we are going to talk about some of the more common meanings of the verb pick, and we are going to learn a life lesson too! 🙂

Five-a-day? Nope, it’s ten-a-day now!

Back in the good old days, they told us that we should have our teeth checked by a dentist once a year, soon it became twice a year, and I remember my students at the Faculty of Dental Surgery telling… Continue reading →

Confusables 8: classic or classical

This one is easy as I promised. Do you remember the difference between economic and economical? Well, what is the difference between classic and classical? When you are talking about some piece of music, which one will you use? Only… Continue reading →

The Overly Attached Girlfriend: a Vocabulary Lesson

We’ll start with a meme character whose name personifies the idea behind the adverb “overly”… Yes, I am talking about the Overly Attached Girlfriend, often abbreviated to OAG, a famous fictional character and an Internet meme. So what does our… Continue reading →

“Full”, “ful”, and “fully”…

This is a common spelling mistake which can be easily avoided if you remember that…

Confusables 4: lie or lay?

What is the difference between… They look very easy, but why do so many people make a mistake when they want to use the verbs lie and lay? So here is today’s question: What is the difference between to lie… Continue reading →

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