Entries by Jessica

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Do Does Did

Complete the following sentences using the correct form of do. Hints Use does when the subject is a singular noun or a third person singular pronoun (e.g. he, she, it). Use do when the subject is a plural noun or a plural pronoun. (e.g. they, we). The first person singular pronoun I also takes do. […]

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Articles

Everything you need to know about ARTICLES —> There are only three articles: the, a and an. They are very small words which cause very large problems if used incorrectly. If, for example, you wanted someone to hand you the book, but you accidentally said a book, the other person might take some time to […]

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STRESS and EMPHASIS

“I didn’t say we should kill him!” When you speak English do you ever consider your tone?  To be really good at speaking English you must not only understand the grammar and the vocabulary and perfect how you communicate. You must also understand the conversational tone and tactics that native speakers use. A simple example […]

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Using a whiteboard to improve your English

I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times… Surround yourself with English!  How about on the walls of your home!?! Invest in a small whiteboard (or a big one!) and use it everyday to write down new vocabulary words to improve your English.  Everyone has a different style of learning and remembering new […]

So or Really?

A student recently sent me a query from the FCE practice. He didn’t understand the difference between: I was really impressed (which he got wrong) OR I was so impressed (which was the right answer). The full sentence was: I was ………. impressed I went straight home. This was my reply. ‘So’ is stronger than […]

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SEE! WATCH! LOOK!

Watch With the verb watch, we are much more active. Watch is like look, but requires more effort from us. We watch things that are going to move, or change in some way. And we watch the movements and changes. The police decided to watch the suspected murderer rather than arrest him immediately. They hoped […]