Learn how to use 5 phrasal verbs about time Check out the definitions for the 5 phrasal verbs Then read a short article that uses the phrasal verbs Test your understanding with a quiz. mess around/about Meaning – to spend time doing various things that are not important, without any particular purpose or plan. Example […]
The Everyday Language Grammar Archive
Here are my notes on difficult but useful English grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation for English learners.
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I made an audio recording of R and L sound tongue twisters so that English learners can practise their pronunciation. You can listen to it on the player below. Instructions: Play the audio Repeat the following words: Red lorry, yellow lorry, truly rural, I scream, you scream we all scream for ice cream. Repeat this […]
Here are 5 rules about when not to use articles in English. 1 – Noun and Number together We do not use the, a or an when we have a noun and number. e.g. room 3, house no.9, platform 1, gate 11, page 73, chapter 6 2 – Some specific times We do not use the, […]
Usage of A and An Using articles is one of the hardest parts of learning English for students. There are so many different rules that it can be confusing. Therefore, I have typed up the rules in a series of blog notes. Each usage note has examples so you can see how the rule is […]
20 – People We do not use the when referring to people by their names. Examples Romeo is the man Juliet loves. Shakespeare wrote both tragedy and comedy. My name is James, but please call me Jim. 21 – Places We do not use the when referring to places by their names. Examples London is […]
17 – System or service We use the when talking or speaking about a system or service. e.g. the radio, the police, the school, the weather forecast, etc. Examples Turn off the radio. Call the police! The stadium is adjacent to the school. What was the weather forecast? 18 – Adjectives to discuss groups We […]
15 – Newspapers We do use them with newspaper names. Examples The Guardian The Independent The Financial Times The New York Times 16 – Magazines We do not use the when we talk about magazines. Examples Time Vogue National Geographic Harpers Bazaar Related posts in this series: the (1) the (2) the (3) the (4) […]
12 – Buildings We do use the with famous buildings including: galleries, hotels, monuments, museums, restaurants and so on. e.g. The Louvre, the British Museum, the Prado, the Plaza, the White House, the Eiffel Tower, the Taj Mahal. Do not capitalise the in the building name, unless it appears as the first word in a […]
9 -Nationalities When talking about general characteristics of people from countries we do use the. e.g. the British, the French, the Japanese, the Chinese. Examples The British people, in general, are extremely fond of their pets. The Japanese are an industrious people. The Chinese are a friendly people. Exceptions for nationalities In general, do not use […]
7 – Titles without a name When you call someone by their title but without their name do use the. Examples The doctor is coming. The teacher was very strict. The president spoke for one hour. 8 – Families When talking about families or people in the plural we do use the. Examples The Beckhams […]