Before as an adverb and conjunction

October 12th, 2010 in Improve English

Before as an adverb

As an adverb before means ‘at any time before now”. In British
English, before is commonly used with a present perfect tense.

How to express your opinion politely

October 11th, 2010 in Improve English

Key phases

I think / I feel / I reckon / I guess (informal)
In my opinion / in my view (formal)

Cover Letter Writing Tips

October 10th, 2010 in Business English

When you send your CV or resume for a job interview, you should always include a cover letter. The cover letter is a letter of application that serves the purpose of introducing you for an interview. Here are some tips for writing a good cover letter.

More on countable and uncountable nouns

October 9th, 2010 in Improve English

Not all languages treat nouns in the same way. For example, hair is uncountable in English, but is a plural countable noun in many other languages. Similarly, the names of illnesses are usually uncountable in English and are followed by singular verbs.

Uses of Any

October 8th, 2010 in Improve English

Any is a determiner. It suggests an indefinite amount or number.

Have you got any rice?
Is there any water in the bottle?

Uses of And

October 8th, 2010 in Improve English

And is used to join two or more grammatically similar expressions.

Bread and butter
Jack and Jill

When there are more than two items, we usually put and before the last.

have and have got to

October 7th, 2010 in Improve English

The structures have to and have got to are used to talk about obligation.
The meaning is similar to must.

Sorry, I have (got) to go. (= I must go.)