Whose and Who’s

October 14th, 2010 in Vocabulary

Whose is a question word. It can be used with a noun.

Whose bag is this?
Whose daughter do you think looks the cutest?

Whose can also be used alone.

Why and Why not

October 14th, 2010 in Improve English

We use why is short replies to affirmative statements. We use why not in replies to negative statements.

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Difference between below and under

October 12th, 2010 in Improve English

The prepositions below and under have similar meanings. Both can mean ‘lower than’.

Cases where below is preferred

Below can mean ‘at or to a lower level’.

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.