February 12th, 2013 in Expressions
A large number of idioms and expressions use the word put. Here is a fairly exhaustive list of idiomatic expressions with put. Each expression is followed by its meaning or definition. Example sentences are also given.
February 11th, 2013 in Common Mistakes
ESL students often find it difficult to use tenses correctly. The present perfect and past perfect tenses are particularly confusing.
February 9th, 2013 in Words
To blackmail somebody is to exhort money or something else of value from them by the threat of exposing information that will harm them in many ways. Blackmailing is a punishable offence.
February 8th, 2013 in Improve English
One of the most common mistakes found in the writings of ESL students is the unnecessary repetition of conjunction. This is probably because some languages require two conjunctions to join two clauses. However, in English we use just one conjunction to join two clauses.
February 7th, 2013 in Common Mistakes
ESL learners have invented many words and expressions that native speakers of the language are unlikely to understand. In this article we will take a look at some of these curious expressions that are quite popular among ESL learners in Asia and Latin America.
February 6th, 2013 in Common Mistakes
The word very is commonly used before an adjective or adverb.
- She is very beautiful.
- Thank you very much.
February 6th, 2013 in Words
Carte Blanche is one of those phrases loaned from French. This French expression is pronounced ‘cart BLONSH’. Note that the main stress falls on the second word. To give somebody carte blanche is to give them complete freedom to do whatever they want.