Archive for February, 2013

Idiomatic expressions with put

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.

Some mistakes in the use of tenses

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.

Origin of the word blackmail

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.

Common mistakes found in ESL writing

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.

Some common errors found in ESL English

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.

Using indeed at the end of a sentence

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.

What does carte blanche mean?

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.