Archive for December, 2013

Commonly confused phrases

December 31st, 2013 in Style Guide

Even experienced writers often mess up common phrases. Here is a list of common phrases that most of us seem to get wrong frequently.

Some commonly misspelled phrases

December 30th, 2013 in Common Mistakes

When you replace a vital word in a standard phrase with another word or expression that has very similar pronunciation, what you get is an altogether new phrase that is either unintelligible or has an altogether different meaning. There are several such phrases in English.

Gap fills exercise

December 29th, 2013 in English Quiz

Complete the following sentences.

1. I ………………….. him for several months.

a) didn’t see

b) haven’t seen

c) Either could be used here

2. They are ……………… fools.

Few, little, much

December 28th, 2013 in English Quiz

Complete the following sentences using few, little, much or many.


Use few with countable nouns. Use little with uncountable nouns. Use much in questions and negative sentences.

Phrasal verbs

December 27th, 2013 in Expressions

Here is a list of phrasal verbs beginning with the letter D.

Die away

If something dies away, it diminishes in intensity.

The excitement soon died away.

Incorrect tenses

December 25th, 2013 in English Learning

Tenses cause a great deal of confusion for ESL students. While writing sentences, make sure that the tenses correspond to the situation. So, for example, is you are speaking about something that happened in the past, do not use a tense that refers to the present.

Joining two sentences using conjunctions

December 25th, 2013 in English Learning

Conjunctions are words used to connect two sentences.

Join each of the following pairs of sentences using the conjunction given in brackets.

1. Work hard. You will pass. (If)