Adopted / adoptive, advice / advise

February 11th, 2014 in Vocabulary

Adopted and adoptive

These words are often confused. The word adopted pertains to the person who has been adopted. Your adopted daughter is the girl you have adopted.

8 phrases that you are using incorrectly

February 10th, 2014 in Common Mistakes

1. Good vs. well

These words are not interchangeable.

Incorrect: He did good.

Correct: He did well.

Incorrect: She sings good.

Correct: She sings well.

Using as

February 8th, 2014 in English Teaching

The word as has several uses. It can be used as a conjunction. It can also be used as a preposition or an adverb.

As a conjunction, as shows time or cause.

Using whatever

February 5th, 2014 in Expressions

The word whatever can be used in several different ways.

It can be used as a relative pronoun. In this case it introduces a relative clause. As a relative pronoun, whatever can be the subject, object or complement of another clause.

Appositive and infinitive phrases

February 5th, 2014 in English Learning

Appositive phrase

An appositive is basically a re-naming of a word that immediately precedes it.

Neeta, my sister, works abroad.

Here the noun Neeta and the appositive ‘my sister’ refer to the same person.

Expressions with like

February 4th, 2014 in Expressions

The word like is used in a large number of idiomatic expressions.

Like crazy/mad

If you are doing something like crazy, you are doing it in an extreme or fast way.

Using No

February 2nd, 2014 in English Learning

The word ‘no’ is one of the first words that all ESL students learn. It is used in a large number of expressions in English.