Do you like swimming?: How to form questions in English

by Liz Walter Questions are a basic part of our conversations, but they are quite difficult in English. Many students make mistakes with them. Here are some basic rules to make your questions correct. Let’s start with questions that have a simple answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’. For all verbs except ‘to be’, we use do and …

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I’m hoping to become a vet: talking about our future lives

by Liz Walter It is common to ask young people about their hopes and plans for the future. This post looks at some words and phrases you can use to respond to such questions. We often use the general phrases I’m hoping/planning to … or I’d like to … : I’m hoping to become a vet. …

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How was your day? (Phrases for asking about someone’s day)

by Kate Woodford On one thread of this blog we look at the words and phrases that people use in daily conversation in particular situations. This week, we’re considering the things that we say – especially the questions that we ask – when we see someone we know well at the end of a day at …

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When no one was looking, she opened the door: Using narrative tenses

by Liz Walter Everyone tells stories. We do it every day, even if it’s just telling our family that we met an old friend in the supermarket. English exams often ask students to write anecdotes or descriptions of past events. An important part of telling a story is using the right tenses because they show the …

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New words – 20 February 2017

Calexit noun [U] /kæl.’ek.sɪt/ an exit by the state of California from the United States of America Californians would need to pass an amendment to the US Constitution, which requires the blessings of the other 49 states. The measure would also survey voters on whether a “Calexit” is something that interests them. [Business Insider 21.11.2016] …

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