One-Point English Lesson: In vs. After

MIchael Grammar

Be careful of this common mistake: When ever you want to talk about a period of time from now, in other words, related to the present time you need to use in. I’m leaving my house now so I will be there in 20 minutes. My birthday is in two months. My friend Eddie said he’s going to retire in four years. On the other hand, after relates to another point in time but not now. I’m going to work until 5 o’clock. After work I’m going to the gym. After I got home last night I did the laundry. I realized I left my keys on my desk after I left the office. Keep in mind the best way to remember this or any vocabulary in English is to take the word or phrase write it in a sentence that’s true for you or true in your world and then memorize your sentences. You can even take your sentences and write them in the comments below. I would love to see your examples. If you know anyone who might be interested in this English language point, why not help them out! Just share this lesson with them. Thanks for …

One-Point English Lesson: In vs. At for Events

MIchael Grammar

Be careful of this common mistake in English. We use AT before an event, especially events in which a group of people gather: We had a great time at the party last week. I met my cousin at a concert on Sunday. I think everyone learned a lot at the conference. Keep in mind the best way to remember this or any vocabulary in English is to take the word or phrase write it in a sentence that’s true for you or true in your world and then memorize your sentences. You can even take your sentences and write them in the comments below. I would love to see your examples. If you know anyone who might be interested in this English language point, why not help them out! Just share this lesson with them. Thanks for studying today!

One-Point English Lesson: Because vs. Because Of

MIchael Confusing Words, Grammar

Be careful of this common mistake in English. We use because of followed by an noun: Because of the rain we canceled the picnic. We got to the party late because of the traffic. On the other hand we use because followed by a subject and verb: Because it was raining we canceled the picnic. We got to the party late because there was traffic. Keep in mind the best way to remember this or any vocabulary in English is to take the word or phrase write it in a sentence that’s true for you or true in your world and then memorize your sentences. You can even take your sentences and write them in the comments below. I would love to see your examples. If you know anyone who might be interested in this English language point, why not help them out! Just share this lesson with them. Thanks for studying today!

English Grammar Lesson – Non-Progressive Verbs

MIchael Grammar

I am writing this lesson on my new laptop right now. ← I used the verb write in its progressive form (also called present continuous) because I am writing now. We use action verbs in the progressive form when we talk about actions that are happening right now. The grammar pattern is the BE VERB + ING form. Here are some other examples: I am working until 10pm tonight. Jack’s sister is staying at his house this weekend. Most present actions are described using the progressive form with verbs that show an action. However there are several kinds of verbs that are not used in the progressive, even if we are talking about right now. That’s because those verbs don’t show actions – they show states or situations. Today, I want to show you this English grammar and give you some example sentences. First of all, there are verbs that show mental states (such as believe, know, remember, want, etc): I believe she has the correct answer. Not, I am believing ~ I know how to fix most basic computer problems. Next, there are verbs that show emotions (such as love, like, hate, prefer, etc) I love listening to jazz. I prefer coffee to tea, but I do enjoy drinking a …