Learn English Vocabulary – Sign Vs. Signature

Michael Vocabulary

When I applied for my driver’s license, I needed to fill out the application form. Then, I brought the document to the window. The clerk said he needed my signature at the bottom of the form. So I had to sign my name. Then he gave me a second document to sign. I didn’t realize they needed my signature in so many places! The words sign and signature can be confusing sometimes. Do you know how to use these words? Read the paragraph above once more and then check today’s lesson: Signature is a noun, and generally means your name written in cursive script. You can write your signature, give your signature, or put your signature, like this: Please write your signature on this form. Can you please give me your signature here? You need to put your signature on every document you approve in this office. Sign is used a verb and means to write your signature. We general use sign with name, as in sign your name. Here are some examples: Please sign this form. Can you please sign your name here? You need to sign ever document you approve in this office. We also have a slang way of asking for your signature. Someone might ask you, “Can I have your …

Learn English Vocabulary – Fun vs. Funny

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I went to a party last night with some of my friends from high school. The party was really fun. My friend Ed is a funny guy, and he always makes us laugh. Having fun and enjoying yourself is important, and good for your health. It helps to have funny people around you, too. Some of my students have told me that I am funny. I think they may be right! The words fun and funny can be confusing sometimes. Do you know how to use these words? Read the paragraph above once more and then check today’s lesson: Fun means enjoyable, so something that is fun is enjoyable. You can say that [something] is fun, or [someone] has fun. Here are some examples: The party last night was really fun. Going to the top of the Empire State Building is fun. You should try it! Having fun and enjoying yourself is important. I had fun at the party last night. You can also use fun before a noun, like this: I went to a fun party last night. New York is a fun city! Funny means something makes you laugh. So if you experience something funny, you will probably …

Learn English Vocabulary – The First Time

Michael Conversational Phrases, Grammar 12 Comments

When you want to talk about your first experience to do something, there are a few ways in English you can do that. The easiest and clearest way is to use “for the first time” at the end of your sentence. This pattern works for the present, past, and future, and you don’t need to change the pattern when the tense changes: Present tense: Jack is working here in the USA for the first time. Past tense: I ate pizza in New York today for the first time. Future tense: I am going to Peru next month for the first time. You can also use the following pattern: [subject] + be + the first time + sentence. Usually the [subject] is a time word, like today or now, or a pronoun like this or that. This pattern also works for the present, past, and future, but you do need to change the pattern when the tense changes, so be careful!: Present tense: This is the first time Jack is working here in the USA. Past tense: Today was the first time I ate pizza in New York Future tense: Next month is going to be the first time I am …