Learn English Grammar – Using WAIT

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I think most people don’t like waiting for things, but if you think about it, we wait all the time. We wait for trains, busses, meetings, and wait for people to do things for us. We wait hours for flights to arrive and concerts to begin. Maybe you have waited to see an English lesson that deals with the verb wait. Well, you don’t need to way any longer. Here it is! There are four basic English grammar patterns when using wait. Today, let’s have a look and practice these. We use wait for + [someone/something] I was waiting for the train in the rain this morning. Can you wait for me? I’ll be ready in five minutes. Jack said he is still waiting for the package from his sister. We also use wait for + [someone/something] + [to verb] I was waiting for the train to arrive. Can you wait for me to go out? I’ll be ready soon. Jack is waiting for the package to be delivered. We use wait + [time] without a preposition after wait. I waited ten minutes for the train. Can you wait five minutes? Jack waited all day, but the package didn’t arrive. …

Let’s Learn Stative Verbs In English

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What are stative verbs in English? Well, there are basically two types of verbs in English – ACTION verbs and STATIVE verbs. Action verbs do just that, they show us an action or movement. On the other hand, stative verbs show us a state or condition. It’s a good idea to know the difference between action and stative verbs and most importantly, know how to use them. For today’s English lesson, let’s take a look at some stative verbs.  Read the paragraph below and then check out today’s lesson: I feel tired today. Maybe it’s because of the heat. It feels like the temperature is almost 38°C (90°F). When it gets this hot I like to drink iced tea. It tastes so refreshing. When I see a glass I feel the coolness coming to greet me. Iced tea even smells like summer. Feel, hear, see, smell, taste, touch are all verbs that have to do with our senses and there are two key points to keep in mind. First, we generally don’t use our effort or intention when we feel, hear, see, smell, & taste. Secondly, in general stative verbs are not used in a progressive form. You know, that’s …

Learn The Difference Between LEARN And STUDY

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I guess since you are reading this you are studying English. I know that learning a language is not easy. Some people study for years and still have a hard time. Just about every day I fill up the pixels on your computer with material that hopefully can help you learn something in English. I hope you enjoy studying with me. Learn and study. What’s the difference between these to words? That’s a great question that a lot of English learners have. So today,  let’s take a look at the difference between learn and study. Study is a process. When you study, you use tools such as books and computers in order to help you get information into your head. You study because you want to learn something. I have been studying Japanese for more than 10 years. Teddy is studying to become a doctor. Gina is studying her notes for the history exam this week. Learn is what happens as a result of studying or experience. When you learn something, you have it in your head forever. I learned how to cook Italian food from my mom. It’s hard to learn all of the things you need to know …

Learn The Difference Between LET And MAKE: Causative Grammar in English

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What’s the difference between LET and MAKE? For example, should I say MAKE someone do something or LET someone do something? This question can be answered by the study of causative grammar. Causative grammar in English is used to show that one person causes or enables another person to do something. MAKE and LET are two verbs that can be use in a causative way, so let’s have a look at those today! Look at the following short paragraph. My sister said she would let me drive her new car today. It’s a hot looking, very fast black Benz. I thought I was going to drive to the beach, but she made me drive to the shopping mall. Unbelievable! Now, I’m going to let you know the difference between let and make, but don’t worry, I won’t make you do any homework. Let’s take a look at these two sentences, starting from let: Lori let Michael drive her new car. When Lori lets Michael drive her car, Michael wanted to do that, and Lori gave him the ok to do it. Let, in the causative form, shows permission. The grammar is [someone A] lets [someone B] do something. Here are …

Hope vs. Wish – Learn The Difference

Michael Confusing Words, Vocabulary

What is the difference between HOPE and WISH? That’s a great question, and one that a lot of English learners have. That’s because HOPE and WISH have similar meanings. In this one-point English lesson, let’s have a look at the how to use HOPE and WISH in everyday English. We use HOPE when we desire something that is possible or likely to happen. I hope it doesn’t rain today. ← The forecast says rain is likely, but I would be happier if it did not rain. I hope the train comes on time. ← The train is often late, but I would be happier if it did not come late today. I hope the exam is cancelled. ← There is a possibility that the teacher will cancel the exam, and I would be happy if he did so. On the other hand, we use WISH to talk about our desire when the situation is an imaginary situation or not likely to happen. I wish I could have a pet ← The apartment I live in doesn’t allow pets, but I want one. I wish Jane were here ← Jane is not here, but I would like it if she was …

Using Move vs. Go – English Vocabulary Lesson

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When I was five years old, we moved from an apartment to a house because we needed more room. It was great to be able to grow up in a house with a backyard. My family never moved from that house and in fact, my mother still lives there. I moved a lot, though. I even moved overseas, but in 1998 I moved back to New York. I love it here! A lot of people have trouble using the word move naturally, so today I want to show you how we use this word in English. First, take a look at a short conversation. Joe: Where were you last night? Bob: We were hanging out at Angela’s house. It was fun. Joe: Were you there all night? Bob: No, after about two hours we moved to my house to play Wii. In the above conversation, B used moved. We usually don’t use move this way. Have you used move like this? Take a look at the different ways we use the word move: You can use move when you change the house or town where you live: Jack moved to Brooklyn last week. I moved three times in 2 years. …