How To Use Modal Verbs In English (The Complete Guide)

Modal verbs in English can be confusing! In this guide, we’ll explain what they are, why and how we use them correctly, and give you examples to improve your understanding. Mastering modals like should, would, may and might will help you express yourself clearly in the English. Don’t forget to download the pdf so you can study more at home! Continue reading

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Understanding English Conditionals: Types, Sentences, Exercises

Conditionals (or ‘if clauses’) show us how one situation depends on another happening. If it rains, you will get wet. They give us the cause and the possible result. There are 4 types of conditionals in English. These can be used to talk about the past, present and future – what might have happened, always happens or could happen later as a result of something else. Continue reading

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50 Examples Of Popular English Similes (We Still Use Now)

Most lists of similes online and in textbooks contain outdated expressions. In response, we’ve compiled this list of 50 popular similes to show you examples that are still commonly used in modern English today. For each simile, we have given its meaning and an example. Check out the quiz at the end to test your knowledge! Continue reading

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56 Common English Proverbs (We Still Use Today)

A proverb is a short, well-known saying that contains advice. Native speakers often use proverbs to express a bigger idea in a shorter sentence or phrase. English proverbs can teach you a lot about British mentality, culture and history. These colourful expressions are useful if you are improving your English beyond Intermediate level. In this guide, we’ll teach your 56 of the most popular proverbs still used today! Continue reading

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How To Speak English On The Phone (A Step-By-Step Guide)

Do you ever struggle when making a phone call in English? Don’t worry, you are not alone! Many people feel nervous about taking and making phone calls in English. Even advanced English speakers can have trouble when speaking English on the phone. Let’s take a look at some great phrases to improve your confidence and telephone manner! Continue reading

Prefixes And Suffixes Of English: List, Meanings, Examples

Prefixes are added at the beginning of words to change their meaning: dis-trust, im-mature, counter-productive. Suffixes are added at the end of words to change their form: wonder-ful, improve-ment, adapt-able. Understanding how to use prefixes and suffixes will help you expand your vocabulary! Continue reading

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70 Useful Adjectives To Describe Personality (Positive & Negative)

Personality adjectives describe the positive and negative aspects of someone’s personality. Words like generous, enthusiastic, meticulous and outgoing are positive adjectives. Words like indecisive, tactless, fussy and grumpy are negative adjectives. Continue reading

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Types Of Adjectives In English (All You Need To Know)

Adjectives are describing words that give more information about nouns. They can tell us about the size, colour, shape or number of something, as well as our opinion of it. Continue reading

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100 False Friends In English And Spanish (With Examples)

“False friends” are words that look the same in two languages but have different meanings. English and Spanish have many words in common (e.g. from Latin). Some of these words have changed their meanings over time to create false cognates. Continue reading

Types of Adverbs in English: All You Need to Know

Adverbs modify verbs, adjectives or other adverbs. The 5 main types of adverbs can give us more information about frequency, manner, degree, place and time. In this study guide, you will learn all about the different types of adverbs with examples of how to use them in a sentence. Check out the exercises at the end to test your understanding! Continue reading

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Adverbs of Time: Full List with Examples & Exercises

Adverbs of time tell us when something happens. These adverbs can describe how often, how long or when something takes place. Now, today, daily, early and soon are all adverbs of time. In this study guide, you will learn about these adverbs through real examples. Don’t forget to check out the exercises at the end to test your understanding! Continue reading

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Adverbs of Place: Full List with Examples & Exercises

Adverbs of place tell us where something happens. This group includes adverbs of direction such as up and south, adverbs of movement and direction like upwards and forwards, and adverbs of location such as outside and behind. In this study guide, we will walk you through a range of adverbs of place with examples of how to use each of them. Let’s learn! Continue reading

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Reporting Verbs in English: List with Examples & Exercises

Reporting verbs are used when you want to tell someone about another conversation. We also call this reported speech or indirect speech. Two examples of reporting verbs are say and tell. There are many others and these have different meanings and grammar structures. In this study guide, we’ll look at examples of these verbs and show you how to use them correctly. We’ll also look at reporting verbs to improve your academic writing. Let’s go! Continue reading

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Adverbs of Manner: Full List with Examples & Exercises

In this study guide, we will walk you through a range of adverbs of manner with examples of how to use each of them in a sentence. Don’t forget to check out the exercises at the end to test your understanding! You can also download this guide as a free pdf to use offline. Ready? Let’s dive in! Continue reading

Adverbs of Degree: Full List with Examples & Exercises

Adverbs of degree help us to express ‘how much’ (or to what extent) we do something. They can either intensify the meaning (I am extremely hungry) or make it weaker (I’m fairly certain I locked the door). Common adverbs of degree include: very, slightly, quite, totally, fairly, absolutely and extremely. Continue reading

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21 English Phrasal Verbs With ‘Look’

How many phrasal verbs with ‘look’ do you know? In this study guide, you can read about 20 different phrasal verbs, many of them with more than one meaning. You will find a definition and a clear example for each one. Read the example sentences and learn what it means to ‘look up to someone’, to ‘look in on someone’ and to ‘look after someone’! Remember to test your understanding with the exercises at the end. Continue reading

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11 English Phrasal Verbs With ‘Live’

Do you live for the weekend or do you like living it up in a 5-star hotel? In this study guide, you will learn 11 phrasal verbs with ‘live’. Several of the phrasal verbs have more than one meaning, so look carefully at the different explanations! You will find a definition and a clear example for each one. Continue reading

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13 English Phrasal Verbs With ‘Make’

Have you ever made up a story or made up with a friend after an argument? In this study guide, you can read about 13 different phrasal verbs with ‘make’. You will find a definition and a clear example for each one. Pay special attention to phrasal verbs in the list where the verb and particle can be separated, for example make out! Continue reading

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