Interested in, not for

Interested in, not for Don’t Say:She’s not interested for her work. Say:She’s not interested in her work. Note:Also take an interest in She takes a great interest in music.

compound subjects part one

A subject is the doer of the action in a sentence. A compound subject has more than one subject. In each of these sentences, the compound subjects are underlined. The catand the mouse ran around the room. Neither the cat nor the mouse heard him. Both the youngsters and the adults enjoyed square dancing. Here…

Misuse of worth as a verb

Misuse of worth as a verb Don’t Say:My bicycle worths £150. Say:My bicycle is worth £150. Note:Worth isn’t a verb, but an adjective.

Too much for Very much

Too much for Very much Don’t Say:She likes the cinema too much..He’s too much stronger than I am. Say:She likes the cinema very much. He’s very much stronger than I am. Note:Use very much instead of much for greater emphasis. Too much denotes an excessive quantity or degree She ate too much, and felt til.

Possession, giving and lending

Possession All his possessions were destroyed in the terrible fire, [everything he owned; always plural in this meaning] Don’t leave any of your belongings here; we’ve had a few thefts recently, [smaller things, e.g. bag, camera, coat; always plural] Estate in the singular can mean a big area of private land and the buildings on…

comparison: using comparatives and superlatives

The difference between comparatives and superlatives We use the comparative to compare one person or thing with (an)other person(s) or thing(s). We use the superlative to compare one person or thing with his/her/its whole group. Compare: Mary’s taller than her three sisters. Mary’s the tallest of the four girls. Your accent is worse than mine….

among / between

It is often taught that “between” is used for 2 items and “among” for 3 or more – but this is not completely accurate. The more accurate difference is this: Between is used when naming distinct, individual items (can be 2, 3, or more) Among is used when the items are part of a group,…

fee / fare / tax

These words describe an amount of money that needs to be paid – but they’re used in different situations. Fare is used only for transportation: The bus fare is the cost of the bus ticket The train fare is the cost of the train ticket The taxi fare is the cost of taking a taxi…


Clothes: Plural words: These words are always plural in English. They need a plural verb. My suit is new but these trousers are old. Her shorts/jeans/tights are blue. Note: You say: a pair of shorts/glasses/trousers, etc. Verbs: You wear clothes but you carry things. [NOT you «se- clothes] Naomi is wearing a long red coat….

Using from instead of one of or among

Using from instead of one of or among Don’t Say:She is from the nicest girls I know. Say:She is one of the nicest girls I know. Note:Avoid using from in the sense of one of or among.

Write to a person, not write a person

Write to a person, not write a person Don’t Say:I’ll write her tomorrow. Say:I’ll write to her tomorrow. Note:When the direct object of write is expressed, omit the preposition I’ll write him a letter.

Think of + -ing

Think of + -ing Don’t Say:I often think to go to England. Say:I often think of going to England.

Reach (= arrive at)

Reach (= arrive at) Don’t Say:We reached at the school early. Say:We reached the school early.

Around the home 2

The bedroom I put on my pyjamas, got into bed, set the alarm clock, switched off the light, and went to sleep. The bathroom I didn’t have time for a bath, but I had a wash, cleaned my teeth, and then I went to school. Housework (U) My room is very clean and tidy (=…

Using the present perfect instead of the simple past tense

Using the present perfect instead of the simple past tense Don’t Say:I have seen a good film yesterday. Say:I saw a good film yesterday. Note:When a sentence has a word or a phrase denoting past time,like yesterday last night, last week, last year, then, ago, etc., always use s simple past tense. Use the simple…

Instead of, etc + -ing

Instead of, etc + -ing Don’t Say:He went away instead to wait. Say:He went away instead of waiting.

pronouns and their antecedents

Take the sentence, “The veterinarian took pride in her work.” The pronoun her refers back to veterinarian, the subject of the sentence. In this context, veterinarian is the pronoun” antecedent, the word that the pronoun refers back to in the sentence. Usually, the antecedent comes before the pronoun in the sentence. In all cases, the…

Education: University

Subjects You can normally do/study these subjects at university but not always at school: Note: The underlined letters in some of the words above show the syllable with the main stress. Also note that the first syllable of psychology is pronounced /sai/ like ‘my’. Studying at (a British) university If you want to go to…

On the phone

Starting a Phone conversation The first example is an informal situation; the second example is a more formal call. A: Hello. B: Is that Mary? [NOT Arc you Mary? or Is it Mary?] A: Yeah. B: Hi. It’s Ruth, [not I am Ruth, or Here is Ruth] Note: When British people answer the phone at…

Correct for Repair or Mend

Correct for Repair or Mend Don’t Say:Some men are correcting the road. Say:Some men are repairing the road. Note:To repair a watch is to put it in good condition again, but to correct a watch is to set it to the right time.

Spend on, not for

Spend on, not for Don’t Say:I spend a lot of time for my computer. Say:I spend a lot of time on my computer.


Shall is a ‘modal auxiliary verb’. We can use shall instead of will after I and we. I’m catching the 10.30 train. What time shall I be in London? (OR … will I be in London?) Contractions are I’ll, we’ll and shan’t. I’ll see you tomorrow. I shan’t be late. When we make offers, or…

Angry with, not against

Angry with, not against Don’t Say:The teacher was angry against him. Say:The teacher was angry with him. Note:We get angry with a person but af a thing He was angry at the weather /not with the weather). Also annoyed with, vexed with. Indignant with a person, but at a thmg.

Thank you used instead of No, thank you

Thank you used instead of No, thank you Don’t Say:Thank you (if you want to refuse an offer). Say:No, thank you. Note:Use thank you to accept an offer, it generally means Yes, please.

Different from, not than

Different from, not than Don’t Say:My book is different than yours. Say:My book is different from yours.

apologize / sorry

Both of these words express regret for some problem or something you did wrong. I’m sorry is less formal, and “I apologize” is more formal. There are a few different ways to continue the sentence. You can say: I’m sorry (that) I yelled at you. I’m sorry for yelling at you. I apologize for yelling…

Misuse of rest as an adjective

Misuse of rest as an adjective Don’t Say:I spent the rest day at home. Say:I spent the rest of the day at home. Note:Here, rest is a noun, and we can’t use it as an adjective in the meaning of what’s left.

Using likes me instead of I like

Using likes me instead of I like Don’t Say:The cinema likes me very much. Say:I like the cinema very much. Note:The cinema appeals to me is correcl, and means I like the cinema very much.