The question phrase isn’t it? misused

The question phrase isn’t it? misused Don’t Say:He played well yesterday, isn’t it? Say:He played well yesterday, didn’t he? Note:In this form of question, use the same tense and person as in the preceding statement and use the correct auxiliary if, however, the preceding statement is in the negative form, the question phrase omits not…

It’s no use + -ing

It’s no use + -ing Don’t Say:It’s no use to cry like a baby. Say:It’s no use crying like a baby.

Basy + -ing

Basy + -ing Don’t Say:He was busy to revise the exams. Say:He was busy revising for the exams.

Practise + -ing

Practise + -ing Don’t Say:You must practise to speak English. Say:You must practise speaking English.

Enjoy + -ing

Enjoy + -ing Don’t Say:I enjoy to play football. Say:I enjoy playing football. Note:Use the gerund or to + infinitive after verbs meaning to like or to dislike He likes reading English books, or He likes to read English books.

Instead of, etc + -ing

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

Sit at a desk etc, not on a desk etc

Sit at a desk etc, not on a desk etc Don’t Say:The bank manager was sitting on his desk. Say:The bank manager was sitting at his desk. Note:Also sit at a table. But on a chair, on a bench, on a sofa, etc; in an arm-chair, in a tree or up a tree. A bird…

Married to, not with

Married to, not with Don’t Say:Angela was married with a rich man. Say:Angela was married to a rich man. Note:Also engaged to: Sally was engaged to Peter for a year before they got married.

Fail in, not from

Fail in, not from Don’t Say:Steven failed from maths last year. Say:Steven failed in maths last year.

Exchange for, not by

Exchange for, not by Don’t Say:He exchanged his collection of matchboxes by some foreign stamps. Say:He exchanged his collection of matchboxes for some foreign stamps. Note:In exchange for: He them his old car in exchange for a new one.

Cure of, not from,

Cure of, not from, Don’t Say:The man was cured from his illness. Say:The man was cured of his illness. Note:The noun cure takes for: There is no cure for that disease.

Covered with, not by

Covered with, not by Don’t Say:The mountains are covered by snow. Say:The mountains are covered with/in snow.

Boast of or about, not for

Boast of or about, not for Don’t Say:James boasted for his strength. Say:James boasted of (or about) his strength.

10 Phrases for Talking about Statistics

1. The crime rate rose.2. The crime rate went up.3. There was a sharp increase in crime. (sharp = sudden and large)4. There was a gradual rise in crime.5. There was a spike in crime. (spike = a sudden increase and then decrease)6. The crime rate reached its peak. (peak = the highest point)7. The…

5 Ways to Say Someone is Smart

1. He’s really sharp.2. She’s brilliant.3. He’s very bright.4. She’s a genius.5. He’s a smart cookie.

5 Ways to Check if the Other Person Understands You

1. Do you understand what I’m saying?2. Does that make sense?3. Do you know what I mean?4. Are you with me so far? (often used in the middle of a long explanation or instructions)5. Is that clear? (often used after giving orders, or expressing disapproval or another negative attitude)

5 Ways to Make a Suggestion

1. How about… [ex. trying something new]?2. Why don’t you… [ex. talk to your boss]?3. Maybe we should… [ex. do more research].4. I’d recommend… [ex. going to the doctor].5. Have you thought about… [ex. buying a new computer]?

10 Ways to Talk about Likes & Dislikes

1. I love… [soccer]2. I’m really into… [soccer]3. I live for… [soccer]4. [soccer] is my thing.5. I’m crazy about… [soccer]6. I’m not a huge fan of… [modern art]7. [Modern art] isn’t my cup of tea.8. I don’t really care for… [modern art]9. I’m not into… [modern art]10. I can’t stand… [modern art] (this phrase expresses…

5 Phrases for Apologizing

1. I’m sorry that… [ex. I was so rude yesterday]2. It’s my fault. (= I am taking responsibility for the problem)3. Oops, sorry.(for very small problems)4. I should have… [ex. called you and told you I’d be late]5. (formal) I apologize for… [ex. the delay]

10 Ways to Say How You Are

1. I’m fine, thanks. How about you?2. Pretty good.3. Not bad.4. Great!5. Couldn’t be better!6. Can’t complain.7. I’ve been busy.8. Same as always.9. Not so great.10. Could be better.

10 Ways to Say Hello & Goodbye

1. Hello2. Hi3. (informal) Hey4. Hi there5. (informal) Howdy6. Bye7. Bye-bye8. (informal) See ya later9. Take care10. Have a good one

Prepositions – Without

1. Without indicates the absence of somebody. I can’t live without you.Please don’t leave without me. 2. Without means not having. Pattern: verb + without + (any) noun That young mother manages without any help. We are without money this month. 3. Without means not using. Pattern: verb + noun + without + nounWe did…

Prepositions – Within

1. Within means not outside a place. Pattern: be + within + nounThose schools are within the county jurisdiction.There is too much commotion within the building. Typical nouns used after within:area, building, city, country, county, jurisdiction, state, territory, walls 2. Within means less than a period of time.I will return within the hour.He will finish…

Prepositions – With

1. With means in the company of. Pattern 1: verb + with + nounShe is with her sister.I danced with him. Typical verbs used before with:be, chat, converse, dance, drink, eat, go, leave, live, play, stay, study, talk, travel, walk, work Pattern 2: verb + noun + with + nounShe spent the weekend with us….

Prepositions – Up

1. Up indicates movement to a higher place. Pattern 1: verb + up + nounThe cat climbed up the tree.She always walks up the steps to the fifth floor. Typical verbs used before up:climb, creep, go, jump, move, pop, race, run, walk Pattern 2: verb + noun + up + nounBring the box up the…

Prepositions – Until

1. Until indicates the time of change of an activity or situation. Pattern 1: verb + until + timeThey waited until six o’clock. The boys studied until midnight. Pattern 2: verb + until + beginning of event They lived here until their wedding; then they left. She was busy until her graduation.They didn’t watch the…

Prepositions – Underneath

1. Underneath means in a lower position than something else.The sheets are underneath the blankets on the shelf. 2. Underneath means covered by.I found my jacket underneath the other coats. 3. Underneath indicates concealed feelings.Underneath her smile there is a lot of heartache.He is really very kind underneath his stern appearance.

Prepositions – Towards

1. Towards means near a period of time. Pattern 1: towards + nounI always feel hungry towards dinnertime. Typical nouns used after towards:dawn, dinnertime, dusk, evening, lunchtime, mid-afternoon, midnight, noon Pattern 2: towards + the + end/middle + of + the + nounWe start getting ready for school towards the end of the summer. Typical…

Prepositions – Toward

1. Toward means in the direction of a place. Pattern 1: verb + toward + nounShe ran toward the playground to see her friends.Let’s head toward the park. Typical verbs:blow, fly, go, head, hike, look, march, move, point, run, sail, turn, walk Pattern 2: verb + noun + toward + nounHe guided us toward the…