News – 3 July 2020

Apparently, language schools in the UK that are registered with the British Council are not opening for group courses before mid-August. However, a British Council accredited homestay organisation that I work with is opening for one-to-one lessons in teachers' homes in the UK from this Sunday, 5 July. This organisation is getting a lot of … Continue reading News – 3 July 2020

The word “after”

The word “after” requires 2 pieces of information. … and after supper, I went to bed.  ✔︎ … and after I ate supper, I went to bed.  ✔︎ … and after eating supper, I went to bed.  ✔︎ … and I went to bed after supper.  ✔︎ … and I went to bed after I … Continue reading The word “after”

Words that can be surprisingly difficult to hear

Some words can be difficult to hear if the vowel in them has been reduced to a “schwa” (the final vowel in the word “better”). The following words are often spoken in full, but they are often spoken with a schwa sound instead . . . .

Asking Questions

This post is written with upper-intermediate and advanced learners of English in mind. In this post I look at the type of construction used in English for constructing the majority of questions. I refer to this type of construction as the “Question Construction”, and other grammar constructions as “normal grammar”. The Question Construction causes a … Continue reading Asking Questions

Tips about the untrue present / unlikely future grammar construction

This post is about the grammar construction that is used for the unlikely future and the untrue present. This construction is often known as the "2nd Conditional". An example is:  "If I had a million pounds, I would be able to drink champagne every day."

Tips about speaking and writing about the future

For most informal sentences about the future, we can use the construction [ “am” / “is” / “are” ] + [ “going to” ]. For future meaning in formal language, we avoid “going to”, and “-ing” in general, preferring “will”.