The preposition back generally means to return. But there are many different ways you can return something or somewhere! By using phrasal verbs like go back, get back, and come back, you can increase your vocabulary and be more specific in communication. Let's look at a few of these phrasal verbs with back in a fun short story about a trip to a tropical island. At the end of the story, there's a short quiz you can take to see if you really know how to use these return expressions like a pro.
When you have a strong understanding of how to use used to and usually, we can talk about 2 more similar phrases that students find confusing: be used to and get used to.
Listen and hear are two verbs commonly confused by English students. Many times, we use both words in the same conversation. It's important to know what the difference is. Look at this example: A: Hi! Can you hear me? What are you listening to? B: I'm listening to Hotel California by The Eagles. Have you … Continue reading Listen vs. Hear: What’s the difference?
Love is in the air, so I wanted to share some great vocabulary for romantic relationships. You'll see these phrases on television, in movies, and of course, whenever people talk about being in love. No matter what stage of a relationship you're in––single, dating, married, or something else (it's complicated)––there are creative ways to describe your … Continue reading Speak the Language of Love: Vocabulary for romantic relationships
Ordering drinks can be intimidating for a non-native speaker. Everything is moving fast, so you quickly blurt out your order. "I'll have 3 beers and...um...uh...a mojito." There. You feel pretty good. You said it right. He understands you and starts to make the drinks, but suddenly he asks a second question...
TOO = A negative description When something is not good, or you don't like it, or you can't use it, use too to describe it. When you use too in a sentence, it means that you are not happy, or there is a negative result. The driver was going too fast. (He crashed his car … Continue reading Too vs. So: What’s the difference?
Cats are so funny. You never know what they are really thinking about you, but we can guess from the look on their faces. They make such good expressions! THE BASIC RULE: S0 + ADJECTIVE When SO means "very," it is usually followed by an adjective. It's so hot today.The cats are so funny.She looks … Continue reading So or Such: What’s the difference?
Learn the difference between yet and still with a quick video lesson.
It's easy to confuse these two terms. They are used when we give or take something that will be returned (Well, we hope it will!) LEND = Give To lend is to give someone something for a short time. Lend requires a direct pronoun (money, a phone, a sweater, etc.) and an indirect object pronoun (me, … Continue reading Borrow or Lend: What’s the difference?
History: The study of past events or people History is a subject that we study in school. We study the history of civilizations, important people, or topics, like the history of art. We only use the word history when referring to major events or people from the past. HIS-tuh-ree I studied art history in college. … Continue reading History vs. Story: What’s the Difference?
These three verbs are often confusing, especially when it comes to past tense forms and pronunciation. Let's look at the differences and practice using them. Fall Fall has an "Aww" sound. Practice the following sentence: Aww, did the baby fall? Feel Feel has a hard EEE sound. You need to smile when you say this … Continue reading Tricky Verbs: Fall, Feel, Fill
I hope everyone is having a very Happy New Year so far! I think 2019 is going to be a great year! This year, I'm looking forward to eating healthier, learning new recipes, getting more exercise, and writing many more lessons for all the English learners out there. How about you? Do you have any plans … Continue reading Expressions with the Verb TO HAVE
These two very common words are easy to confuse. They both relate to a measure of time. However, they have completely different meanings, and it's important to know which one to choose.
Have you ever been robbed? It's a terrible feeling! What did they steal? STEAL and ROB are two words related to crime, but it's good to know which one to use. STEAL A thief steals things. It is an irregular verb. (STEAL<< STOLE>>STOLEN) A thief might steal your cell phone, your wallet, or even your … Continue reading Steal vs. Rob: Crime Vocabulary
English is not an easy language to speak. Because English borrows words from many different languages, the rules for how a word is pronounced can change, depending on the origin of the word, the meaning of the word, or even the region where the word is spoken. English pronunciation is difficult for different speakers as … Continue reading 8 Words Commonly Mispronounced by English Learners
When talking about travel, it's easy to confuse the phrasal verbs go back and come back. They both mean to return. So what's the difference? It's actually very simple. It all depends on where you are at the time of speaking. For example, if you are from Italy, but you are in California right now, you would say: I'm going … Continue reading Go Back or Come Back: What’s the Difference?
Use GO with another -ING verb when you talk about activities and sports. Do you want to go surfing in California?There are some beautiful places to go sightseeing here, too!Have you ever gone wine tasting in Italy? Team sports (soccer, basketball) typically use the verb to play. Sports that are done individually usually use to go. For more information about the verbs go, play, and … Continue reading Expressions with the Verb TO GO
The verb TO DO is very useful when talking about general actions. We use it to ask about activities, as in: What do you want to do tonight? (However, a different verb is used to answer the question.) I want to watch the sunset. I want to spend time with my friends. I want to walk on the beach. Do is also … Continue reading Expressions with the Verb TO DO
The verb TO MAKE has several different uses. The literal meaning is to create something. Here are some expressions, or collocations that use make, organized by category. Make = To Cook or Prepare make breakfast, lunch or dinnermake a sandwich, pasta, or other meal If you don't feel like cooking, you can make a reservation at a restaurant! Make = … Continue reading Expressions with the Verb TO MAKE
SAY and TELL are similar - they are used to communicate information. So what's the difference? The major difference is TELL can include the listener. SAY typically does not include the listener, only what is being said. (Incorrect) She said me to call her. (Correct) She told me to call her. TELL TELL is … Continue reading Say vs. Tell: What’s the Difference?
Take a few minutes to think about the verb TO TAKE. To Take literally means "to bring something with you." Take an umbrella, or take a book to read, for example. However, many other activities use this verb, even though you are not really "taking" anything. Here are some of the more commons expressions that are formed with take. Take … Continue reading Visual Vocabulary – Common English Expressions with TAKE
Robot: What are you going to do today?
Astronaut: I'm going to visit the sun.
R: But it's too hot! You'll burn up!
A: I'll be fine. I'm going to go at night.
What are your favorite sports and activities? I love yoga, surfing, and volleyball. But if I want to talk about these activities, I need THREE different verbs! How to choose? Read on to find out.
English students sometimes feel lost when using the prepositions in, on, and at.
Luckily, there are a few rules you can follow (most of the time!). Prepositions can be learned by topic. Topics can include transportation, location, time and date, and technology.
Students often confuse the verbs to do and to be when asking questions. Do you know the difference between Do you...? and Are you...?