Borrow or Lend: What’s the difference?

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?”

Too vs. So: What’s the difference?

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 carContinue reading “Too vs. So: What’s the difference?”

Expressions with the Verb TO GO

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,Continue reading “Expressions with the Verb TO GO”

Expressions with the Verb TO DO

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 alsoContinue reading “Expressions with the Verb TO DO”

Say vs. Tell: What’s the Difference?

  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 isContinue reading “Say vs. Tell: What’s the Difference?”

In, On, or At? How To Use Prepositions for Transportation, Location, Time, and Technology

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.