Who or Whom ❓❓❓

Do I use who or whom? This is something I see native speakers making mistakes with and something my students ask me about, so here is some information about it as it is obviously confusing. Both words refer to people and are either question words or relative clauses markers (relative pronouns) We use who forContinue reading “Who or Whom ❓❓❓”

Countable and uncountable nouns 😅

Is this noun countable or uncountable ? Most of you would have learnt that some nouns are countable ( dollars $$ ) and some nouns are uncountable ( money 💰) and the rules which go with using countable and uncountable nouns. Let’s do a little revision on this 📝 *We use many and few forContinue reading “Countable and uncountable nouns 😅”

Complex sentences 🤔

In English we use simple, compound and complex sentences and in this post I will write about complex sentences. If you want to take your English to the next level, using complex sentences instead of only simple or compound sentences is an effective way to do this. So what are complex sentences and how doContinue reading “Complex sentences 🤔”

English mistakes native speakers make 🤦🏻‍♀️

Mistakes to avoid😫 I always suggest to my students that they hang out with English native speakers as this is a fast way to improve their English. I did the same thing when I lived in Japan and my Japanese improved quickly. However, native speakers make mistakes and these can be learnt by accident. So,Continue reading “English mistakes native speakers make 🤦🏻‍♀️”

Phrasal verbs- part two 🥳

More phrasal verbs! In a previous post, I went over some information about phrasal verbs (you can check it out here Phrasal Verbs – friends or foes) , but some questions have come up from some of my students so I came up with the idea of writing another post on phrasal verbs. First –Continue reading “Phrasal verbs- part two 🥳”

Connecting words (of contrast) 🔁

Conjunctions and transitions Connecting words are very important so you can make more than just simple sentences in English. This is not only important for improving your spoken English, but it is also important to use these words and use them correctly when writing, especially if you are preparing to take an English test likeContinue reading “Connecting words (of contrast) 🔁”

Any or no ? Double negatives? 🤷🏻‍♀️

Do we use any or no for negative sentences? My students often ask me when to use any or no and ask what the problem is with double negatives, so let’s look at some examples and explanations. Take a look at the following sentences: These instructions don’t make any sense to me. ✅ ( correctContinue reading “Any or no ? Double negatives? 🤷🏻‍♀️”

Apostrophes to show possession 🤔

This is something I am asked about by native English speakers so I know it’s a tricky topic for many people😓 Have a look at the following sentences: The student’s teacher is from Australia. The students’ teacher is from Australia. Are both of these sentences correct ? Do they have the same meaning ? TheyContinue reading “Apostrophes to show possession 🤔”

Collocations 🥳

Collocations are a must to learn! They are a natural part of the English language and very important to know so you can speak and write correctly and also so you can sound natural in English. They are often tested in English language proficiency exams like TOEIC and the Cambridge tests. Collocations are just wordsContinue reading “Collocations 🥳”

Comma splices 📝

How not to use commas Comma splices -what are they ? They sound like a good thing (the name reminds me of a delicious ice-cream🍦I loved as a kid) but they aren’t .They are punctuation mistakes often made by English native speakers and non native speakers alike. Yes, native speakers make this mistake too! Let’sContinue reading “Comma splices 📝”