You can listen to the audio here while you read. The past simple tense and past participle of all regular verbs end in -ed, for example, walked, stayed, laughed, etc. The question is how do we pronounce the -ed? The answer is, we can pronounce it in 3 ways: /ɪd/ /t/ /d/ If the… Read More Pronunciation: -ed Endings in Regular Simple Past and Past Participle Verbs
What are collective nouns? Collective nouns refer to words used to represent a group of people or things. Examples: • a crowd of people • a company of actors • a team of football players • a troupe of dancers • a herd of cattle • a brood of chickens • a congress of baboons… Read More Collective Nouns
I’m planning a travel to the US. I’m planning to travel to the US. I’m planning a trip to the US Why is the first sentence incorrect? Why is to travel and a trip correct in the second and third sentence? For today’s lesson you’re going to learn some confusing words: JOURNEY, TRAVEL, and TRIP and at… Read More Confusing Words: Journey, Travel, and Trip
The way native speakers read years is a little bit complicated. It can be confusing and ambiguous for non-native speakers, but for a native speaker of English, it comes naturally. When I say “In the year ten hundred and fifty-four, Pope IX died.” What year did the Pope die if you write the year in… Read More How do you pronounce the years in English?
In order to learn speaking and writing English language correctly, it is essential to recognize how to construct a correct sentence structure; therefore, we need to understand the components of a sentence; the important eight parts of the English language which are: nouns, verbs, helping verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions and interjections. 1. NOUNS… Read More Grammar Lesson: Parts of Speech
In English grammar, normally every sentence should have a subject, for example “I gotta go now”; however, in spoken English, there’s a tendency to drop the subject I and you and the auxiliary verb in statement and interrogative sentence. We call this ‘conversational deletion‘. Examples: • Gotta go now. (I gotta go now.) • See… Read More Conversational Deletion
Clipping is one of the important concepts when creating words, that includes compounding and blending. What does clipping mean exactly? Clipping is the word formation in which a word is reduced or shortened without changing the meaning of the word.