Speaking club. Meeting #6 summary: Dating

Let me share how was our latest meeting in the Speaking Club. The topic was dating. And it was a lot of fun. First, we split into groups for discussions. We talked about relationships and what kind of people attract us. In my group it was a great conversation with a lot of laughs despite […]

Steer clear: meaning and usage

“Steer clear” is one of these expressions when it’s hard to get the meaning simply by guessing. I think I first encountered it in the Friends TV Series and didn’t get the meaning even out of the context. It was in the scene when Ross advises Rachel “not to look too terrific” at her meeting […]

Out of line: meaning and usage

The expression “out of line” can be used in its literal meaning when someone or something is not in line. For instance, one of those books on the shelf is out of line with the others. As an idiom “out of line” has two main meanings: inappropriate or different from what is expected. Merriam Webster […]

Scared VS Be Scared: What’s the Difference

1. When you are scared that means you are afraid of someone or something. The word ‘scared’ is an adjective. So you need the verb ‘be’ to use it as a verb. He is scared of spiders. You can also say ‘He’s afraid of spiders’. 2. When you scare someone that means you make someone […]

A Common Mistake English Students Make With Verbs+ED

As we know in the past tense regular verbs end with ED: work-worked dance-danced Although sometimes it’s not clear how to pronounce this suffix.   Many students tend to pronounce -ED as ‘eed’ or ‘eet’. So, ‘worked’ sounds like ‘workeet’.  In reality, it’s pronounced as ‘ɪd’ only after T or D.  ‘guided’ – /gaɪdɪd/ ‘knitted’ /nɪtɪd/   […]

4 Writing Tips From Grammar Girl For English Learners

In her recent episode, Mignon Fogarty, also known as Grammar Girl, shared some useful writing tips. She gave some specific advice to English learners. Here’s a quick recap: 1. Watch and read ”the right type of materials” that are more likely to contain standard English: – news – documentaries – educational programs 2. Research the […]

“Bored” vs “Boring”: What’s the Difference

“Bored” and “boring” are both adjectives that describe something that is not interesting or exciting. But they are used differently.  ? If you watched a movie that wasn’t interesting, you can call it ‘boring’.  ? If you want to describe how you feel about it you can say that you ‘were bored’ or ‘got bored’ […]

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