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"It’s looks…" "It looks like…"

We use these phrases when we use any of our senses (see, touch, taste, smell etc.) to describe something. When we use an adjective we do not add “like.” “This soba tastes delicious!” (Not …tastes likedelicious.) “That roller coaster looks scary!” (Not …looks like scary.) The first examples uses adjectives to describe nouns, delicious soba and a scary roller coaster. We use …

"Convince"

Today let’s look at the word convince and some ways to use it. “Convince” is a verb that means to persuade someone to do something or to cause someone to believe that something is true. Look at the following examples: “At first I didn’t want to practice yoga but my wife told me that it is good exercise and that it …

What little I had…

Let’s look at the meaning of the expression “what little I had…” using some examples with an explanation. “I spent what little money I had on a new car.” This expression is most often used when talking about money so we will start with this simple example. When we say “what little money I had” we are saying that I …

Relative Pronouns

Please don’t worry too much about the title “Relative Pronouns.” This is just a name for a group of words that have a certain function or job in English. Relative pronouns are used to relate one thing to another to give more information about the person or thing being spoken about. The most important thing is to know how to use these …

"I used to" and "I’m used to"

“I used to” and “I’m used to” can be easy to confuse. What’s the difference? Good question. Let me explain with some examples… We say I used to when we talk about something that we we did in the past, but now we don’t.“I used to ride the Chuo line everyday.” This means that I rode the Chuo line everyday in the past, …

Idioms "Actions speak louder than words"

Actions speak louder than words What you do is more important than what you say. The politician promised to do many things but he never did anything. The voters believed that actions speak louder than words and they soon voted him out of office. 

"Eye" Idioms

catch one`s eye – attract one`s attention, notice something “I tried to catch my friend`s eye at the movie theater but he didn`t notice me.” eyes in the back of one`s head – ability to know what happens when one`s back is turned “The teacher has eyes in the back of her head and always knows what is going on …