How to use Double negatives (English grammar)

English grammar – Double negatives In this post you will learn the English grammar for Double negatives, and how to use them in natural English conversation. Keep reading and don’t forget to sign up and get your free PDF to Increase your English vocabulary. Learn 40 Words with NEGATIVE prefixes that you can use in your own conversation. This post …

Autumn Or Fall? Names Of The 4 Seasons (English Vocabulary)

English vocabulary – Autumn or Fall? 4 seasons name origins Now it’s Fall in the Northern half of the world. (Late September until Dec.) Sorry, I mean it’s Autumn now. Wait, which one is correct? Did you ever wonder why this season has 2 names in English, Autumn and Fall? I had the same question. I did some research and …

How to use THERE and IT (Learn the grammar w/video)

English grammar THERE and IT We use the pronoun IT for a specific thing, place or situation. My neighbor’s dog is noisy. It’s always barking. It = the dog I want to try the new café, but it’s always very busy. It = the café IT Read below for a more detailed explanation. AND you will find a video version …

Correctly use UNLESS – AS LONG AS (learn quickly w/Audio)

In today’s blog post learn how to use the conjunction unless and the expression as long as in natural conversation. Use this English grammar like a pro! Unless In today’s post, I will teach you how to use the conjunction UNLESS in natural English conversation. Do you remember what a conjunction is in English grammar? A conjunction is:a word that …

There IS or There ARE – Which do I need? (PDF download)

The chart below is a quick guide to help you decide if you need to use There IS or There ARE. Keep reading the post for more details and lots of natural examples.  We use There is with singular nouns. (Just 1 thing) “There is a new shopping mall on Main street.” *Shopping mall is a singular noun. (1 mall) …

Past Participle of READ – easy English grammar (w/Audio)

In today’s post I’m going to talk about past participle verb form and teach you how to use the past participle of read. Listen to audio from this post to improve your English listening skills. The audio clip is at the end of this post. The verb to read means – to look at and understand the meaning of written …

Master 3 English Adverbs – Yet Still Already (+video)

A basic guide YET – if something hasn’t happened but you expect it to happen The new cafe on Front Street is very popular. I haven’t been there yet. STILL – if something has started but not finished Do you still live at the same address? ALREADY (1) – if something happened before now  We got there early but Mike …

LEND and BORROW – Don’t confuse these English verbs anymore (VIDEO)

Learn to use the English verbs “Lend” and “Borrow” correctly in natural conversation. At the bottom of this post you will find a video. Watch it to review the lesson and improve your English listening skills. A common problem my English students have here in Japan is using the verbs lend and borrow correctly. It’s easy to confuse these verbs …

Making Suggestions Easily in English Conversation (with Video)

Learn to easily make suggestions in English conversations. Use these natural expressions to sound like a native speaker. Common examples of phrases you can use to make suggestions How about/What about (used with a verb in its gerund form) How about ordering a pizza for dinner? What about getting Indian? Shall we… /Why don’t we… /Let’s… (used with the infinitive …

Good AT or Good WITH? Confusing English (VIDEO)

Do you need to say Good at or Good with in your sentence? Which is correct? Read this post and learn how to use these natural English expressions. (Watch the video at the end of this post for English listening practice.) Good at is most often followed by a verb “Greg is good at fixing cars.” Good with will be …