How to distinguish job & work

When do we use “job” and when do we use “work”? Here are some simple rules to help you understand: A. Work Work is general. It is what everyone does to earn money. We can also use ‘work’ to talk about doing some general tasks. It [...]

Idioms to talk about health

Let's have a look at those idioms. to really hurt: some part of your body is in a lot of pain to be rushed to hospital: to be taken to hospital quickly to be alive and kicking: to be in good health to be fit as a fiddle: [...]

Opposite verbs

First, let’s look at the opposite verbs and some examples: Buy or sell a house Win or lose a match Lend (money to somebody) or borrow (money from somebody) Open and close the book Push or pull the door Pass or fail an exam Forget or remember a name Turn on or [...]

Question Tags

I. We use question tags to confirm information, usually information we already know or think is true. II. A question tag is two words added to the end of a sentence: An auxiliary verb and a pronoun. If the sentence is positive, the auxiliary verb should [...]

Demonstrative pronouns

What is the different among this, these, that, those? What is the rule when we use them? Let's start. this and these We use this (singular) and these (plural) as pronouns: to talk about people or things near us: This is a nice cup of coffee. Whose flip flops are these? to introduce people: This is Huy. These are my friends Huy and [...]

Common English Sayings

There are a couple of common phrases that foreigners use in the conversation. Let's take a look at the meaning of those common sayings. Every cloud has a silver lining: A bad situation always has something good in it. Ex: “I broke my leg when I [...]

How to tell the time

I./ A quarter past (Quarter = 15 min) Q: What time is it? A: It is 6:15 AM or It is a quarter past six. A: It is 6:15 PM or It is a quarter past six.   II./ Half (Half = 30 min) Q: What time is it? A: It [...]

IELTS Writing Task 1 synonyms

A good way to avoid repetition in your writing is to use synonyms for common words. Here are some synonyms for the IELTS Task 1. (Synonyms: words with the same meaning) to fall: to drop, to decline, to dip a decrease: a drop, a decline, a reduction to increase: [...]

How to use I wish/If only

We can use I wish/ if only to show how we want something to be different when talking about annoyances, regrets or hopes and dreams (that are unlikely or impossible). Annoyances “I wish/ if only he would speak a little slower so I could understand [...]