While there are millions of people from countries such as the United Kingdom, the United States, or South Africa who speak English as their mother tongue, there are also many millions of people from countries around the world who speak English as their second language every day.
In this context, one would think that native speakers have a clear advantage since they do not have the need to learn a second language to ...
One of the most typical mistakes that English learners commit is using the verb to be when they agree or disagree:
I am agree / I am not agree
It’s true that many Romance languages such as Catalan (estic d’acord), Spanish (estoy de acuerdo) or French (Je suis d’accord) use a linking verb in this expression, but not in English. In English “agree” is a verb, so we say:
In this text you can find some useful expressions to make suggestions. Watch the video and read the text.
Allie: I got a message this morning. It’s from Jacques.
Jacques: (on the answerphone) Allie, it’s Jacques. I’m in Rome. My return flight’s been cancelled. There’s a small problem. Scarlett Scarpino is in Paris for her concert this evening. I was going to look after her today. Could you possibly take care of her? Thank you. And ...
Regular verbs in the past simple and past participle add the suffix -ed. The pronunciation of this suffix might be a bit confusing sometimes. So here you have the three different ways in which it can be pronounced:
/t/ after verbs ending in voiceless sounds (sounds that don’t vibrate). Examples: looked, hoped, passed.