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Practise or Practice – how to spell it?

practising a puzzle

Is the word Practise, or should it be Practice ? Another small but significant difference between English and American English. In the U.K. (also possibly in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Canada), we spell the word ‘Practice’ as a NOUN using a C (e.g. a Doctor’s practice, meaning his business or clinic), but we […]

‘IT’ used as the subject or object.

IT

  The word ‘IT’ in English is often used as the subject or object at the beginning of the sentence. We call this the Preparatory IT. Preparatory (pronounced: pre-p’a-ra-to-ri) is an adjective which means: introductory, preliminary, previous, before.   With an infinitive or with the ‘ing’ form of the verb. It’s a good idea to […]

GET and BECOME.

Verbs Get and Become

  When to use GET and when to use BECOME. GET and BECOME are sometimes confused in English. The verb ‘to get‘ is an “all-purpose” verb and can be used to mean several different things. For example: its general meaning is ‘to obtain’ but it can also be used in place of: ‘To earn’, ‘to […]

LINKING WORDS

Chain links, how we link words in English.

Linking and Connected Speech Linking in English, means that words are not spoken individually, but run together. Linking means that the end of one word joins the beginning of the next word. This happens especially when one word ends with a consonant and the following word begins with a vowel. (See below.) For example: They […]

Passive Voice or Active ?

Active or Passive Verbs

Verbs can be active or passive, depending on whether the subject is doing (performing) or receiving the action of the verb. The Passive Voice can be found in Lesson B2.07 Active Form: In active sentences, the person or thing doing the action is the subject of the sentence, and the person or thing receiving the […]