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 […]

Preserve or Conserve?

jar of cranberry preserve

These two words are frequently confused in English. In some languages there is very little difference between the words PRESERVE and CONSERVE. In English however, even though the difference is subtle, it is sometimes misunderstood. Preserve means to keep something from aging or spoiling, keeping its present state for a future time. In other words, […]

To WISH vs. To HOPE.

Do we wish or hope at the Wishing Well?

WISH and HOPE are two very similar verbs and are generally used to talk about something that we would like to be or to have, or that we would like to happen in the future. HOPE can also be used to talk about something that we would have liked (in the past) to have happened, […]

MY or ME – Which should we use?

Take me as I am

  “Do you mind MY asking” or “Do you mind ME asking? There is a very subtle difference between: “Do you mind MY asking?” and “Do you mind ME asking?” It is sometimes difficult to know whether to use MY or ME, and it’s just another little snippet of English grammar to learn. Examples: With […]