Friday, March 20 is the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.
Spring is a season. There are four seasons in a year, spring, summer, autumn and winter. Each season is marked by different weather and hours of daylight.
It's easy to know when spring is on the way. The Sun rises earlier in the morning and sets later in the day. The days also start to get warmer.
A negative description of a rich and powerful person.
Those fat cats in government don't care about the poor.
Has the cat got your tongue? is an expression we say to people when we want them to speak but they aren't.
Tell me why you are late again. What's the matter, has the cat got your tongue?
Adverbs modify other words apart from nouns and pronouns. For example:
He was driving.
He was driving dangerously. - here the adverb modifies driving and gives us more information about the action.
These are the five types of adverbs:
Adverbs of Manner:
She sings beautifully.
We ran quickly.
In English, the verb we use in a sentence depends on its subject. How the verb changes is called a conjugation.
There are six object 'persons'.
I am British.
I speak English.
You are British.
You speak English.
He is British.
He speaks English.
A prefix is placed at the beginning of a word to change its meaning.
Examples of prefixes include:
misunderstand, misplace, misprint
unaffected, unwanted, unconformable
discourage, disallow, disappear
Re is a prefix with the meaning again, back or it indicates repetition.
A phrasal verb is a verb that has two or more words.
They are basically made of a verb and a particle.
Turn up means increase volume: Turn up the radio, I love this song!
Call off means cancel: They called off the football game because of the bad weather.
Take back means return: I need to take back these books to the library.
Sunday marked International Women's Day _1_ the world.
The day when millions of people recognise the _2_ of females and call for gender equality.
Backed by the United Nations, the goal of Women's Day a is to _3_ world more freedoms and opportunity for women.
Women still earn earn _4_ than men in the workplace and are not promoted as often than men.
In some countries women are denied _5_ education, forced into marriage and are at risk of sexual abuse.
How many of you know the English expression raining cats and dogs, as in, 'I'm not going outside, it's raining cats and dogs'?
It means, and no one seems to know why, raining very heavily. The other strange thing I've noticed about this expression is the amount of English learners know it. Why is this expression so well know to students, I have no idea? Perhaps it's a fun, simple and easy phrase to remember?
Let's introduce you to some other expressions featuring the animal that makes up half that idiom - the dog.
Learning new words is probably the best part about languages. We find a new word, learn what it means, memorise it and then try to use it naturally in a conversation.
Do you have a note book where you keep a list of new words and their definitions? Many English learners do.
Doesn’t it feel like every time we learn a new word, we forget an old one! It seems like our brain only stores a certain number of foreign words so when we add a new one, our brain deletes and old one! Why is this?
The following sentence contains a singular noun.
They keep their car in the garage.
The following sentence contains a plural noun.
They keep their cars in the garage.
Plural nouns indicate there is more than one of something.
When a noun the ends in s, x, ch, or sh, add es to the end:
There is a an old church in the village.
There are two old churches in villages.