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Culture Lesson: Easter

Average: 4.5 (4 votes)

As we enter the Easter period, let's take a look at its meaning and traditions.

What is Easter?

Easter is the most important festival in the Christian calendar. Christians believe, according to the Bible, that Jesus came back to _1_, or was raised from the dead, three days after his death on the cross. It is said that Jesus _2_ on Good Friday and rose from the dead on Easter Sunday.

Synonyms and vocab

Average: 4.6 (5 votes)

As you read through this text, pay attention to the orange words:

My Day

Well, I had a full day, today. First I woke up early and took my dog for a walk before I tidied up my apartment and did some laundry.

A little and a few

Average: 4.5 (4 votes)

We use a little and a few to talk about the amount of something. To understand which term to use, you must understand uncountable nouns and plural nouns.

A little

A little is used with singular non-countable nouns i.e. rain, traffic, love.

a little + uncountable noun

There's a little food left on the plate.

I put a little money into the envelope.

Fill in the blanks

Average: 3.8 (10 votes)

Read through the following text and decide which words are missing:

I’ve always been interested _1_ learning to play the guitar. When I mentioned this to my friend she said she felt the same. We decided that we would buy a couple of cheap guitars and take some lessons.

Who, which and that

Average: 4.4 (15 votes)

Who

Who is used for people. In casual English that can be used.

The boy who sang.
Only men who are wearing neckties are allowed to enter.
She's the one who won the prize.

Which and that

Which and that are used for things and groups.

The Passive Voice

Average: 3 (13 votes)

When we want to focus on the object of a sentence instead of the subject, we use the passive voice.

Compare these two sentences:

John painted the picture. - The focus here is on John, he is the subject of the sentence.

The picture was painted by John. - The focus is on the picture, it is the object of the sentence.

If I were / If I was

Average: 4.3 (18 votes)

Take a look at the two following sentences. Why do we use were in the first sentence and was in the second.

If I were rich, I would buy you a car.

If she was feeling sick, it's good that she went home.

Explanation

If I were rich...<-- I am not rich, but I imagining what I would do if I were.

Word of the day: Click

Average: 3.8 (15 votes)

click idiom

This cartoon is based on the double meaning of click.

A click is a short, sharp sound.

"The door closed with a click."

"Turn the handle until you hear a click."

In informal English, click is used to describe what happens when you suddenly understand or remember something.

Using Do and Does

Average: 3.5 (21 votes)

Do

Use do with the subjects I, we, you and they. Do is usually used to make questions and it comes at the start of a sentence. Do is not used with the verbs be, can, might, ought, shall and will.

Do I have to speak too?
Do we have any milk left?
Do you remember her?
Do they always stay up so late?

I'm Not Lazy, I'm...

Average: 4.1 (17 votes)

A lazy (adjective) person is someone who doesn't like to work and use energy. It’s not good to work with a lazy person and you will never see a lazy person going for a run in the park!

Laziness (noun) has a negative meaning. Let's take a look at some other words that show low-energy that are not negative.