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How to form Comparatives - Elementary / Pre Intermediate

Average: 3.5 (11 votes)

How to form comparatives

1 syllable adjectives. Add –er
Eg: cool = cooler

2+ syllable adjectives. Add more to the adjective
Eg: powerful = more powerful

Adjectives ending in –y. Remove –y and add –ier.
Eg: funny = funnier

Do you know these homonyms?

Average: 3.9 (15 votes)

A Intermediate level lesson for you today.

Spending a lot of time on English language sites is a great way to practice your English. Leaving comments (as you can on this site) is an even better way to practise.

When writing English you should be careful of tricky homonyms.  A homonym is a word that sounds the same as another word but has a different spelling and different meaning.

For example: flower and flour

Can you write a homonym for each each word below?

Your English Questions of the Month

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Every month we ask our newsletter readers to send in their questions to Tim, our English teacher at EC Brighton English language school, about the English language. Here are your questions:

 

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November's Star Question!

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Confusing Words - Look, See, Watch and Listen & Hear

Average: 3.6 (10 votes)

Simple words are often easy to confuse.

Today I want you to explain me about the difference between look, see & watch and then listen & hear.

Use the comments section to explain what's the difference in meaning and give some example sentences. To get you thinking, I have created a ten-question quiz for you to try.

So who is going to be the first person to write a explanation?

I know you can do it!

Your Top English Questions Answered

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Every month we ask our newsletter readers to send in their questions to Tim, our teacher at EC Brighton, our English language school in Brighton, about the English language. Here are your questions:

 

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Star Question!

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Ten common mistakes made by English learners

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Read through these ten example sentences. They all contain common mistakes made by English learners. Do you know what is wrong with each sentence?

Adjective endings - Cape Town is excited...or exciting?

Average: 3.9 (10 votes)

The following diary entries of an EC teacher in Cape Town are filled with adjectives. Choose the correct adjective in each sentence.

Noun or Adjective Quiz

Average: 2.9 (17 votes)

Using an adjective in a sentence when you should use a noun will make your English sound strange. Let's try cuting down on your errors by taking this short quiz. For each question you have two options. Choose either the adjective or noun form. 

So and Neither

Average: 3.9 (45 votes)

uncountable and countable nouns

Average: 3.2 (17 votes)

So what's the difference between countable and uncountable nouns?

Let's take a look at two nouns: cars and water. If you stand outside you will proabably see cars passing. You can count these cars 1 car, 2 cars, 3 cars and so on.

Water, however, can not be seperated and counted. We do not say 1 water, 2 waters.

So now we know that cars are countable and water is uncountable.