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In the news: Sam Smith at the Grammys

Average: 3.4 (10 votes)

Sam Smith has pretty much swept the board at the 2015 Grammy Awards.

The 22-year-old British soul singer was the big winnner at the 57th ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

He crowned his breakthrough year by winning four awards, from the six he was nominated for, including best new artist and record of the year.

5 idioms using nationalities

Average: 4.3 (11 votes)

1. Greek to me

Greek is the adjective form for the country Greece.

It's (all) Greek to me is used to describe something that is very confusing or not understandable.

I've tried reading the instructions but it's all Greek to me.

2. Go Dutch

Dutch is the adjective for the Netherlands, also known as Holland.

Nouns and their verb forms

Average: 3.7 (31 votes)

Today we look at some nouns, how they change into verbs and examples of use. English learners often confuse the noun form for the verb form when speaking, let's see if we can fix that problem for these words!

advice and advise

Advice (noun): My grandmother gave me some good advice.
Advise (verb): I advise you to travel abroad while you can.

Be and Have verbs

Average: 4.4 (19 votes)

As a main verb “to have” implies the meaning of possession.

What's the difference between is and has in this sentence:

Sophia is an English teacher, she has brown eyes.

Be verb

Is is used to say something about a person, thing, or state, to show a permanent or temporary quality, state, job, etc:

Subject Pronouns and Possessive Adjectives

Average: 3.6 (14 votes)

Subject Pronouns

Subject pronouns are used when the pronoun is the subject of the sentence.

Singular Subject Pronouns
I - I bought a new bike.
You - You told me you would be busy.
He - James is intelligent and he is funny.
She - She wears a uniform to school.
It - The dog is big but it is friendly.

Business English: Apple's record profits

Average: 4.1 (8 votes)

Twelve months ago, Apple reported low iPhone sales that seemed to confirm long-term worries that the company's best days were over. Industry analysts thought Apple were struggling to maintain the high levels of success previously set by founder Steve Jobs.

Doubts over the ability of Tim Cook, who took over as current CEO six weeks before Jobs passed away, have been banished with the company's latest sales figures.

How would you reply to these questions?

Average: 3.6 (22 votes)

What do you think is the best response to each question?

1) What did John say?

a) He said he would call you tonight.
b) He saying he would call you tonight.
c) He calling you tonight he said.

The correct answer is a) 'He said he would call you tonight' because it is the correct use of reported speech.

2) Have you seen Belinda?

a) I haven't seen her since 3 days.
b) I haven't seen her for 3 days.
c) I seen her 3 days ago.

What's the difference between amount and number?

Average: 3.7 (13 votes)

The confusion between amount and number is common but can be easily overcome. They are not interchangable - their use relates to countable and uncountable nouns.

Amount

Use amount is with uncountable nouns and abstract nouns:

amount of time

amount of snow

amount of noise

amount of love (abstract noun)

amount of pride (abstract noun)

Number

Bedroom Vocabulary

Average: 5 (8 votes)

Can you raed tihs sntecene?

Can you read this sentence?

Smoe of the lteters hvae been mxeid up.

Some of the letters have been mixed up.

Raed touhrgh the flolnowig sncteeens and ulcrmnabse the key wdros.

Read through the following sentences and unscramble the key words.

Tpye the crcroet seilpnlg in the bexos.

Type the correct spelling in the boxes.

All the wodrs are rteaeld to bdeomros.

In the news: Smoking

Average: 4 (14 votes)

Do you smoke?

Did you know the UK government are trying to pass a law banning branding on packs of cigarettes.

If they are successful tobacco manufactuers will be forced to sell their cigarettes in plain packets.

The motivation behind this decision is to make smoking less appealing to people, especially children.

A similar law was passed in Australia in 2012 that has resulted in a fall in smoking rates from 15.1% to 12.8% for people aged 14.