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7 Phrasal Verbs for you to learn

Average: 4 (16 votes)

Read the following paragraph paying attention to the phrasal verbs.

How to use modal verbs

Average: 3.4 (103 votes)

Many people learning English find modal verbs confusing, especially their specific meanings. Here's a basic introduction to some modal verbs with examples.

can

Can is used in three ways. It is used to show that something is possible:

"You can come to the party if you want."

Can is also used when making a request or when asking for permission:

Choose the correct forms of the verb

Average: 3.8 (343 votes)

Take a look at these ten sentences and complete them with the correct forms of the verbs.

There are four choices for each sentence, but only one is correct.

This exercise is intermediate level. Let's see how many of you can get 10 out of 10.

Using question Tags

EC wins a Star Award

Average: 3.6 (8 votes)

We won! All of us at EC are in a great mood at the moment because we won an award for one of our English courses. You might, or might not know, that apart from offering daily English lessons on this site, EC is also a chain of English schools with schools in London, Brighton, Cambridge, New York, Boston, San Diego, Cape Town and Malta. We're always working our hardest to give our language students the best experience we can. This means offering the highest quality English lessons, great accommodation options and a fun activities programme. The whole package.

Collocations - learn correct English

Average: 3.5 (35 votes)

Make a mistake? Do a mistake? Take a mistake?

Which is the correct verb to use with 'a mistake'. I hope you said 'make'. But why is that right? Well, the fact is that  the verb and noun combination just sounds right in English.

The difficulty for English learners is that these 'collocations' must be learned, usually without any rules to help them remember. Collocations are best understood and learned through practice.

Find the mistakes...can you?

Average: 3.2 (9 votes)

Read these ten sentences. Are they OK? Do they have any mistakes? There are some, but how many? When you think that you have found all the mistakes click on Show Answers (below) for a full explanation.

1 - I have a lot of informations to remember.

2 - She speaks English good.

3 - Have you ever drank German beer?

4 - In the summer we always go to swimming.

5 - Each of these chocolates are tasty.

Idiom of the day 'That's That'

Average: 3.6 (13 votes)

That's that

or 'that takes care of that'

Meaning: There is no more to be said or done; the matter is finished.

Example:

"Father said he wouldn't buy you a new car, and that's that." - I won't discuss it any longer.

"I've finished packing all the boxes, and that's that." - The task of packing the boxes is now finished.

Vocabulary and Pronunciation lesson

Average: 2.7 (11 votes)

In English there are a number of words that share a pronunciation but have a different meaning. For example:

"I can see the sea."

In the above sentence see and sea have different spellings and meanings, but have the same pronunciation. They are examples of homophones.

Take a look at these ten sentences. Decide which is the correct word to complete the sentence. Each of the words have the same pronunciation.

Using the prefix Post-

Average: 3.3 (59 votes)

Prefix: an placed before a base or another prefix, as un- in unkind, un- and re- in unrewarding.

Post-: a prefix meaning after or later than

Here are five examples of prefixes using post-:

Idiom of the day 'The Bee's Knees'

Average: 3.5 (29 votes)

When you refer to something as 'the bee's knees', it means that it is of excellent or very high quality.

The origin of this expression is largely unknown, although there are a number of theories. Some people believe that it is a reference to the fact that bees carry pollen in sacks on their knees, and that the expression therefore alludes to this concentrated goodness. Others maintain that the saying is just a corruption of the word 'business'.