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What's the difference between disinterested and uninterested

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Interested is, of course, a very widely used English language word. Do know what its opposite is? Actually, there are two words which seem similar, yet have difference uses. Let's take a quick look at disinterested and uninterested.

Phrasal verb of the day: Strike Out

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This month's cartoon looks at the phrasal verb strike out.

Strike has a few meanings, let's take a look at two.

Strike: To hit or attack someone using force in a violent way.
"Be very careful, some snakes can strike faster than human eyes can follow!"

Important Forms Practice

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A tricky exercise for you today!

Choose the correct word in each sentence.

All of these words are very common, but very easy to confuse. Let me know which questions give you problems and I will explain the reason.

Who can get 10/10?

Link: Adjective Word Order

Gerunds and Infinitives

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A Gerund is a verbal noun - it is a verb acting as a noun. Gerunds are made by adding -ing to the base verb e.g. watch / watching.

Gerunds can either be the subject or object of a verb:

Gerund as a subject: "Skiing is great."
Gerund as an object: "I love skiing."

Gerunds are often used after state verbs e.g.

Hey, what’s up?

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A few useful introductory phrases for Beginner/Elementary students

In informal English people often greet each other saying: "what’s up?" This is not appropriate in all conversations. Below is a dialogue between two students, Andreas and Belinda on their first day at their English school. They are using language that is appropriate for everyday use. Can you guess the missing words?

Quantifiers for Intermediate Students

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Read the text about Cape Town and try to put the correct nouns in the spaces.

activities / cultures / countries / pubs / time / awareness / tourists / fun / systems / policemen / restaurants / attention / peace / things / beaches / people / crime / resources / cameras / focus

Verb-noun collocations for Elementary students

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EC Students in Cape Town

There are certain verbs that always go with certain nouns. We call this a collocation. Read 3 diary entries of a few students and choose the correct verbs from the box below to fill in on the blank space. Each verb can be used more than once.

March: Your questions of the month

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Here are the top questions you sent to our online newsletter, English in your Inbox. Thanks to everyone who took part.

Future perfect tense

How we use future perfect tense? It's confusing.

Reported Speech and Reporting Verbs

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Reported speech

Direct speech and reported speech are the two ways we can say what someone has said.

Directed speech: "I am your neighbour," said James.

Reported speech: James said that he was my neighbour.

Present Simple and Present Continuous

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