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How to form plural nouns

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The following sentence contains a singular noun.

They keep their car in the garage.

The following sentence contains a plural noun.

They keep their cars in the garage.

Plural nouns indicate there is more than one of something.

Making plural nouns

When a noun the ends in s, x, ch, or sh, add es to the end:

There is a an old church in the village.
There are two old churches in villages.

Oscar Winners

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The Academy Awards or The Oscars were held last night in Los Angeles. The ceremony, now in its 87th year, celebrates the best in cinema over the last twelve months.

What's the best film you have seen recently? Recommend a good movie and why we should watch it. Leave your suggestions in the comments below.

Here are some sentences describing some of last night's events, but don't have to be a film buff (expert) to take this quiz. Read through the sentences and choose the correct missing word.

Uses of prepositions

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Prepositions show the relationship between nouns or pronouns.

They are used in a variety of situations, here are five circumstances:

Prepositions of place examples

My text book is on the desk.

Did you learn English in London?

Prepositions of time examples

We go camping in summer.

I'll call you on Friday.

Prepositions of direction examples

We not allowed into the kitchen.

5 food and taste idioms

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Meat and Potatoes

The most basic and important part of something is the meat and potatoes.

The meat and potatoes of this newspaper is the business news.

Volunteer work is the meat and potatoes of the programme.

Meat and Drink

When you find a task, that others find difficult, easy and pleasant, it is meat and drink to you.

Most people dislike making speeches in front of audiences but it's meat and drink to me.

Vocabulary Lesson: English in the Premier League

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Living and working abroad is an amazing and challenging experience. You have to adapt to a new culture and a new way of life.

Would you love to live in another country, work in an international environment and be well paid? For football fans, the dream is England!

Friday 13th - Unlucky Day

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Did you know that Friday the 13th is considered an _1_ day in Western superstition?

Is this a superstition in your country too?

In English-speaking countries we also say, if you _2_ under a ladder, you will have bad luck.

Breaking a mirror will bring you seven _3_ of bad luck.

It's thought to be unlucky to _4_ an umbrella inside a house.

Vocabulary: Renting an apartment

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Looking for a place can be exciting but it's also likely to be a stressful experience.

Places to rent may be limited therefore it is important that you ask at your English school for advice on where to start searching.

The most important thing about renting an apartment is finding a place within your budget.

If places are too expensive you should consider getting a roommate to help with the rent.

In the news: Sam Smith at the Grammys

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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

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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

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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.