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Transitive and Intransitive Verbs

2019-06-17T12:51:39+00:00

Transitive and Intransitive Verbs If you're looking to deepen (improve, strengthen) your knowledge of English, it might be time to get into (understand, explore) some of the finer points of the language. That's why this week we’ve decided to take a look at transitive and intransitive verbs. Transitive and intransitive verbs are the two kinds of verbs in English.   Here's a look at these two types of verbs, as well as how to use them.   Transitive verbs   Transitive verbs are the most common kinds of verbs in English. They are action verbs that take a direct object, which [...]

Transitive and Intransitive Verbs2019-06-17T12:51:39+00:00

Each and Every: What’s the Difference? Easy English

2019-06-17T13:03:06+00:00

Each and Every: What's the Difference? Easy English Each and every are used in a similar way, but they have slightly different meanings. This can be confusing when learning English. Sometimes even native speakers confuse them! Both each and every can refer to a singular object. Each refers to one particular object or person. Every refers to a group of objects or people all together. Here's how you can use them, and some examples. Each The word each refers to a single object or person. When you use each, you want to emphasize (focus on, stress, point out, make more important) the individual and not the group as a whole. For example: Each writer has different ideas. Each egg is checked [...]

Each and Every: What’s the Difference? Easy English2019-06-17T13:03:06+00:00

Commonly Confused Words in English

2019-06-17T13:03:59+00:00

Commonly Confused Words in English We've said it before, and we'll say it again: English is a tough (hard) language to learn. So if you've decided to take on the challenge of learning English, good for you! You deserve a pat on the back (to be congratulated). One of the most difficult things about learning English is all of the commonly confused words. This can even be tough for native speakers!   If you're learning English, and even if you're a native speaker looking to freshen up your vocabulary, these commonly confused words are great to have down pat (learn perfectly, [...]

Commonly Confused Words in English2019-06-17T13:03:59+00:00

Some and Any: What’s the Difference? Easy English Blog

2019-06-17T13:04:42+00:00

Some and Any: What's the Difference? Easy English I always think the smallest words in a language are hardest to learn. Small words usually (often, a lot of time) have a lot of exceptions. They can also be very similar (the same)! So how do you know when to use them? How do you know when to use some and any?     For example, what is the difference between, "We have some pineapples," and "We don't have any pineapples"?   If you don’t know, or are not sure, read on to find out the answer!     Some   Some [...]

Some and Any: What’s the Difference? Easy English Blog2019-06-17T13:04:42+00:00

Verb Agreement with Collective Nouns

2019-06-17T13:04:57+00:00

Verb Agreement with Collective Nouns While English is a truly wonderful language with a lot to learn, there are some things that can be tricky for a non-native speaker....and even some of us natives, too!! One of these things is collective nouns. If you are going to talk about collective nouns (Easy English Blog), then you have to talk about the verb agreement with collective nouns.   In case you missed it before, a collective noun is a noun that refers to a group of things (typically people). Army, school, team, and company are all collective nouns, as there is more [...]

Verb Agreement with Collective Nouns2019-06-17T13:04:57+00:00

Passive vs Active Voice in English

2019-06-17T13:05:17+00:00

Passive vs Active Voice in English Sometimes when I'm writing these blogs, Microsoft Word will underline a sentence in green, saying that it has been written in the passive voice, and that I should consider revising (changing, rewording) the sentence. This is because the passive voice is not as common (often found) in the English language because we tend to use the active voice more frequently. We were definitely told to do this in school!!   So what exactly is the difference between the active and passive voice in English?   Active voice   Most sentences in English are in the [...]

Passive vs Active Voice in English2019-06-17T13:05:17+00:00

Singular Plurals – English Nouns Always in Plural Form

2019-06-17T13:05:53+00:00

Singular Plurals - Nouns Always in the Plural Form If you're a Bespeaking devotee (loyal fan), we're sure you saw our blog on collective nouns in English (or the Easy English Blog here). Collective nouns in English are nouns that are in the singular form, but refer to many things, like hair, information, or money, so you would think they are plural. However, as with many rules in English, you can be sure that there's an opposite to any word form or grammar point. There are simply some English nouns that are always in the plural form- singular plurals.   Plurals [...]

Singular Plurals – English Nouns Always in Plural Form2019-06-17T13:05:53+00:00

Talk about Future in English: will, going to, present continuous – Easy English Blog

2019-06-17T13:08:48+00:00

Talk about Future in English: will, going to, present continuous How do you talk about future plans in English- meaning things that you will do or have planned after now? Talking about the future is an important step in learning any language. There are a few easy ways to talk about future plans in English: using will, be going to and the present continuous tense.   We talk in the future tense all the time because we like to speak about things coming soon. There are a few ways to do this. Do you know the difference?   For example:   [...]

Talk about Future in English: will, going to, present continuous – Easy English Blog2019-06-17T13:08:48+00:00

Double Trouble: Double Negatives in English

2019-06-17T13:09:01+00:00

Double Trouble: Double Negatives in English Have you ever heard that two negatives make a positive? This is not only a concept in math class, but in English, too! This week, our blog is all about double negatives in English.   Even though double negatives, for example: not never, don’t neither, may be standard in some regional dialects, they are incorrect in standard English. You may know this already from your English teachers, but they may not have told you exactly why.   We hope to clear this up for you (make it clear to you). If you've ever used a double [...]

Double Trouble: Double Negatives in English2019-06-17T13:09:01+00:00

Root Word Se: Learn English with Root Words

2019-06-17T13:09:30+00:00

Root Word Se: To keep something apart Have you ever had a secret that you want to keep away from someone? Or severed something from something else? Or even selected something? Then you have used words that stem from the root word se, meaning to keep something apart.   Root words are extremely important to know about when studying a language because they can help you to understand many words at one time, and think critically about what these words truly mean. If you're learning a new language and know some Greek or Latin root words, you may be able to [...]

Root Word Se: Learn English with Root Words2019-06-17T13:09:30+00:00

8 Parts of Speech in English – Easy English

2019-06-17T13:10:29+00:00

8 Parts of Speech in English Ask a native speaker what a part of speech in English is and they may not know the answer. A part of speech is something that native speakers learn very early in school to explain the parts of a sentence. Sometimes, it's easy to forget the parts of speech- we don’t talk about them everyday. However, they're all necessary (needed) to build (make) sentences.   There are eight parts of speech in English. Every word in the English language is one of these parts of speech.   Are you learning English for the first time? Do you [...]

8 Parts of Speech in English – Easy English2019-06-17T13:10:29+00:00

Adverbs of Place in English

2019-06-17T13:11:15+00:00

Adverbs of Place in English Do you know The Beatles' song "Here There and Everywhere"? That song is a great example of adverbs of place. Think about all the words we use to describe where things are around us. Whether someone says, "come here” to you, if you're looking around the neighborhood, or if you've searched everywhere for something, you're using an adverb of place.   To help break it down (make it understandable) for you this week, we want to help you figure out adverbs of place...here, there, and everywhere!     Adverbs of Place -- Here & There   [...]

Adverbs of Place in English2019-06-17T13:11:15+00:00