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Many and Much: Which one to Use?


We've talked on the blog before about when to use fewer vs. less, which are both opposites of the word more.  Another similar set (group) of words are many and much. Many and much are used in very similar circumstances (instances, situations) to fewer and less. Many and much are used with countable and uncountable nouns, respectively. For a quick refresher on countable and uncountable nouns, an explainer on when to use many and much, as well as a short quiz, keep reading! Countable vs. Uncountable Nouns, and Many and Much Whether a noun is countable or uncountable has to do with (is concerned with) if something in groups can be counted or not. Things [...]

Many and Much: Which one to Use?2020-06-17T23:10:37+01:00

How to Use Quotation Marks


Do you know how to quote (cite) someone in your writing- whether in business, academia or in informal situations? Knowing how to use quotation marks – these -> “….” can help you write clearly and talk about what other people have said. They're an extremely useful part of writing, so it's important to know how to use quotation marks correctly. Whether you're a student who is learning about quotation marks for the first time, or a native speaker who wants a refresher (to review, learn again) on how to use quotation marks properly, keep reading to find out how to use them correctly in your writing. [...]

How to Use Quotation Marks2019-10-31T04:14:15+01:00

Do and Make Phrases in English


In some languages, the words make and do are very similar, and can sometimes be used interchangeably. However, this is not the case in English. Make and do are two separate words that cannot be used to substitute (replace) one another. But there are some do and make phrases in English to help you remember when to use each word. Make   In English, the word make is typically used when you create, construct, or build something. You will often hear the word make in relation to meals (prepared food). For example, you make yourself some lunch, or you ask your partner to make dinner. If you're creating something, go for the word make. Do   There are a lot of instances where we [...]

Do and Make Phrases in English2019-08-08T11:28:11+01:00

Root Word Fort: Strong


Has anyone ever told you that you have fortitude? Do you put a lot of effort into the things that you do? Then you might be interested to know about the root word fort, or strong.   We love root words here at Bespeaking because they're a great way to learn and remember new words! Root words like Ject, Err, Cult, Se give you terrific (great) insight into how words work and how they are related. Find out how the root word fort strengthens these words, with some help from our friends at Merriam Webster.   Fortitude   (noun) mental strength [...]

Root Word Fort: Strong2019-06-27T10:12:10+01:00

Both, Either, and Neither


How do you talk about two things in English? Whether you're talking about two things that are similar or eliminating (getting rid of, deleting) two things, it's important to have the right vocabulary. For that we have the words both, either, and neither in English. Curious about how to use these words? Then read on to improve your English vocabulary! Both Both, quite simply, is an easy way to talk about two things at the same time. We use both in English to talk about one thing and second thing. You can use it with two adjectives to help describe someone or something, and with two nouns to [...]

Both, Either, and Neither2019-06-17T12:43:02+01:00

Mistake Words in English


Mistake Words in English As much as we may like to be, we can't be perfect all the time. We're only human, and humans make mistakes. That means we say or do something wrong. That's why we decided to introduce you to some mistake words in English.   The next time you make a mistake, slip up, or an error, you'll have the vocabulary to describe what happened.   Mistake   A mistake is something that is wrong or incorrect, and usually done on accident (not on purpose). People don't mean to make a mistake, but sometimes it happens! If you [...]

Mistake Words in English2019-06-17T12:44:39+01:00

Can, Could, and Be Able To


Can, Could, and Be Able To How do you talk about ability in English? How do you talk about things you are able to do, like read, jump, play, or speak a language? This is where the words can, could, and be able to come into play. They're the perfect way to help you talk about ability. All three of these are very important to the English language, and we use them in everyday conversation very often. Make sure you know the difference between them to help improve (make better) your language ability! Uses of can, could, and be able to Can Can is a modal verb, which can be [...]

Can, Could, and Be Able To2019-06-17T12:45:47+01:00

Intensifiers in English


Intensifiers in English As we all know by now, English is full of great ways to say things. It can be a very descriptive (colorful, detailed) language, and there are a lot of different ways you can say something. But how do you make things even more descriptive? How do you say something was bigger or badder or more? This is where intensifiers in English come into play.   Using intensifiers in English is how we make adjectives stronger and your sentences more descriptive. Here's how you can do it:   Intensifiers   There are a few different levels of intensifiers [...]

Intensifiers in English2019-06-17T12:46:48+01:00

Like and As in English: Easy English Blog- Bespeaking


Like and As in English: Easy English Blog How do you talk about two things in English? How do you talk about similar (almost the same) things? Do you know? There's a very easy way to compare things in English. To do so, you can use the words like and as in English. Like and as are prepositions or conjunctions. But they can also be used to compare things. If you want to know how these words work, keep reading! Like Like + noun = "similar to" or "in the same way" Like is a preposition. It is followed by a noun or a pronoun. Using like is a great way to compare [...]

Like and As in English: Easy English Blog- Bespeaking2019-06-17T12:47:41+01:00

Homonyms in English: Some Tricky Ones


Homonyms in English: Some Tricky Ones English has a lot of things that can trip up (confuse) English students, and one of the trickiest ones are homonyms. Homonyms in English are words that are both pronounced and spelled the same, but have different meanings. This can be particularly confusing (hard to understand) when you're reading, as you have to use the context clues in the sentence to understand what is being said. Homonyms are a particularly advanced part of learning English, but we're here this week to help explain some of the interesting ones. Once you know what to look out for, you'll hopefully [...]

Homonyms in English: Some Tricky Ones2019-06-17T12:48:02+01:00

Most Commonly Confused Words: Part 2


Most Commonly Confused Words: Part 2 English is full of things that can be confusing. There are words that sound the same (like wear and where), words that are spelled the same but have different meanings (like right and right?), and phrases that sound confusing (like jumbo shrimp). Here is our second list of the most commonly confused words in English that throw even native speakers for a loop.   Check out our first list of commonly confused words, too!     If you're a native speaker, use this blog as a quiz to see how well you know some of [...]

Most Commonly Confused Words: Part 22019-06-17T12:48:20+01:00

Like the root word cult, this baby, too, will grow!


Root Word Cult: to Grow You may have heard the word cult in reference to extreme religious sects. I don't know about you, but I think a good documentary about a cult is fascinating! But did you know that the root word cult actually means "to grow"? If you think about the word cult when it comes to the religious meaning, they definitely grow out of a certain belief. If you take a look at the words that have the root word cult in them in English, you'll see that they all have something to do with things growing. Whether it's a culture that develops in a society, or viticulturists (people who grow grapes [...]

Like the root word cult, this baby, too, will grow!2019-06-17T13:17:23+01:00
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