Make or do?
Make and do can be a problem for many students because there are not specific rules that helps us decide which to use in every situtation. Most of the time we have to just learn when to use make and when to use do. However, there are some rules that might help you learn some of the expressions… Test yourself at the end with our Quick Quiz on make/do.
Make and do: MAKE
1: Used to describe something that we can create or produce
The table is made of wood.
The toys were made in China.
Wine is made from grapes.
He wants a wedding ring made of platinum not gold.
2: Used to describe food/drinks
Make breakfast, lunch, brunch, dinner, tea, coffee, a cake, a sandwich, a salad, a roast dinner etc.
I don’t feel like making dinner tonight. Shall we eat out?
I’m going to make a cup of tea. Would you like one?
I don’t normally make breakfast for the family now. The kids are old enough to make their own.
I’ve bought some rum. I thought we could make some cocktails for the party.
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Prepositions of time
This post looks at the prepositions of time, in, on and at with dates and times. There is a quick quiz at the end to test your knowledge.
Prepositions of time: IN
Used for non-specific times, for example: years, months
In the morning
In the afternoon
In the evening
In five minutes
In a few minutes/days/weeks/months/years
In three weeks
In ten months
In the future
In one hundred years’ time
In the moment (this describes someone who lives for the present and does not think about the future. Therefore it is important not confuse with ‘at the moment’ = right now) Continue reading Prepositions of time, in, at, on: Learn English Grammar
Comparatives and Superlatives
In this blog post we look at how to use comparatives and superlatives to describe things and people.
Look at the following sentences:
Who do you think is funnier? Pete or Sally?
I found the first book much more interesting than the second.
John is friendly but I think Jane is friendlier.
Houses in London are more expensive than anywhere else in the UK.
Julie is the oldest student in her class.
We think he is the funniest comedian we have ever seen.
Who made the most delicious cake?
Houses in London are the most expensive in the UK.
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For, since, ago
For, since, ago can be confusing for many learners of English. This article looks at when we use them.
We use since to talk about a time in the past when we started doing something or something started happening.
We use the present perfect or present perfect continuous to show something that started in the past but is still happening or important to the present.
Since + a point of time in the past
I have been living in England since 2008.
I have lived in this house since May.
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