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Thursday, July 27, 2017

When we only as an adverb it can mean - no more than; no longer than


Only

When we only as an adverb it can mean - no more than; no longer than
"It was so hot my ice cream melted in only 5 or 10 seconds!"
- It took no longer than 5 or 10 seconds



"She's only 21 and she runs her own business."
- She is young (no more than 21) but she has her own business. Great!



"It only took a few seconds."

"I think Bill only does laundry once a week." 
- I don't think that he does laundry more than once a week.



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Monday, July 24, 2017

English expressions - just right


~English expressions~

If something is just right it means it is perfect. 

"It was my first time to make pumpkin pie, but it came out just right!"


We often say just the right shape, color, size etc. to say that something is exactly correct.

"This dress is just the right size."   



This photo was taken at just the right time!

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

English expressions - Sick as a dog



Last Friday I had to cancel my dentist appointment because I felt terrible. I had a headache and an upset stomach. I was sick as a dog.
Can you guess what the expression “sick as a dog” means?
Sick as a dog - means you are very ill
I just saw Walter a few minutes ago. He looked sick as a dog so I told him to go home.


Jonathan drank too much at the party last night and now he's sick as a dog!
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Words with the suffix ~ous

Recently in Japan some dangerous ants have been found in Oi, a port in Tokyo.

ant noun - a small insect that lives in highly organized groups. 


port - noun - a place where ships load and unload goods or shelter from storms


The ants are called 'fire ants' and they are poisonous!
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From this news we used 2 adjectives with the suffix ~ous. Dangerous and poisonous.

dangerous - likely to injure or harm somebody, or to damage or destroy something

poisonous - causing death or illness if swallowed or absorbed into the body
(These definitions come from Oxford Learner's Dictionaries)

A simple way to think of these 2 adjectives is to look at the root word, the word without the suffix ous.

danger (ous) If a situation has danger it is dangerous.

poison (ous) If a something has poison it is poisonous.

Many adjectives that use the suffix ~ous have this basic meaning. 

Japan is very mountainous. (It has many mountains)

A tumor that has cancer is cancerous.

The mole on my uncle's cheek is not cancerous.
We are relieved!

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Easily confused English - notify VS notice


Recently one of my private students confused 
the verbs notify and notice.

He told me:

The car rental company didn't notice me to confirm my reservation. X
This is not natural English at all, and it has a completely different meaning than what he meant.

The car rental company didn't notify me to confirm my reservation. 
This is correct!

Read the definitions and examples below to learn the differences between these 2 words
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notify - verb - to formally or officially tell somebody about something

"You must notify us in writing if you wish to cancel your subscription."

"The car rental company didn't notify me to confirm my reservation."

We can notify you by letter, email or telephone.
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notice - verb - to see or hear somebody/something; to become aware of somebody/something

"The first thing I noticed about the room was the smell."

"Did you notice how Rachel kept looking at her watch?"


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Monday, June 26, 2017

English vocabulary - place

The word place has more than 10 different uses in English! Here are a few examples:


PLACE
1. location or area
"This looks like a good place for our picnic. Many trees will give us lots of shade."


2. position or seat especially one that is available for a person or a thing
"Hi Steven, you can sit with us! I saved you a place."
"Is there some place I can put my school books?"

"Just put your books on the table."

3. role or importance of somebody/something in a situation, usually in relation to others
A: "I'm having a difficult time with my son, he hates school. What can I do?"
B: "I don't have kids so I'm in no place to give advice."

"I failed math in school so I'm in no place
to help with your homework!"

Today let's focus on the meaning that relates to races and competitions:


place = a position among the winners of a race or competition.
"I trained hard for the race and I finished in first place!"

Australia came in first place in the 2015 Rugby World Cup.



Thursday, June 22, 2017

June 21st is the summer solstice! Learn what "solstice" means in English!

June 21st is the summer solstice. (In the northern hemisphere)

solstice - noun - either of the two times of the year at which the sun reaches its highest or lowest point in the sky at midday, marked by the longest and shortest days
There is a Summer solstice and a Winter solstice.



The summer solstice is the longest day of the year. The day of the year with the most daylight (sunshine). In Tokyo the sun rose at around 4:30 am and it didn't set (go down) until 7:00 pm! That's more than 14 hours of daylight!

"In Tokyo the sun rose at around 4:30 am"
In this sentence rose is the past tense of the verb rise. Do you remember the difference between raise and rise? Click here to review my blog post!

June 21st is the summer solstice. (In the northern hemisphere)
Do you know what a hemisphere is?



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Monday, June 19, 2017

English vocabulary - forecast

English vocabulary - forecast
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forecast – noun – a statement about what will happen in the future, based on information that is available now
"It is difficult to make long-term forecasts for the technology industry. Technology is advancing so quickly now."

“The weather forecast says that the rain will stop at around 6:15.”
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Saturday, June 17, 2017

English vocabulary - raise VS rise



rise - verb 1.- to come or go upwards; to reach a higher level or position
"Smoke was rising from the chimney."


2. -  to increase in amount or number
~ rising gas bills


raise - verb - to increase the amount or level of something
"The store has raised the price of bananas."


Monday, May 29, 2017

English blog - Apply TO and Apply FOR

One of my students asked me the difference between  Apply TO and Apply FOR. It's a good question so I thought I would write a post for my blog readers. I hope it's helpful! 😀

We usually apply for a thing we want to get.

Apply for a job/bank loan etc.

I'm going to apply for a credit card today.
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We usually apply to a place we want to go (a school) or a place we would like to work (a company)

Apply to a company/university

I applied to the University of Toronto. I hope I get accepted!