Sneaky commas and “that” or “which”?

Hmmmmmmm……which one, “that” or “which”? Many thanks to Andrew for suggesting this one. A warning first: We are getting into serious language nerd territory. It’s the kind of thing that native speakers get wrong all the time! *Cough* It’s all about two types of relative clause. A relative clause is part of a sentence startingContinue reading “Sneaky commas and “that” or “which”?”

“I’m lovin’ it!”, or: Why English teachers hate McDonalds.

I remember exactly when McDonalds adopted “I’m loving it!” as their slogan. I was working in Cologne. It must have been in 2001 or 2002. I was just coming home after a long day of teaching stative verbs, you know, the ones you can’t put in the continuous (to be/-ing) form. The verbs that describe:Continue reading ““I’m lovin’ it!”, or: Why English teachers hate McDonalds.”

Those pesky exceptions: “all” and “every”.

“Every breath you take…Every move you make…” oops! Back to those songs again. This week my son requested that I write about the difference between “all” and “every”. Mistakes with these expressions are very common. Quiz time. What words go here, “all” or “every”? Do you know the songs? -Watch out! It’s not as easyContinue reading “Those pesky exceptions: “all” and “every”.”

Lessons in “for” and “since” from Sam Smith, BB King and friends

Confusion with “for” and “since” is a very common problem for English learners. Often, even when people understand how to use each word correctly, there are slip-ups. The difference in the use of these two words is one of those things that is specific to the English language and therefore difficult to remember. Thankfully songwritersContinue reading “Lessons in “for” and “since” from Sam Smith, BB King and friends”