Death and Americans: present perfect simple, part II

Soooo I promised you a part two to my present perfect simple blog post. Here it is, but you’re going to have to work for it. Look at these sentences: Queen Elizabeth the second is a wonderful leader. She has been an inspiration to the people of Britain for many years. She lived in BuckinghamContinue reading “Death and Americans: present perfect simple, part II”

I’ve done it! -using present perfect simple to show off.

Yes! I’ve done it! I’ve started the third month of my blog! Woo, go me! This week we’re looking at the present perfect simple TO SHOW OFF! There are two reasons to use the present perfect simple To say “how long” something has happened for, (Something that starts in the past and continues to theContinue reading “I’ve done it! -using present perfect simple to show off.”

“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.”

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”

Mistakes with “get” and “become”, or : “I want to become a sausage.”

There is a legend in English teaching circles of a young man from Germany called Hans. Hans was a lively young man and decided one fine day to go for a walk in the forest. The forest was magical, as they often are in such stories, and soon poor Hans got lost and met aContinue reading “Mistakes with “get” and “become”, or : “I want to become a sausage.””

Mistakes with uncountable nouns

There are some words that I see wrong so often in English texts here in Switzerland that I begin to doubt my sanity. Maybe you can say “informations”, “feedbacks”, “advices” and “accommodations” in English? No way! (A quick look in my grammar Bible brings me back to reality). You just can’t. These words are uncountableContinue reading “Mistakes with uncountable nouns”

Mistakes using “by” and “until”

Hi English enthusiasts! I’ve decided to start a blog correcting errors that I hear from students and other speakers of English as a foreign language day after day here in Switzerland. I hope you will join me on this journey into the foul swamps of split infinitives and false friends. Let’s start with that oldContinue reading “Mistakes using “by” and “until””