Today let’s take a look at two verbs that have several meanings: take and get.
Let’s look at a few common meanings of take first:
This is mostly used when we talk about medicine. For example, my grandparents take their pills two times a day.
These are some collocations with take that mean to relax. These are: • Take a break • Take a holiday • Take a rest • Take time off
The difference between them is that the first and second one can mean to relax for a short time, while the other two can last for days, weeks or even years. 🙂
3) Travel by
If you need to get somewhere, you can walk there or take a train, a bus or a plane.
When you’re dirty or tired in the morning, taking a shower or a bath can give you energy, as well as make you clean.
Now, let’s take a look at some common meanings of get:
This meaning can be gotten if it’s used before a noun. Acquire itself can mean a few things: to buy, to gain, to obtain, to receive Here are some examples of this: • Get a job • Get a message • Get a pet • Get a present • Get a result
Get will have this meaning if it’s used before an adjective. Some examples of this are: • Get angry • Get bored • Get lost • Get married • Get tired
When you want people to bring you something, you can use get and it will have this meaning. For example, a polite way of asking someone to give you your phone would be could you get my phone for me, please?
You can use get to mean to reach or arrive to a destination. Here are a few examples: I’ll call you when I get to the airport. I got home late at night. He got to the city early in the morning.
How about we practice using them in context? 🙂
I hope this made take and get a bit easier for you to understand. 🙂
I have a question for you: Which of the following would you like to do?
• Get a new car • Get a new job • Get home earlier • Get more sleep • Take a long vacation • Take a plane to a new destination • Take a warm shower • Take less medicine
Let us know in the comments section and have a good weekend! 🙂
Today let’s take a look at lying. In particular, we’ll look at a few different types of lies. This can help us be more polite when talking to a liar and identify how big of a liar we’ve got.
We will do that with the help of this video by The Economist:
Before we go further, in order to check your understanding of the video, how about we go through a few simple questions?
The interesting thing for me about this video was that it mentioned 4 other alternatives to the word lie:
• Nonsense • Exaggeration • Untruth • Bullshit
Let’s look at these alternatives and see what they mean:
When you say that something is nonsense, it means that what you’ve heard is too absurd to be true.
When people exaggerate, they try to make something seem more important, better or worse than it really is.
Let’s have Steve Harvey give you a good example 😀
Untruth is a statement which isn’t true. The difference between a lie and untruth is that lying has a reason: the person lying wants to deceive you, however, saying something untrue doesn’t necessarily need a reason. In other words, you can believe in something which isn’t true and tell this to other people like Barack Obama did. 🙂
This is commonly used for statements said by politicians. The aim of a bullshitter is to get a reaction from the people listening to them. In fact, these people know the truth, but they’re telling lies on purpose, quite often in order to impress people.
Let’s see if you can tell the difference with a few examples:
To sum it up and to help you further remember this, I’ve got an activity for you:
Think about what happened in your life and share an example when you used one of these types of lies in the comments section.
That’s all for today. Have a great weekend and see you next Saturday! 🙂
Today let’s take a look at conjunctions. Those are the words that connect other words and phrases together.
The simplest ones that we often use are and, but, for, or, so and yet.
But, apart from those, there are many more options we can use.
Let’s look at some of them:
When you make two statements and one of them is surprising, you start your sentence with although.
Quite often we can use either although or though, though can be put somewhere else in your sentences, but, in some cases, it changes its meaning to however and then you can’t switch it to although. These cases turn though into adverbs, not conjunctions.
This one’s easy to understand. We use because when we give reasons to what we’re saying.
Similarly to although, when we use despite, we talk about something surprising, something that strongly contrasts whatever we said before.
You can also use in spite of instead, but don’t forget to use all 3 words when you do that!
Provided may seem like a long word, but it has the same meaning as only if. We can add that after this conjunction, but it’s not necessary.
Apart from being used in the Perfect tenses, since can be used to show the time when something happened or the reason for something (Just like because)
Just like provided, unless also means something with if, specifically if not.
In this case, if I wanted to change unless to if not, I would get
You don’t have to come with us if you don’t want to.
Doesn’t seem too hard, does it? Let’s check that out by doing a short matching exercise!
The idea for this post came from the fact that when you want your site to be found more often by Google, you have to use a lot of similar words, which are referred to as “Transition words”. Though it can get your website into the top of the search, I find that the first articles often overuse these words and aren’t that useful to me when I’m looking for specific information.
What about you? Would you prefer to see more complex, but easier to find posts or do you think my style of writing is easier to understand and is more useful for you?
Let us know in the comments section and have a great weekend! 🙂
Today let’s take a look at the word like and how it changes its meaning.
We use like in the following cases:
1) To talk about the things we like
This one is pretty obvious, I like animals, I like meeting new people and I like you 😉
2) To ask for information about something or someone
Quite often, when you want to find out more about someone, you can ask “What’s he/she like?” and the answer to that will be a description of the person’s appearance, personality and what they feel about this person.
You could also ask a friend who’s in another country “What’s it like in Berlin?” and find out what they think of the place they’re in.
3) To point out similarities
When you say that someone or something looks like someone or something else, you’re pointing out the similarities between both objects.
4) To give an example
This is common in spoken English.
Some people, like Arnold Schwarzenegger, worked hard to become who they are now.
5) A filler
Like is often used as a filler. A filler is a word we use when we want to buy time to think about what to say.
Here’s an example from a guy who’s moved to Amsterdam and wants to share what he likes about the city:
And also, like… going to Paris is only 3 hours. So if you want to go to Disneyland – 3 hours and you are there!
Let’s practice the different uses of like with these exercises below:
First, choose the right answer to the questions.
Here are two more exercises to give you a better challenge:
If you want to further improve your English, here’s a challenge for you:
Write down your answers to the questions you’ve made and leave a comment for us to know.
That’s all for today. I hope you enjoy your weekend! 🙂
Today let’s take a look at some words we use together with time and what they mean.
1) Waste time
Spending time doing something means that you’re doing it for some time. On the other hand, when you waste time this means that you’re spending time badly. When you say that something is a waste of time, you mean that what someone’s doing is useless and that they shouldn’t do this.
Don’t waste your time trying to fix what you broke!
2) It’s about time
Contrary to what you’re thinking, we don’t use this phrase to say what we’re talking about. The meaning of it’s about time is Finally. If you’re waiting for a friend to show up and he comes one hour later, you can start your conversation by saying: It’s about time you showed up!
3) To make time for
When you’re very busy but somebody wants to see and talk to you, you can tell them that you will try to make time for them. As we get older, we also have less free time and we have to learn to make time for our hobbies and the things we care about. Here’s a tip from the co-founder of the Blue Man Group:
4) Kill time
Kill time is similar to spend time. The difference is where we use it. When you kill time, this means that you are doing something to spend the time you have before you do something you’ve planned. For example, when I’m on a train or a bus, I listen to music to kill time.
5) Take your time
One of my favorite phrases, this phrase means don’t hurry. I don’t rush people and I understand that my students may need time to think before they can say something and I tell them to take their time. 🙂
6) Hard time
Hard time has different meanings:
1. Having a hard time means something is difficult for us to do:
I’m having a hard time doing homework. Can you help me with this exercise?
2. Hard time can be a difficult period in our lives.
Since he was admitted to the hospital, Summer’s been a hard time for Jacob.
Let’s see if you can handle using time by doing a quick exercise:
It seems as though I’ve run out of time. I’d love it if you could share what you do to kill time.
Leave a comment for us to know and see you next Saturday! 🙂
Today, let’s take a look at some words my students often confuse.
Affect / Effect
While both words have a similar meaning, affect is a verb and effect is a noun. Their meaning becomes the same when you add Have anbefore and onaftereffect.
Meeting her affected me = Meeting her had an effect on me
Advice / Advise
This is another example of a noun and a verb.
We give people advice, but we advise people to do something.
Bare / Bear
Bare means naked or uncovered. For example, if I’m walking barefoot, this means I’m not wearing any shoes (and socks)
Bear can be the animal, as well as be used as a verb meaning accept and tolerate unpleasant things and difficulties. (We must bear the responsibility for our choices)
Cereal / Serial
Often, when the topic of movies and TV series comes up, students tend to say that they watch serials, which wouldn’t be wrong if they had given more information. However, all three words have a different meaning
Cereal is something we don’t need to cook and usually eat for breakfast.
Let’s look at a few of the meanings of Serial:
1) Part of a series (This book is a serial novel. The whole story is divided into 3 books) 2) Someone who commits a crime more than once. (The police caught a serial killer this week) 3) Something that appears at regular periods of time. (I read serial publications (magazines, newspapers, e.t.c.) to know all the latest trends)
The first word is often used when talking about food or fashion. For example, you want to tell your friend that the shoes he’s wearing complement his suit or the cheese complements the pasta you’re eating. When you say that, it can sometimes sound like a compliment.
To the person reading this and doing the exercises, you are amazing and you’re doing a great job working on your English! How’s that for a compliment? 🙂
Emigrate / Immigrate
Both words have a very similar meaning, but Emigrate is used to talk about leaving one country and moving to another while immigrate is used to say that you came to live in this country.
My friend wants to emigrate from Ukraine to the USA (He wants to move to the USA from his own country) The Vallejo family immigrated to the USA in 2012 (They came to the USA and they’re living there now)
Quiet means that there’s no noise. You can ask people to be quiet if they talk too loudly. Quite, on the other hand, is used for emphasis and can also mean a little or a lot but not completely
There were quite a lot of people I haven’t seen for years at the party. (I want you to hear that there were a lot of people I forgot all about) I’m quite tired after our trip. (But not completely tired, I can still walk)
Than / Then
Sometimes people can confuse the two words, but it’s quite simple, actually. Than is used when we want to compare something (He’s older than me) while Then is used for talking about the time or when you talk about what happened or will happen next:
I’ll talk to you tomorrow. Hopefully, I’ll have an answer for you by then. I’ll ask her if she wants to join us and then we’ll go.
I advise you to practice these words in context by doing a few short exercises below:
I hope this post will have a good effect on you, I hope you got quite a good result and that your second try was better than the first one. 😉
Today, let’s take a quick look at 2 suffixes: -less and -ful.
We use both suffixes to turn nouns into adjectives and talk about a quality. The difference is that when you use -less, you want to say that something or someone is without this quality and when you use -ful you mean it’s full of this quality.
He’s homeless – he doesn’t have a home.
She’s beautiful – she looks very good.
Some nouns can have both suffixes, while others can use only one or none of them.
Let’s look at some examples:
Let’s look at these and a few other examples in practice:
I hope this was helpful to you and I’d like to ask you: When you’re feeling down, what can quickly make you cheerful again?
Let us know in the comments section and see you next Saturday! 🙂