Order of Adverbs

An adverb is a word that gives more information about a verb, an adjective, another adverb, or even an entire sentence. It can be one word or an adverbial phrase:

Emma loved her son deeply.

Emma loved her son with all her heart.

They describe:

  • how an action is done (adverbs of manner):

She pushed him gently.

  • Where (adverbs of place):

We saw him at the cinema.

  • and when (adverbs of time):

She met him at 7 o’clock.

If there is more than one adverb, they usually go like this:

MANNER – PLACE – TIME

The New York Knicks played marvellously in Boston last night.

We were walking in the park in the afternoon.

Sometimes we place the adverb at the beginning of the sentence before the subject:

Yesterday, it was raining all day.

Sometimes, I like to have my tea in the evening.

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Collocations with the Verb “Hope”

Here are some collocations with the verb “hope” to help you adopt natural English expressions as well as build up your vocabulary:

Real / sincere hope


It is my sincere hope their marriage will be a happy one.


High hopes


High hopes of his parents were not realized.


False hope


Don’t give him false hope.


Early hopes


His early hopes of becoming a doctor became true.


Be full of hopes (hopeful)


They were full of hope they’d get the tickets.


Hope for the best


I had the car fixed. Now we can hope for the best.


Cherish hope


Mary cherished the hope David would propose to her.


Keep alive the hope


They kept their hope of moving abroad alive.


Give up hope


He gave up his hopes of becoming a pilot.


Every hope


We have every hope of finishing the project this year.


Hope in hell


You haven’t got a hope in hell of getting that job.


Hopes and dreams


She told me all about her hopes and dreams.

GET vs TAKE

English learners sometimes get confused about the usage of these two verbs because it’s not always easy to decide which one to use. Therefore, we need to be very careful when we use them.

We can say that take means to hold or pick something, while get has meanings: obtain, reach, arrive.

Besides, both verbs form numerous collocations, idioms and phrases which we need to learn by heart just like any other vocabulary.

Here are some examples:

He took some cheese out of the fridge.

He always takes shower in the evening.

John took me to the cinema.

I got my salary on Friday.

I’m afraid I haven’t got your email.

I always get up at 7.

Do the quiz to perfect your knowledge:

Prepositions of Place – AT, IN, ON

There is a lot of confusion about the prepositions AT, IN, ON related to place.

The prepositions IN, ON, AT can be used to locate something.

Here are some explanations altogether with example sentences.

AT


AT is used to describe the position of something at a particular place.

Examples:

at the bus (railway) station, airport


at the entrance /door /gate


at the crossroads /junction


at the top of the mountain/hill/ building


at Clare’s house / at home

Example sentences:


They were very proud when they arrived at the top of the mountain.


You can call me on my stable phone. I’ll be at home all day.


Jane was standing at the door when she saw them coming.

IN

IN is used to describe the position of something within a closed space.

Examples:

In a bus / car / taxi


In a building / restaurant/ cafe / school / hospital


In a bag / suitcase / wallet


In London / New York


In Mexico / the UK


in the news / magazine / newspaper

Example sentences:


She found some clothes in her wardrobe.


She was watching around while driving in a taxi.


I’ve never lived in Mexico.

ON

ON is used to describe a position on top of a surface of something.

Examples:

On the wall/ celling/


On the table / desk / shelf


On the floor / carpet / rug


On a street / road


On a river / beach / coast / island


On the website / page / screen

Example sentences:

They hang a picture on the wall.


Your keys are on the table.


You can find more information about ticket reservations on this website.

To check your knowledge, do the quiz bellow:

Compound Adjectives with -ED Endings

Compound adjectives are adjectives with two or more words and a hyphen between them.

We form them by combining an adjective or number with a noun plus -ED.

For example:

A woman with blond hair = blond-haired woman.

An animal with four legs = four-legged animal.

Now, try and make compound adjectives with -ed endings by yourself:

1) Trousers which are the color of sand.

2) A man with white hair.

3) A car with three wheels.

4) A nurse with green eyes.

5) Furniture at a low price.

6) A person who has an open mind.

Answer key: 1) sand-colored trousers, 2) white-haired man, 3) three-wheeled car, 4) green-eyed nurse, 5) low-priced furniture, 6) open-minded person

9 phrasal verbs with the verb “draw”

Here is a good opportunity to learn some phrasal verbs with the verb “draw”.

DRAW IN – days become shorter as autumn is coming.
Ex: It’s much colder and the days are drawing in.

DRAW ON/UPON SOMETHING – begin using a supply.
Ex: I spent all my money on vacation and now I have to draw on my savings.

DRAW OUT – lengthen.
Ex: The summer holiday drew out because we were bored.

DRAW OUT SOMEONE – to encourage someone to express his/her thoughts.
Ex: Paul drew out Julie to talk about her work.

DRAW SOMEONE INTO SOMETHING – to involve someone in an unpleasant situation.
Ex: It’s not fair to draw me into your arguments with our colleagues.

DRAW SOMETHING DOWN – pull something down.
Ex: Ronnie locked the door and pulled down the shutters.

DRAW SOMETHING OFF – to remove a small amount of liquid.
Ex: I had to draw some coffee off my cup because it was overflown.

DRAW UP SOMETHING – prepare formal documents.
Ex: The company lawyer drew up the contract.

DRAW YOURSELF UP – to stand up straight, usually in an attempt to look important.
Ex: I know you are tired, but please try to draw yourself up for the photo.