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 … Continue reading GET vs TAKE

Usage of the word FAR

FAR is usually used in questions and negative sentences: London isn’t far from Coventry. Is your job far from your house? However, in affirmative sentences people usually say “a long way”: Los Angeles is a long way from New York. FAR is used in affirmative sentences only when it appears in phrases such as: too … Continue reading Usage of the word FAR

Across vs Over vs Through

ACROSS  and OVER are both prepositions and adverbs. They are in most cases interchangeable. Look at these sentences: They had to go across the river to get to their house. We walked over the bridge in the misty morning. However, when the meaning is ‘from side to side’, ACROSS is preferred: I ran across the … Continue reading Across vs Over vs Through

Any Longer vs Any More vs No Longer

Any longer and any more (or anymore) are synonyms. When we use any longer or any more, we need to use don’t/doesn’t because the adverbs express a negative relationship with time. It is also important that we put them at the end of the sentence. However, when we use no longer, it comes between the … Continue reading Any Longer vs Any More vs No Longer

Especially and Specially

 Especially and specially are adverbs. Especially means more than usual, most of all, in particular. Judith likes chocolate, especially the dark one. I like tea, especially the green tea. He’s usually tired in the evening, but he was especially tired this evening. Specially is used to talk about particular purpose or way of something. This … Continue reading Especially and Specially

Mistaken Words Like and As

There is much confusion about these two words because they are similar in meaning. Here are some important differences between them: LIKE is used: to say what something or someone looks / is like. Peter’s girl-friend looks like Annie Lennox. Your doorbell sounds like a siren. The soup smells like fish. with noun / pronoun … Continue reading Mistaken Words Like and As

Bring or Take?

The verbs bring and take are often mistaken because they both describe the movement from one location to another. The main difference is that bring describes movement toward someone or something: I’ll bring some tea. Pam brought a friend to the party. We should bring a camera to the picnic with us. On the other … Continue reading Bring or Take?

Good & Well

The main difference between good and well is: Good is an adjective and well is an adverb. Sarah paints well. Jim is a good painter. Things become confusing after linking verbs; we use good after linking verbs such as: be, taste, sound, smell, look, seem and feel if we want to describe the subject, not … Continue reading Good & Well