25 Collocations to Describe Someone's Personality

In this lesson, you will find natural English expressions for people's qualities and character. Good/bad company - to be pleasant/unpleasant to be with.Ex: They didn't like him. He was a bad company. Have a tendency to exaggerate / lose his/her temper / make snap (quick) decisionsEx: Peter's a great guy, but he sometimes has a … Continue reading 25 Collocations to Describe Someone's Personality

Time – off Expressions

To take time off – to be absent from work, at home, or on vacation.Ex: I’m going to take a few days off to visit my parents. To take a vacation – to take time away from work, especially when you travel from pleasure.Ex: I’m taking my vacation next month. We’re going to Greece. To take a sabbatical – … Continue reading Time – off Expressions

Collocations with the Word "Hope"

Here are some collocations with the word "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. … Continue reading Collocations with the Word "Hope"

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 … Continue reading Compound Adjectives with -ED Endings

Word building: suffix -OUS

When we add the suffix -OUS to the nouns, they become adjectives. The suffix -OUS means "full of" or "having the quality of". Let's look at some commonly used adjectives ending in -OUS: ENVIOUS - wanting something that another person has. Ex: You shouldn't be envious of people who have more than you do. DANGEROUS … Continue reading Word building: suffix -OUS

18 ways to say “thank you”

We need to say "thank you" so many times a day. Let's learn how to say it in more than one or two ways. Thank you/ Thanks/ Thank you very much/ Thanks a lot Thanks a ton/a bunch/a million. I am (really/very/so) grateful. Thank you, I (really) appreciate it. Cheers! You shouldn't have... Many thanks. … Continue reading 18 ways to say “thank you”

Meanings of the verb ‘ask’

Ask is a very common verb in English and as such it has several meanings: To request an answer from someone: She asked him a question. They asked them about the new product. To make a request: She asked the doctor to examine her. They asked the bank for a loan. To seek information: We … Continue reading Meanings of the verb ‘ask’

Other ways to say “however”

Don't you agree that "however" is a bit overused word? Well, here are some adequate alternatives: After all All the same Albeit Alternatively Although Anyhow At any rate Be that as it may But By way of contrast Conversely Despite that Even so For all that In contrast In whatever way Having said that In … Continue reading Other ways to say “however”

Expressions with “change”

Big / significant / considerable / revolutionary / drastic / important / major, radical change Mobile phones have undergone a revolutionary change in the past decade. Complete / systematic / minor / long-term / short-term / sudden / gradual / seasonal change Gradual changes will bring more stability to the company. Climate change The effects … Continue reading Expressions with “change”

Latin Abbreviations in English

I'm sure most of you are familiar with Latin abbreviations use in English. There are many of them but I’ll try to explain most frequently used ones. e.g. (exampli gratia) We use “e.g.” for giving specific examples. Ex:  I feel like eating something sweet, e.g. ice cream. i.e. (id est) This abbreviation is used to … Continue reading Latin Abbreviations in English