English Mentors Tip of the Week – How to Pronounce “OUGH”

English Mentors Tip of the Week – How to Pronounce “OUGH”

  How to pronounce OUGH There are a few different ways to pronounce ‘ough’ in English words. Here are some rules you need to know. ‘Ough’ pronounced as ‘uff’ ‘Ough’ is pronounced ‘uff’ in ‘tough’, ‘rough’ and ‘enough’. Don’t go out in the rough seas. This steak is too tough to chew. That’s enough. ‘Ough’ […]

My English Mentor – Horsing Around

My English Mentor – Horsing Around

Horsing Around Racing terms have become part of the English language. So why not get racing with these common phrases? The favorite of a race or contest is the ‘front runner’. They are expected to win. She is the current front runner in this year’s elections. But picking the front runner doesn’t always guarantee it’s […]

My English Mentor – Accept – Except – Expect

My English Mentor – Accept – Except – Expect

  Accept – Except – Expect What’s the difference between ‘accept’, ‘except’ and ‘expect’?   To ‘accept’ something can mean to take or receive it. “I accept this flower from you.” “The managers accepted the feedback from the staff.”   It can also mean that you agree with something. “I accept that you are right.” […]

My English Mentor – The Difference Between Comparative and Superlative Adjectives

My English Mentor – The Difference Between Comparative and Superlative Adjectives

. Do you know the difference between comparative and superlative adjectives? We use comparative adjectives when we are comparing two things or people. Superlative adjectives are used when we’re talking about more than two things or people. Here are some rules you need to know: One-syllable adjectives are changed to ‘adjective + est’ ‘Large’ becomes […]

My English Mentor – Describing Your House

My English Mentor – Describing Your House

. How would you describe your home? What is the difference between ‘home’ and ‘house’? The word ‘home’ is not used to talk about a building. It’s used in a more emotional way, to talk about the place where you live. “I can’t wait to get home and relax.” We use the noun ‘house’ to […]

My English Mentor Asks – Did it Blow Up and Blow Out?

My English Mentor Asks – Did it Blow Up and Blow Out?

. Blow Up and Blow Out? ‘Blow up’ the balloon before you ‘blow out’ the candle – do you know what these phrasal verbs with ‘blow’ mean? ‘Blow up’ can mean to fill something with air, like a balloon or a tire. They decided to blow up the hot air balloon during the festival. We […]

Jen’s English Tip – “Alternate”

Jen’s English Tip – “Alternate”

. Alternate Are you confused about the meaning of ‘alternate’ as a verb and adjective? ‘Alternate’ can be used a verb and an adjective. As a verb, ‘alternate’ can mean to occur one after the other repeatedly. We usually use ‘alternate’ when we’re talking about going between two things. “She alternated between freestyle and backstroke […]

Jen’s English Tip – Can and May

Jen’s English Tip – Can and May

. Can and May Do you know how to use can and may in conversation? We use both ‘can’ and ‘may’ to ask for permission. ‘Can I use your phone, please?’ ‘Can I take your bags, please?’ ‘May I use your phone, please?’ ‘May I take your bags, please?’ In this context, the only difference […]

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