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Do you have a question about English? In these articles, we answer many of the common questions that English learners have.

When can you use "play" to talk about a sport?

Soccer ball

When you're talking about sports in English, one confusing point is whether you can use the word "play" or not. In English, we use "play" to talk about some sports but not others. Here's an explanation of how to talk about different sports and the athletes that play...

What are the differences between "maybe", "perhaps", "possibly", and "probably"?

These are a few different ways to answer a question if you don't want to say "Yes" or "No":

Maybe.

Perhaps.

Probably.

Possibly.

So how are they different from each other?

 

Different meanings

First, you should know that there are three levels of possibility:

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How do you improve your English reading?

Reading

If you're able to read this article, it must mean that you're already pretty good at reading English. But there's always room for improvement. If you want to get better at reading and writing English, read ahead!

 

1. To become a better reader, you have to read.

That probably...

What's the difference between "lay" and "lie"?

Woman lying (or laying) down

In my lessons, I sometimes write something like this:

Your son usually sleeps in the afternoon after lunch. You want him to lay down and start to fall asleep.

When I do, I get questions like this one:

"You want him to lay down" or "You want him to lie down"? I am confused.

So how should...

How are Canadian English and American English different?

By Emily Hitz, PhraseMix.com contributor

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English is spoken around the world, but it sounds very different in different countries! British English and American English have a lot of differences — native speakers can hear a British or American accent in just a few words (can you?). But what...


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