A reader asked this question:
I have a question about the usage of "break". What is the difference of "The TV set is broken." and "The TV set broke." I've been unclear on that for a long time.
"The TV set is broken" is a statement about the situation of the TV right now. It doesn't work.
People often ask me what variety of English they should learn. Here's my honest answer:
It doesn't matter.
Accents are hard to change.
It's really, really hard to pick up a native-sounding accent if you learn English as an adult. Children pick up accents very...
A lot of English learners have trouble knowing when to use a simple verb ("it works") and when to use a progressive verb ("it's working"). For example, one PhraseMix reader asked, "Is there any difference between 'it's not working' and 'it doesn't work'?"
It's not working
If something "is not...
English learners often have trouble figuring out whether to use the "-ing" ending or "-ed" ending for adjectives that express emotions. Some examples of these adjectives are:
An easy way to remember
The words "college" and "university" are used differently in different parts of the world, so you should pay attention to how people around you are using these words.
In Canada, for example, "college" is specifically a two-year school that people go to after high school.