What is PhraseMix about?
Whenever I meet someone new and introduce myself, I have to explain what PhraseMix is. To be honest, it's always a little bit difficult. I say something like this:
I run a website for people who are learning English as a second language. I write lessons each day and post...
I've made a choice in how I write explanations in PhraseMix which is a little controversial. Sometimes PhraseMix readers ask me about it, like this question:
This subject ("You've made plans to visit a friend that you haven't seen for a while. You tell them:") says "You tell them"....
Do you ever wonder what it would be like to work in a company where everyone spoke English? Do you imagine that you'd need to reach a really high level of English fluency to do that?
The truth is, you're probably closer than you think!
This week, I was talking with a friend who started...
How can you describe what happens in an election in English? Here are some phrases to help you talk about them.
People cast their votes for their preferred candidates in an election. Most candidates belong to a political party. In the United States, the two main parties are the Republican...
The words "problem", "trouble", and "issue" are very close in meaning. What's the difference bewtween them? The answer is quite complicated, actually! Let's look at the meaning of each word and some of the ways that they're used:
The meanings of "problem", "trouble", and...
In our conversation, Adir mentioned that this was his first immersion experience in English. Although he had studied English for...
A reader emailed me this question:
Can you help me with "I believe" please? – which I'm sure suggests that "I'm not entirely sure about what I'm going to say", but at the same time, is it based on my knowledge or experience.
When I say "I believe...
- to get a job
- to get into school
- to make friends or relationships
- to travel
- because they like the feeling of accomplishment
As I started to think about it a little bit more, I realized that it's even more basic...
A PhraseMix reader asked this:
Please tell me which verbs can be used with "could"? In the present past as well as future...?
"Can" and "Could" are tricky because you can use them for a few different purposes, and the rules are different for each version.
"Can" and "Could" for ability
If you try to speak English and make a mistake, none of these things will happen:
- No one will point and laugh at you
- You won't lose your job.
- The townspeople won't chase after you with torches.
- You won't be locked up and thrown in jail.
- The love of your life won't dump you.
- You won't be...