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...
What's the difference between "under", "below", "beneath", and "underneath"? These words are all similar in meaning, but figuring out the differences between them can be a little tricky. First, it's helpful to know how common each word is:
Have you ever noticed that it's a lot easier to understand someone who's speaking directly to you in English than a conversation between two other people?
I have this problem when I visit my in-laws in Japan. If I'm riding in the car with my wife and her mother and they're speaking Japanese to...
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These are 10 situations which haven't been turned into PhraseMix lessons yet, mostly because I couldn't think of a good way to illustrate them. Enjoy!
The previous week's post on the 25 most famous English movie quotes was quite popular, so here are a few more.
These movie lines are not quite as well-known as the first group, but a lot of people will recognize them.
“I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster...