Do you like to garden? Here are some words and phrases for talking about gardening in English:
There are a few different types of gardens:
- vegetable gardens, in which you grow vegetables and fruits to eat
- flower gardens, which have pretty flowers
- ornamental gardens, which contain a...
We use quotation marks in English in several situations:
when quoting exactly what someone said or wrote
He said, "Don't bother cooking dinner for me."
when naming the title of an article, song, TV episode, etc.
I sang a song I wrote called "Only Once".
when writing about a word or...
A "tradesperson" is someone who is skilled in an area that requires both manual labor (working with your hands) and specialized expertise (detailed knowledge about how to do something).
Here are some skilled trades. You can click to read an encyclopedia entry...
You may sometimes notice strange non-words that pop up in informal writing online: things like "OMG", "bf", etc. These slang expressions have entered the English language in the last 10-15 years because they're faster to type than the fully-spelled-out words and...
A reader asked me this question:
When English speakers ask me something, my response always contains the same old vocabulary and phrases. Instead of using new English that I've learned, I always go back to the simple way of saying things. How can I stop doing that?
So how can you make yourself...
One of the most popular PhraseMix articles ever was about the 50 most important English proverbs, so here are some more really common proverbs.
Proverbs are wise sayings that are remembered and repeated. The ones below are so popular that you will often hear them in daily conversation.
Do you know the difference between the words "jail" and "prison"? Learning the difference can teach you not only about these words, but about other words related to crime, courts, and punishment as well.
The meaning of "jail"
If you get arrested, the police take you to a jail. Jails are operated...
“What do you do?” is a question that you’ll often hear when you meet new people. When English speakers ask this question, they’re asking what your job is. So describing your job is important.
If you have an easily-recognized job, you can just tell people the name of your...
Gift or present?
The words "gift" and "present" mean the same thing, but which one to use depends on the occasion. These are the most common collocations (word combinations) for each holiday:
a Christmas present
a Birthday present
a wedding present
a Valentine's Day gift
a Mother's day...
What is Idiomatic English?
Using "idiomatic" English means speaking and writing in a normal way.
This is a little different from "correct" English. It's possible to make English sentences that are completely grammatically correct, but they're not idiomatic.
For example, consider the following...