This is a question that I answered on Quora.com. Someone asked "What is the difference between 'small' and 'little'?" Here is what I wrote:
This english.stackexchange page has a detailed discussion of the difference between 'little' and 'small': Difference between "little"...
To talk about a shirt's fabric, use these phrases:
What's it made of?
What's this material?
Here are some materials that shirts can be made of:
- nylon (a soft, shiny synthetic material)
- polyester (a harder synthetic material)
- spandex (a...
If someone's house or apartment is messy, here are some phrases that you can use to describe it:
- There are clothes strewn all over the floor.
- There's food splattered all over the microwave.
- There are crumbs all over the counter.
(As you can see, we use the phrase...
English speakers like a lot of variety in their everyday language. We have lots of different expressions for saying simple things. Previous articles have covered lots of ways to say "Hello" and "Thank you." This article does the same for different ways to say "goodbye".
English articles ("a", "an", and "the") come before nouns. They help to communicate which thing you're talking about, similar to words like "this", "my", and "all". And they're confusing to a lot of English learners.
Articles are really, really hard!
If your native language doesn't use...
I hope you don't mind me bragging.
I've recently updated the Phrase Mixer, the tool that lets PhraseMix Premium subscribers review PhraseMix English lessons. If you've never used it, try out the limited Phrase Mixer sample version for free.
The Phrase Mixer is something I thought of many years...
What are objects?
The "object" of a sentence is a noun which usually comes after the verb in English. Here are some examples:
I love you.
Did you pay the rent?
The object receives the action of the verb.
Sometimes a sentence doesn't have an object:
I want to rest!
Not many men know how to...
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“You’re fired.”(Donald Trump, The Apprentice)
In this reality game show, contestants...
In Part 1 of this series, I introduced 10 of the most famous catch phrases from American TV shows.
As I wrote in that article, a "catch phrase" is something that a certain character repeats again and again. Learning some famous catch phrases can be useful if you're an English learner because they...
You can learn some interesting English through TV catch phrases.
A "catch phrase" is something that a certain character repeats again and again. As a TV show continues, the audience starts to expect the character to use this phrase and gets excited when they hear it. Catch phrases are most...