English has lots of words for different containers of different sizes, shapes, and uses. Sometimes containers are defined by what they look like. For example, a "roll" is cylinder-shaped (round and long).
But there are other containers which are hard to specifically define. A "carton", for...
Word order in statements
Subjects and verbs
Subjects usually come first in English sentences. The verb comes afterward. They can be simple:
He | lied.
Or more complicated:
Over a dozen of the plane's passengers | died.
When the sentence has an object, it comes after the verb....
In English, the word "bottleneck" describes something that slows down a process.
Think about the shape of a wine bottle. The bottom part is wider, but in order for the wine to pour out, it has to pass through the narrow "neck" of the bottle. This limits how quickly you can...
When I was in college, I studied the plays of William Shakespeare. Shakespeare is probably the greatest writer in the English language, but he wrote several hundred years ago. So some of his plays can be hard to understand for modern English speakers.
The comedies were especially hard to...
In a job interview, an employer usually wants to learn a few basic things about you: your experience, your goals, and your personality. How they find out this information can vary quite a bit, though. It's useful to expose yourself to some of the kinds of questions that interviewers...
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...