My ultimate guide to giving advice, all the possible phrases you need

Modal verbs are very difficult to get right. The best way to learn modal verbs is to look at which modal verbs need to be used for which topic.  This week we will look at giving advice.  Giving advice is actually quite simple in English, it is possible to simply use should for everything.  However, as this is advanced English…

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The top 5 phrases with modal verbs you never knew existed

Modal verbs like could, should, might, may, must can be a real nightmare, and to many it can be very confusing to decide which one you need to use.  Here are some phrases you can learn straight from this article.  Below are the top 5 idiomatic phrases used with modal verbs that you may not…

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The Dark Side of Conditionals: How to offer to do something when you don’t really want to do it…

Sometimes in conversation with a friend or a customer/client it is clear that someone wants you to help them with something, and it is usually then polite to offer to help them with it.  However, sometimes this  maybe something which would take too much time or it would be too difficult, and no-one wants to…

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One use of ‘should’ that you never knew about… This can make you sound very professional!

As you may know, we can use should for giving, or asking advice: ‘You should see a doctor’ / ’Should I see a doctor?’ We can also use it to talk about the possibility of something happening, when there is a good chance something will happen: ‘It should be sunny later so we can have a…

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My 6 favourite business English phrases from football..

Football is the national sport in England.  You may be quite surprised how many phrases we take from football which can be used in business.  Here are my top 6 favourite ones. Enjoy! To be on the ball I’m going to start with my favourite phrase here. It means to be quick to understand and…

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One thing you should NEVER forget if you want to sound entertaining in English

A lot of students don’t like using the past perfect tense, because it is complicated and they don’t know when to use it. However, if you want to make your story sound more interesting, it is definitely something you should use. Usually when we tell a story, we talk about events in the order that…

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6 adverbs to make you sound more professional, including 2 you are definitely NOT using!

I had an email only yesterday about the use of the word ‘thus’.  So I thought I would write a post about adverbs in general, and how they are a great tool to make yourself sound more professional in English.  Here is my guide to the 6 most professional-sounding adverbs! If you write a lot…

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2 Uses for Continuous Tenses that English learners ALWAYS forget!

Many learners of English know that the continuous tense are used to talk about something which is continuing for some length of time.  Check out my diagram about when to use present simple and when to use present continuous here. Here are 2 uses for continuous tenses which many learners of English are unaware of: 1.…

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The mystery of ‘who’ and ‘whom’… What is whom and when do I use it? The answer is surprisingly easy!

If you are confused with when you should use ‘who’ and when you should use ‘whom’, then you are not alone!  You will be happy to know that ‘whom’ is only really used today in formal written English. Which means that when you are speaking English, or even writing in normal registers of English, you can…

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Oh là là, The 7 most useful advanced English phrases which come from French!

Ever since the Norman conquest of 1066, when French armies invaded England, the English language has been very strongly influenced by French.  This influence is still very strong today, so strong in fact, that there are quite a few words in the English language which have been taken directly from French.  Here are 7 of…

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