The bit they don’t teach you about sentences with ‘wish’

Here are some classic sentences with wish: ‘I wish I was rich’ ‘I wish I had taken the job offer’ ‘I wish I had a better car’ We can also add a second part to these wish sentences, to give more information.  There are two ways you can do this: 1. Saying why you wish…

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The surprisingly easy world of ‘shall’. Here’s the only time you really need to use it!

‘Shall’ is another word in English which is a mystery to English learners.  Usually when you try to look up shall in a dictionary you will find many meanings, which can be very confusing.  Most of the meanings you find in the dictionary are so uncommon that you would never use them, and never really…

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This special tool with infinitives can improve your English

All English learners know about present, future and past tenses, but not many learners are aware that you can actually put infinitives into the past as well! The 2 things you are probably wondering are how and why, I’m going to answer both of these questions for you, starting with why. Why Take a look…

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2 extremely useful conversational phrases with ‘how’ that you never noticed English speakers say..

Here is my guide to my two favourite English phrases with ‘how’, which you may have missed when listening to English speakers.. How come How come is usually used in spoken English, and it is a really useful phrase meaning the same as why..? I prefer using this to why in some situations.  The problem with…

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The underestimated world of conjunctions – Welcome to a really useful word group to make you sound professional…

When looking to sound more professional in English, there is a small group of words which do this so well.  Welcome to the underestimated world of the conjunctions.  Here is my guide to some conjunctions you may be missing which will make you sound very professional, I promise! Once Once has many different meanings, but…

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War is terrible: The final chapter. 5 business English phrases which come from the army

Here are my 5 most important Business English phrases which come from war and the army. If you missed some other useful business idioms which come from warfare, check out the previous chapters on war and weapons! 1. To Take the flak for something Very interesting phrase here, the word flak on its own means anti…

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War is terrible part 2: 6 useful business English phrases which come from weapons

Business English has many expressions which come from war, in this second part, we look at phrases which come from weapons – check out part 1 right here!  I have chosen these phrases especially, as they are extremely common in the business world.  Enjoy! 1. Fight fire with fire This phrase literally means that if…

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War is terrible – 8 Business expressions which come from war

In Business English, there has always been a connection between business and war, and the the business world loves idiomatic expressions. Sit back and take a read! 1. bulletproof If an object is bulletproof, it means that the object will not be damaged if it is hit by a bullet.  The most common examples include…

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The BEST business English phrases which come from nature, including 2 you definitely haven’t seen before!

Everyone loves a good trip into the countryside, so get yourselves ready for the best business phrases which come from nature! beat around the bush Probably my favourite phrase out of all of them here.  To beat around the bush means to avoid talking about the core of the subject.  If you want to avoid…

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How to confirm Business appointments in English, and how to avoid one classic mistake

Many students of mine have problems with confirming appointments in English, so here is my short guide to the phrases you can use both for formal or informal situations.  If you want to check out how to make business appointments, check out these top phrasal verbs! Confirming appointments Business appointments I confirm Monday 9am is…

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