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3 ways to talk about the past in English

You can use the simple past to talk about... Last night we were very tired. When I was a child, I lived in Boston. He wasn't happy when he found out about the problem. Why weren't you at work yesterday? Were you sick? Last night we watched a movie. My family moved to New York in 1998. Yesterday I bought a new jacket. She didn't go to the party last week. Did you study for the test? For single actions, you MUST [...]

20 English Collocations with the Word GOAL

The English word goal has a sports meaning and a non-sports meaning. In soccer (as we call the sport in American English) or football (as it is called in British English), the word goal refers to the posts and net, as well as the event of putting the ball inside it. Some expressions with the word goal in a sports context include: score a [...]

Causative Verbs in English: Let, Make, Have, Get, Help

The English verbs let, make, have, get, and help are called causative verbs because they cause something else to happen. Here are some specific examples of how causative verbs work in English sentences. Grammatical structure: LET + PERSON/THING + VERB (base form) Examples: I don't let my kids watch violent movies. Mary's father won't let her adopt a puppy because he's allergic to dogs. Our boss doesn't let us eat lunch at our desks; we have to [...]

Common Errors in English: A, AN, THE

a fact = OK (singular) a facts = INCORRECT (plural) an information = INCORRECT (uncountable) an advice = INCORRECT (uncountable) a piece of advice = OK ("piece" is countable) a pants / a glasses / a scissors = INCORRECT (plural) a pair of pants/glasses/scissors = OK ("pair" is countable) a rice = INCORRECT (uncountable) a [...]

Famous Brazilian Singer Cláudia Leitte Improves her English at Kaplan

Superstar Brazilian singer Cláudia Leitte, who sang the World Cup anthem "We are One," studied English for three weeks at Kaplan's Los Angeles - Westwood school. As an ambassador of Brazilian culture, Cláudia wants to speak English fluently and confidently in order to represent her country well in today's globalized world. Citing the fact that [...]