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Confusing Words: Be, Being, or Been?

Be is the base form of the verb. Use be after "to." Here are some verbs in English that are often followed by "to": hope I hope to be as wise as my father someday. learn She's learning to be less concerned about other peoples' opinions. need You need to be ready to leave by 6:30. plan We're planning [...]

10 English Phrases for Drinking Alcohol

It’s on me. (= I’ll buy you a drink) I’d like to make a toast. (= I’d like to honor a person/event/idea) Here’s to… (your health / the New Year / our success)! Another round of drinks, please. Put it on my tab. (tab = bill to pay later, before you leave) He’s a bit [...]

10 Informal English Expressions in Conversation

You can say "I overslept" when you accidentally sleep later than you had intended to (for example, if you didn't hear your alarm clock). There's a different expression - sleep in - when you intentionally sleep later than usual (for example, on weekends or on holidays when you don't need to go to work/school). The expression "No worries" means "No problem," or [...]

16 English Expressions with the Words STAND and SIT

The English words stand and sit are used in a number of different idioms and expressions beyond their basic meanings. Here are 16 English idioms and expressions with the words "stand" - with example sentences: Don’t give up because of one loss, remember to stand tall and try your best the next time. That horror movie with the evil [...]

Difference between EITHER and NEITHER in English

When we have two options, the word either means only one of the two (but not the other): You can have either chocolate ice cream or vanilla - which one would you like? Come visit on either Monday or Wednesday. If he's not in his office, he's either in the bathroom or out to lunch. When someone offers you a choice between two things, and you don't care which one [...]