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Podcast #7 How to Use Embedded Questions to Soften Requests and Sound More Polite

How to Use Embedded Questions to Soften Requests and Sound More Polite

Let’s discuss embedded questions, which are also known as indirect questions. Embedded questions are questions contained within another statement or question. They are used to repeat a previously asked question, indicate a point of confusion or doubt, or sound more polite when making a request. Embedded questions are especially common … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Mini English Lesson - Describing Leisure Activities Using Go and -Ing (Gerund)

How to Use Go +Ing (the Gerund) to Describe Fun Activities

In English, we use the grammar structure go +ing to talk about leisure activities, or activities we do in our free time. The go + gerund grammar structure confuses most language learners, from beginners to fluent speakers!  Most non-native speakers have trouble with this structure because it includes the verb “to go” … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Mini English Lesson on How Long Have You Been Doing Something

How to Use the Present Perfect Continuous for Sports, Artistic Activities, Hobbies, and Jobs

When someone asks “How long have you been….?”, they want to know more about skills you have learned after lots of practice, such as sports, artistic activities, hobbies, or even things you do in your job. The present perfect continuous has several different uses, which I explain in detail here. Today, … Read the article and watch the video lesson

English with Kim Podcast #6: The Difference Between the Verbs Hope and Wish to Express Desires

Understand the Difference Between the Verbs Hope and Wish and Use Them to Express Desires

I hope you are having a great week so far. I’m so excited to bring you the latest episode of the English with Kim podcast. Let’s focus on the difference between the verbs “hope” and “wish.” I decided to talk about the verbs “hope” and “wish” in this podcast because … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Collective Nouns for People

How to Use Collective Nouns for Groups of People

Chances are you use collective nouns regularly. So what are there? Collective nouns are special nouns that are used for groups, usually groups of people. Because they describe groups with many members, the words sound like they should be plural. However, in American English, they are actually singular! For this … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Participial Adjectives Mini-Lesson

How to Use Participial Adjectives Correctly

Let’s talk about participial adjectives. First things first, what are participial adjectives? This fancy term describes adjectives formed using the past and present participles, otherwise known as the -ed and -ing endings. Many non-native speakers struggle with choosing the correct ending because they are so similar. But the rule is … Read the article and watch the video lesson

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