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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

Podcast #5 - Using Used To and Would For Repeated Past Actions and Habits

Using “Used to” and “Would” for Repeated Past Actions and Habits

During the holiday season, many people start to reminisce about the ways they spent the holidays when they were children. As I mentioned in my last podcast, we usually use the simple past tense to tell stories about the past. When we are talking about repeated actions or habits that … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Podcast #4 How to Use the Past Perfect for Clarity When Telling a Story

How to Use the Past Perfect for Clarity When Telling a Story

When we’re telling a story about an event that happened in the past, we usually use the simple past tense to tell most of the story. However, sometimes we forget a detail, or we want to refer back to something that happened before the main event to give extra details.  … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Podcast #3 How to Use the Present Continuous and Simple Present with a Future Meaning for Arrangements and Schedules

How to Use the Present Continuous and the Simple Present with a Future Meaning for Arrangements and Schedules

As I mentioned in my last podcast, English does not have a future tense. You learned how to use “to be going to” and “will” to talk about decisions and predictions. In today’s podcast, you’ll find out how to use the present continuous and the simple present with a future … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Podcast #2 How to Use the Future Forms To Be Going To and Will for Decisions and Predictions

How to Use the Future Forms “to be going to” and “will” for Decisions and Predictions

Unlike other languages, English does not have a future tense. Instead, we have future forms: the modal verb “will,” the construction “to be going to,” the simple present, and the present continuous can all be used to express future meaning! In this podcast, you’ll learn how to use “to be … Read the article and watch the video lesson