English Learner: Questions and Answers

When the article ‘the’ is implied

Do we always have to add the article ‘the’ in sentences in English? A question from Adam in Taiwan.

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Using ‘ever since’ and the past

A question about using ‘since’ with the past tense from Sami in Saudi Arabia: Question My neighbors are Mr. and Mrs. Sanchez. I have known

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Despite, despite of, in spite of

Despite, in spite of and despite of Member’s question A question from Rupam in India and Charlie Meier in Germany: Can we use ‘of’ with

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Neologisms: inventing new words and terms

Neologisms: inventing new words and terms This is a question from Sandy in South Africa: The Question Hello, English4Today, I’ve been struggling with a grammar

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Simple past for completed actions

Simple past for completed actions This is a question from ‘Apple’ in Germany. Question I had a test to day and there was a question

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Word meaning: Nigella

What does the word “Nigella” mean? This is a question from English4.today member Nigella, in Bahrain. Nigella asks: What does the word “Nigella” mean?? I

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Where does the word ‘patient’ come from?

Question from English4.today member Anna in Germany: “Why is a medical ‘patient‘ called a ‘patient‘ and what does it have to do with the adjective

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Onomatopoeia … what’s that!?

Question from English4.today member Enrique in Spain: What does the word ‘onomatopoeia’ mean… I’ve seen it and it is one of those weird english words

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What is ‘gender’?

Question from English4Today member: Michael Harney in Niger What is gender?  Answer Hi Michael! My answer is about the grammatical use of ‘gender’  and not

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The Infinitive

Question from English4Today member Mary Gordon in the USA: Are verb forms in the infinitive the same in meaning and form as base verbs? Answer

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May and Might

Question from English4Today member Teddy in the USA What is the difference between may or might? e.g.: I might have made a mistake or I

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Capital Letters

Question from English4Today member Irene in Canada: Does the word French need to be capitalized in the following sentence? Please encourage french reading for pleasure

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Is ‘real good’ good enough?

Question from English4Today member Lauren in the USA: What do you make of people using the word “real,” as in “he did real good,” (yes,

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A word that has all the vowels except Y in it

Question from English4Today member Denise Morton in the USA: I’m looking for a word that has all the vowels except Y in it Hi, Denise,

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Present Perfect with ‘for’

Question from Sahra in Brazil: What’s the difference between these sentences: I’m married for 3 years. I’ve been married for 3 years Answer Hi Sahra.

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The Possessive: possessive ‘s’

Question from Jadie in the USA How would the word hunter be spelled in the following sentence?The sentence might go something like, “The hunter’s steel

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Adverbs of Degree

Question from Mural Mahtab in Iran: What are the differences between these adjectives: very, rather, quite, fairly, extremely, terribly? Which one is the strongest? Thanks

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Just + Present Perfect

Question Just in Time: Just + Present Perfect Question from Henrik in Croatia: I just called or I’ve just called? What’s right?Stevie Wonder says: I

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Forming the Passive in English

Question from Christy in the Philippines When do we have to use the past participle of the verb when the tense of your statement is

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Hear and Listen: Easy confusion

Question from Khadija in Morocco: What is the difference between ‘hear’ and ‘listen’? Answer: Hi, Khadija. Thank’s for your question, I’m sure that the difference

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Would and Could: what is the difference?

Question from English4.today member Mahesh in India: What is the difference between ‘would’ and ‘could’? Hi Mahesh. This is a very common question and there

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Insure or Ensure : As long as you’re covered!

Question from English4Today member, Irene in Canada: Using the services of my company ENSURES the task is completed correctly, on time & on budget! OR

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Overcome and overcame: present and past forms

  Question from Kayoko The past tense of ‘overcome’ is ‘overcame’. But I hardly hear people use ‘overcame’.  Instead, I hear “I have overcome the

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Regret: Accepting with no regrets

   Question from English4Today member Gireesh in the United Arab Emirates: Which one of the following sentences is correct having the meaning like “cannot accept…”

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Adverbs of certainty

Some of the most frequently asked questions that we get are about adverbs, often with a request for a complete list of adverbs. Now that

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