English Learner: Questions and Answers ASK A QUESTION Search 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 Read More » 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 Read More » 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 Read More » 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 Read More » 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 Read More » 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 Read More » 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 Read More » 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 Read More » 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, Read More » 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, Read More » 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. Read More » 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 Read More » 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 Read More » 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 Read More » 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 Read More » 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 Read More » 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 Read More » 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 Read More » 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 Read More » 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…” Read More » 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 Read More » ‘IT’ : the Not-So-Personal Pronoun Question: from Inês in Portugal I´m Portuguese and in my language the word – it (he/she/it) doesn’t exist. it’s hard to understand how to use this word: Examples Read More » Write or wrote the quote? Question from Randall in the USA: In quoting a line from a book, is it correct to use the word “wrote” or “writes” as in; Read More » Vocabulary : How is that plural? Question from Salim in Lebanon: Recently I stopped on the word vocabulary to find that it can be countable..so can you offer me the way Read More » Read and Study: What is the difference? Question from Dawood in Pakistan What’s the difference between ‘read’ and ’study’? Answer Hello Dawood. There may sometimes be a confusion between ‘read’ and Read More » « Previous Page1 Page2 Next » Want to ask our grammar expert a question? Do you have an English grammar or usage question you'd like answered?