English Learner: Questions and Answers

‘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

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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;

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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

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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

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Advise or advice?

A question sent in by English4Today member, Jose Rodriguez asking about the difference between ‘advise’ and ‘advice’: is “advice” correctly spelled or is it “advise”,

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Taking Possession: The possessive apostrophe

Possessive Apostrophe One of the most asked questions that we get at english4today.com is about the placement of the apostrophe for possessives. This is an

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Using ‘sleep’ and ‘asleep’

Question from English4Today member Ellen in China:  Apart from the “cue” word, ‘fall’, which comes before asleep, can you kindly tell me when to use

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The Negative with ‘DO’

Question from Rick in the USA Why do we say “I did not meet him” rather than “I did not met him”, since this is

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May or Might: Where’s the difference?

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

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Just in Time: Just once … only once

Question from George in the Romania: How does ‘once’ change when it is with ‘just‘ or ‘only‘? Answer Hi George. Thanks for your question. As

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‘How about’ vs ‘what about’

 Question from English4Today member Khadija in Morocco When can we use “how about” and when can we use “what about”? Hi Khadija. This is another

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Saxon Genitive : A Detective Story

Question from English4Today student, Vincent in Spain: I hear a lot of English people talking about the Saxon Genitive – what is it? Answer: Thanks

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Biography and Autobiography

Question from Suresh Prabhu, India: What is the difference between biography and autobiography? Hello Suresh and thanks for your question. Well, this is a very

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Direct and Reported Speech

Question for Mattie in Guyana: “What is the difference between direct and indirect speech?” Hi Mattie. Thanks for your question. We have quite an extensive

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‘On a holiday’ or ‘for a holiday’?

Question from Sarika in India: Which is correct ‘on holiday‘ or ‘for a holiday‘ A quick answer to Sarika’s question: Sarika, you can use ‘for’

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A Present Perfect Marriage

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

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Contractions: making words shorter

  Question This is a question from Vivien Hammel, an English4Today member: ‘What is the proper term for words which are joined by an apostrophe?

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