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The 2 most practical uses of ‘wish’ sentences

‘Wish’ clauses can be very complicated, but there are practical uses for wish sentences which you may not know about. Using wish as a more formal word for ‘want’ Whether you are writing a formal email, or whether you are speaking formally to clients, using the phrase ‘wish to’ can make you sound more professional…

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Competition time – Win a free 1-hour English lesson!

A few weeks ago I ran a competition to win a free English lesson with me, unfortunately no-one got all of the answers correct, so here is the same quiz again, give it a try! For your chance to win a free lesson with me, guess the 6 English words below, described by their dictionary…

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2 extremely useful conversational phrases with ‘how’ that you never noticed English speakers say..

I had an email last week from someone asking me the meaning of ‘how come’ at the beginning of a sentence.  How come is usually used in spoken English, but it is a very useful phrase.  Here is my guide to my two favourite English phrases with ‘how’, which you may have missed when listening…

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Competition Time – Win a free English lesson with me

It’s competition time again! Unfortunately nobody managed to get all 6 answers correct last week, the top score was 5, so let’s try the same questions this week! For your chance to win a free lesson with me, guess the 6 English words below, described by their dictionary definitions. 1. A food made from the pressed curds…

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The surprisingly easy world of ‘shall’. Here’s the only time you really need to use it!

‘Shall’ is another word in English which is a mystery to English learners.  Usually when you try to look up shall in a dictionary you will find many meanings, which can be very confusing.  Most of the meanings you find in the dictionary are so uncommon that you would never use them, and never really…

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Competition time! Win a free English lesson with me

It’s competition time again! Last week’s competition was won by Tereza Novakova from the Czech Republic, with all 6 correct answers! She has a free 1-hour English lesson with me this week. For your chance to win a free lesson with me, guess the 6 English words below, described by their dictionary definitions. 1. A food made…

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The mystery of ‘who’ and ‘whom’… What is whom and when do I use it? The answer is surprisingly easy!

If you are confused with when you should use ‘who’ and when you should use ‘whom’, then you are not alone!  You will be happy to know that ‘whom’ is only really used today in formal written English. Which means that when you are speaking English, or even writing in normal registers of English, you can…

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Competition Time! Get all the words right and win a FREE live English lesson!

Below are the dictionary definitions of 6 English words. Write one word to match the dictionary definition. Write your answers 1-6 in the comments section below this post, or email me the answers at david@englishtenses.eu The first person to get all 6 correct will win a free English lesson with me.  The answers get more difficult as…

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Habits to boost your English in 2016 – #5 Switch the Language on your Phone and Laptop, it’s more effective than you think!

Many English teachers will tell you that the most effective way to improve your English is to work or study for some time in an English speaking country.  Of course for many of us this is unrealistic, so the next best thing is to try to simulate living in an English speaking country as much…

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Habits to Boost your English in 2016 – #4 Get a Conversation Partner

Get a conversation partner, and meet/speak once per week Unless you are living in an English speaking country, it can be very difficult to actively speak English in your everyday life.  Active conversation is very important, and if you are using English as part of your job it may not be enough! Therefore if you…

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