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Quick & Effective Daily English Lessons From My Twitter Tweets

On Twitter (now called "X") I write daily lessons for English Learners on the topics below. I also post the tweets here for visitors of my website.

  • Valuable Vocab

  • Good Grammar

  • Discover the Difference

  • Crucial Corrections

  • Proper Pronunciation

  • Functional Phrases

  • Essential Expressions

  • Phrasal Verbs & Idioms

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Discover the Difference - February 20th

Should have (done) = to blame someone for a mistake directly

Could have (done) = to mention a mistake more indirectly

I didn’t know about the party…

  • you should have told me (more direct)

  • you could have told me (more indirect)

 

Good Grammar - February 19th

“Not” makes gerunds (doing), infinitives (to do) and past participles (done) negative:

  • I am NOT working

  • NOT buying it was a mistake

  • I’m proud of NOT needing help

  • I decided NOT to do it

  • I took notes in order NOT to forget

  • I have NOT gone

 

Valuable Vocab - February 18th

Words to say there’s more than 1 factor:

In addition to (factor)

On top of

Aside from

Apart from

Other than

Beyond

Besides

My job has many good points…

  • on top of working from home

  • aside from the annual bonus

  • beyond the high salary

 

Functional Phrases - February 18th

Say “by far” with a superlative adjective (ex. fastest) if the difference between the 1st & 2nd rank is big:

  • The blue whale is the biggest creature on Earth by far.

  • The iPhone is Apple’s most popular product by far.

 

Essential Expressions - February 17th

Responding to someone who gives you useful information:

  • Thank you for notifying me

  • Thank you for letting me know

  • Thank you for making me aware of this

  • Thank you for bringing this to my attention.

 

Phrasal Verbs - February 16th

“Run into (someone)” and “Bump into (someone)” mean that you unexpectedly see someone you know

  • I ran into Bob at the post office.

  • I bumped into my ex-girlfriend on the street.

 

Discover the Difference - February 16th

According to = a source of info

  • According to Wikipedia, Obama is 62 years old

In accordance with = to follow rules

  • An election is held every 4 years, in accordance with the constitution

Accordingly = appropriately

  • It’s cold outside so dress accordingly

 

Crucial Corrections - February 15th

As + Adjective + As✔️

Comparative Adjective + Than✔️

  • A dog is not big than a bear❌

  • A dog is not big as a bear❌

  • A dog is not as big than a bear❌

  • A dog is not AS BIG AS a bear✔️

  • A dog is not BIGGER THAN a bear✔️

 

Crucial Corrections - February 13th

Use the verb “suit” to describe something that’s right for someone, not “match” or “fit”:

  • Find a job that matches/fits you❌

  • Find a job that suits you✔️

  • Life in the city matches/fits me❌

  • Life in the city suits me✔️

 

Good Grammar - February 13th

Use “much”, “far” or “way” with a comparative adjective when the difference between two things is big (“way” is more informal)

  • Russia is far bigger than Korea.

  • Driving is much faster than walking.

  • A Ford is way cheaper than a Ferrari.

 

Discover the Difference - February 12th

Let = permission

Make = force

Help = assistance

Get = persuasion

  • I let him leave (you may go)

  • I made him leave (you must go)

  • I helped him leave (I can go with you)

  • I got him TO leave (I suggest going)

Note: the verb “get” uses infinitive “to leave”

 

Essential Expressions- February 11th

Introduce information coming next in a document with: “following + noun” or “noun + below”

  • Please note the following changes:

  • Please note the changes below:

  • The job requires the following skills:

  • The job requires the skills below:

 

Phrasal Verbs - February 10th

Get over (sth) = overcoming an emotionally difficult situation and moving on with your life.

  • She broke my heart but I got over it.

Get through (sth) = enduring a difficult situation until it ends

  • Thankfully we got through the Covid pandemic.

 

Good Grammar - February 10th

Use “for” with a person/thing to say who or what performs an infinitive verb action (ex “FOR ME to do”)

  • I waited FOR HER to call

  • There are many things FOR US to do

  • I bought a book FOR MY SON to read

  • It’s easy FOR OWLS to see at night

 

Idioms - February 9th

To cut someone some slack = to not criticize someone strongly for a problem

  • There’s always a long lineup at the supermarket but I cut the employees some slack. They work as fast as they can.

  • I know I’m late but cut me some slack! I drove 5 hours to get here.

 

Valuable Vocab - February 9th

  • Adverbs of frequency from most frequent (top) to least (bottom):

  • Always/Invariably/All the time

  • Often/Frequently/Regularly/A lot

  • Occasionally/Periodically/Once in a while/From time to time/Now and then

  • Rarely/Seldom/Hardly ever

  • Never/At no time

 

Idioms - February 9th

Updating someone with information they missed:

To fill someone in

To bring someone up to speed

To bring someone into the loop

To give someone the lowdown

  • I was on vacation for two weeks. What did I miss? Can you bring me up to speed?

  • I couldn't attend the meeting yesterday. Can you fill me in? What was discussed?

 

Crucial Corrections - February 8th

The word “understanding” can mean “empathy”, but “comprehension” means cognitive ability, not empathy.

  • Thank you for your understanding✔️ (your empathy)

  • Thank you for your comprehension❌

 

Functional Phrases - February 8th

“In the meantime” describes a time period when you’re waiting for something to happen.

  • The bus will arrive in an hour. In the meantime, let’s get a coffee.

  • My home renovations will be done next week. In the meantime, I’m staying with my parents.

 

Discover the Difference - February 8th

Last year/month/week = finished = past simple

Over the past year/month/week = includes now = present perfect

  • Last month I WAS sick (the previous month only, not now)

  • Over the past month I’VE BEEN sick (30 days ago until now, still sick)

 

Essential Expressions - February 7th

Responding to someone’s good news:

  • How wonderful!

  • That’s great news!

  • I’m so happy for you!

  • You must be thrilled/delighted!

  • I’m glad/happy/delighted/thrilled to hear that!

 

Good Grammar - February 7th

Use “by + ing” to describe a method for doing something. It answers the question “how do you do it?”

  • I learn English…BY TAKING classes.

  • I lost weight…BY GOING to the gym.

  • I relax…BY LISTENING to music.

 

Valuable Vocab - February 7th

Words to emphasize the truth:

Actually

In fact

As a matter of fact

The truth is

In reality

  • People think I’m in my 20’s. As a matter of fact, I’m in my 40’s.

  • It looks easy but in reality, it’s very hard to do.

 

Idioms - February 6th

To be on the right track with something = to be making progress with something

  • I’m on the right track with my English. I’m improving quickly.

  • We’re on the right track with our budgeting. We’re saving money.

(the wrong track = no progress)

 

Crucial Corrections - February 6th

When a plural noun becomes an adjective to describe another noun after it, you must remove the “s”:

  • a 5-stars hotel❌

  • a 5-star hotel✔️

  • a 10-dollar bill✔️

  • a 6-year-old child✔️

  • a 7-hour flight✔️

  • a 4-bedroom house✔️

  • a 2-person job✔️

 

Valuable Vocab - February 5th

Verbs about helping a behaviour grow and develop:

We want to…

  • FOSTER a positive environment

  • CULTIVATE good relationships

  • PROMOTE teamwork

  • ENCOURAGE communication

  • STIMULATE creativity

  • DEVELOP trust

  • FACILITATE risk-taking

 

Crucial Corrections - February 5th

We hired 5 new employers.

We hired 5 new employees.✔️

(Employer = a company, not a worker)

 

Phrasal Verbs - February 5th

To contact someone later about something:

To follow up (with someone)

  • She has questions for me. I’ll follow up with her tomorrow to answer them.

To get back to (someone)

  • I don’t have the info yet. I’ll get back to you when I have it.

 

Functional Phrases - February 4th

Before saying something surprising you can say “believe it or not”:

  • Believe it or not, this bridge was built in 1810.

  • Believe it or not, he invited his ex-girlfriend to his wedding.

  • Believe it or not, she’s won the lottery twice.

 

Good Grammar - February 3rd

If you reverse the order of nouns so the real noun is 1st and the describing noun is 2nd, put a preposition in the middle.

  • a golf fan

  • a fan OF golf

  • dog food

  • food FOR dogs

  • a sales seminar

  • a seminar ON sales

 

Discover the Difference - February 3rd

If there are 2 nouns for 1 thing, the 2nd noun is the actual object

  • a soap dish (object = a dish…for soap)

  • dish soap (obj. = soap)

  • a vegetable garden (obj. = a garden)

  • a garden vegetable (obj. = a vegetable)

 

Essential Expressions - February 2nd

Politely saying that something (an idea, a design, etc.) isn’t good enough:

In all honesty/To be honest/Honestly…

  • ...it could be better

  • ...it’s not great

  • ...I think there’s room for improvement

  • ...it needs a few adjustments

  • ...it’s not quite there yet

 

Good Grammar - February 2nd

In reported speech, past simple tense should be reported in past perfect:

“I saw it” =

  • He said he saw it❌

  • He said he HAD SEEN it✔️

Past continuous becomes past perfect continuous:

“I was waiting” =

  • He said he was waiting❌

  • He said he HAD BEEN waiting✔️

 

Phrasal Verbs - February 1st

4 meanings of “Go on”:

  1. Sorry for the interruption. Please GO ON (please continue)

  2. What’s GOING ON? (what's happening?)

  3. The meeting WENT ON for hours (it lasted for hours - duration)

  4. He WENT ON a trip to Italy (he experienced a trip)

 

Proper Pronunciation - February 1st

Words English learners say incorrectly with correct pronunciation in quotation marks " ":

  • Stomach “stum-ik”

  • Bear “bay-ur”

  • Women “whi-men”

  • Athlete “ath-leet”

  • Purchase “pur-chiss”

  • Succeed “suck-seed”

  • Tongue “tung”

  • Hierarchy “hi-ar-kee”

 

Functional Phrases - January 31st

“I would” is softer than “you should” to give advice to someone. It means “if I were you, I would…”

  • I wouldn’t buy it (if I were you)

  • I would call her and apologize

  • I’d take a taxi instead of the bus

 

Discover the Difference - January 31st

How + adjective

What + adjective + noun

What + noun

  • How interesting!

  • What an interesting story!

  • What a story!

  • How exciting!

  • What an exciting opportunity!

  • What an opportunity!

 

Valuable Vocab - January 30th

Sequencers to introduce points in a structured order:

  • First of all/Firstly/First off/To begin with…

  • Secondly/Thirdly/Next/Next up/Another point to add…

  • Finally/Lastly/Last but not least/To end with/As a final point…

 

Discover the Difference - January 30th

Because + clause

Because of/Due to + noun or -ing verb

  • I bought it because it was cheap

  • I bought it because of the price (n)

  • I failed because I missed classes

  • I failed due to missing classes (ing)

 

Idioms - January 30th

“A long shot” is something with a low chance of success

  • I bought a lottery ticket. It’s a long shot but the prize is $50 million!

  • I applied for a job at Google. It’s a long shot but maybe they’ll hire me.

  • Finding a cure was a long shot but they did it.

 

Valuable Vocab - January 29th

Words that mean to contact someone successfully:

  • I finally reached him

  • I finally got hold of him

  • I finally touched base with him

  • I finally got in touch with him

  • I finally got through to him

  • I finally made contact with him

 

Crucial Corrections - January 29th

It’s incorrect to use question form twice in the same question:

  • DO YOU know what IS IT?❌

  • DO YOU know what it is?✔️

  • CAN HE tell us how CAN WE do it?❌

  • CAN HE tell us how we can do it?✔️

  • DID SHE say why DID SHE leave?❌

  • DID SHE say why she left?✔️

 

Valuable Vocab - January 29th

Words that mean “very important”:

  • crucial

  • critical

  • vital

  • essential

  • imperative

  • paramount

  • Trust is essential for a good marriage

  • Sleep is paramount for a healthy life

  • It’s vital to save some money

  • Human rights are critical in democracy

 

Good Grammar - January 28th

Starting with a…

  1. Base form verb (do) = instruction to listener

  2. Gerund (doing) = subject of clause

  3. Infinitive (to do) = purpose of main clause

  • LEARN English (instruction)

  • LEARNING English is fun (subject)

  • TO LEARN English, I take classes (purpose of classes)

 

Phrasal Verbs - January 27th

“Put on” is to start wearing something on your body and “take off” is to stop wearing it.

I put on/took off my…

  • shirt

  • pants

  • hat

  • shoes

  • jacket

  • gloves

  • scarf

  • jewelry

  • glasses

  • mask

  • helmet

Note: you also put on makeup, perfume, lotion, cream & sunscreen.

 

Valuable Vocab - January 27th

Phrases related to body language towards others (sb = somebody):

  • Shake hands with sb

  • Hug sb

  • Pat sb on the back

  • Wave to sb

  • Bow to sb

  • Smile at sb

  • Wink at sb

  • Stare at sb

  • Point at sb

  • Make/Maintain eye contact with sb

 

Functional Phrases - January 27th

Use “just in case” to describe an action to reduce risk

  • It likely won’t rain but I have an umbrella just in case

  • It’s a short trip but I got travel insurance just in case

  • Traffic should be good but I’ll leave early just in case

 

Essential Expressions - January 26th

Resolving a problem for a customer:

  • I sincerely apologize for the mistake

  • I’d be happy to look after that for you

  • Please bear with me while I…

  • Thank you for your patience

  • I’ll notify you as soon as it’s resolved

 

Idioms - January 26th

“an uphill battle” - a difficult task to complete

  • Quitting smoking is an uphill battle.

  • Taking my cat to the vet will be an uphill battle. He hates it.

  • It was an uphill battle to start my company but I did it.

 

Good Grammar - January 26th

Prepositions always connect with verbs in the “-ing” form:

  • I’m tired of waiting

  • I’m interested in skiing

  • I’m good at writing

  • We talked about investing

  • She improved by practicing

  • He was fired as a result of lying

 

Crucial Corrections- January 26th

You can’t use “never” if a sentence already has a negative word. Use “ever” instead:

  • I won’t never do it❌

  • I won’t ever do it✔️

  • I will never do it✔️

  • She hasn’t never seen it❌

  • She hasn’t ever seen it✔️

  • She has never seen it✔️

 

Proper Pronunciation - January 25th

Different syllable stress for verb vs. adjective/noun:

  • It is PERfect (adj)

  • I will perFECT it (v)

  • I have a REcord of it (n)

  • I can reCORD it (v)

  • There was a CONflict (n)

  • The styles conFLICT (v)

  • They made PROgress (n)

  • Technology will proGRESS (v)

 

Discover the Difference - January 25th

Your “career” is your working life:

  • I finished my career (I’m retired now).

  • My career was in IT.

Your “degree” is your topic of study at university:

  • I finished my degree (I graduated).

  • My degree is in IT.

 

Essential Expressions - January 25th

When you don’t hear what was said:

Formal:

  • Pardon?

  • I beg your pardon?

  • Excuse me?

  • Sorry I didn’t catch/get/hear that

  • Sorry I missed that

  • Could you repeat that?

Informal:

  • What’s that?

  • Come again?

  • Say that again?

  • Huh?

 

Crucial Corrections - January 25th

Use “have” with these nouns, not “take”:

Have + coffee/tea/beer/wine/water/a drink

Have + breakfast/lunch/dinner

Have + a meal/a snack

  • Do you want to take some coffee?❌

  • Do you want to have some coffee✔️

  • I didn’t take lunch❌

  • I didn’t have lunch✔️

 

Good Grammar - January 25th

Verbs that use a person as an object and then infinitive verb (to do):

  • want/would like

  • inspire/motivate

  • convince/persuade/get

  • encourage

  • ask

  • urge

  • warn

  • need

  • force

ex. I urged HER to wait

ex. I warned THEM not to go

ex. She inspired ME to do it

 

Know the Difference - January 24th

“We did it!” = we succeeded at a task

  • Nobody thought we’d win but we did it

“We made it” = we arrived successfully

  • I thought we’d be late for the bus but we made it

 

Proper Pronunciation - January 24th

Similar spelling, different pronunciation:

  • thorough (detailed) “thur-o”

  • through (via) “threw”

  • though (however) “tho”

  • tough (strong) “tuff”

  • thought (think) “thawt”

  • taught (teach) “tawt”

 

Idioms - January 23rd

“It rings a bell” means that something sounds familiar to you but you’re not exactly sure what it is.

Do you know the movie “Grease”?

  • “It rings a bell” (the name sounds familiar but I’m not exactly sure)

  • “It doesn’t ring a bell” (I’m not familiar with it)

 

Valuable Vocab - January 23rd

body part + ed = adjective

ex. He has blue eyes = He's a blue-eyed boy

He/She is...

  • brown/curly/short/long-haired

  • right/left-handed

  • narrow/open-minded

  • far/near-sighted

  • fair/brown/dark-skinned

  • broad-shouldered

  • deep-voiced

  • kind-hearted

 

Valuable Vocab - January 22nd

Use “lead to”, “result in”, “bring about” or “give rise to” to introduce a result:

  • Covid led to an economic crisis

  • The storm resulted in floods

  • The protests brought about changes

  • The internet gave rise to e-commerce

 

Discover the Difference - January 22nd

“Should” introduces the speaker’s suggestion

  • You should paint it red (suggestion)

“Could” presents an option neutrally (not a suggestion)

  • You could paint it red, blue or green (options, but not suggestions)

 

Essential Expressions - January 21st

Politely reject an invitation:

  • I wish I could but…

  • I would love to join you but…

  • That sounds like fun but…

  • I’m afraid I can’t because…

  • Thank you for the invitation but unfortunately…

 

Functional Phrases - January 21st

Use “shall we” to softly propose doing something together

  • Shall we go? (propose leaving)

  • Shall we get some dessert? (propose ordering dessert)

  • Shall we take a seat? (propose sitting down)

 

Phrasal Verbs - January 20th

To think (an option) over = to evaluate an option before deciding

  • Thanks for the offer. I’ll think it over.

To think (a situation) through = to think about all parts of a situation carefully

  • I was wrong to quit my job. I didn’t think it through.

 

Crucial Corrections - January 20th

The verb “tell” needs a person (me, him, us, etc.) as an object

  • We told our idea❌

  • We told THEM our idea✔️

  • I’ll tell what he told❌

  • I’ll tell YOU what he told ME✔️

 

Good Grammar - January 19th

These verbs connect to the gerund form of another verb. Gerund = doing, getting, going, etc.

  • Admit doing

  • Avoid eating

  • Consider buying

  • Delay going

  • Discuss taking

  • Enjoy watching

  • Finish speaking

  • Imagine having

  • Involve/Include making

  • Practice writing

  • Recommend/Suggest bringing

 

Discover the Difference - January 18th

Nothing = zero things (negative)

Anything = one thing but not specific about which one (positive)

  • Nothing can change (change is NOT possible for a, b, or c)

  • Anything can change (change is possible for a, b, or c)

 

Functional Phrases - January 18th

Say “on second thought” to change your mind:

  • Let’s take the bus. On second thought, the subway is better.

  • I’ll use my credit card. On second thought, I’ll pay in cash.

  • I’ll text her. On second thought, I’ll call.

 

Crucial Corrections - January 17th

If you are curious or want to get some information about something:

  • I have a doubt❌

  • I have a question✔️

  • “I have doubts” is what we say when we lack confidence or trust in something

 

Valuable Vocab - January 17th

Verbs “unfold”, “develop”, “evolve” “transpire” & “play out” describe how events happen (often used with a “how” clause as the object):

  • I wonder how the election will unfold

  • I’m happy with how the event transpired

  • Nobody knows how the war will play out

 

Idioms - January 16th

To rain on someone’s parade: to say a negative point during a positive moment for another person

  • Congrats on graduating! I don’t want to rain on your parade but now you need to find a job

  • I just want to enjoy this moment. Don’t rain on my parade!

  • I think I rained on my friend's parade when she told me about her plans for her new business and I told her that starting a new business will be stressful.

 

Essential Expressions - January 16th

How to disagree politely:

  • I’m afraid I disagree

  • I respectfully disagree

  • I don’t quite see it that way

  • I have a different perspective on it

  • Well, I would argue that…

  • I see what you mean, but…

  • I understand how you feel, but…

 

Valuable Vocab - January 15th

Use “virtually”, “practically”, “effectively” or “pretty much” when something is not perfectly true but very close to being true.

  • My neighbors are virtually my family (not exactly family but very close)

  • Hockey is effectively soccer on ice (not exactly soccer on ice but very close)

  • Coke is pretty much sugar water (not exactly sugar water but very close)

 

Discover the Difference - January 15th

Use “that” after a noun

Use “what” without a noun

  • I heard…what he said

  • I heard…EVERTHING that he said

  • I found…what I was looking for

  • I found…THE KEYS that I was looking for

  • I know…what she did

  • I know…THE MISTAKE that she made

 

Good Grammar - January 14th

These verbs connect to the infinitive form of another verb. Infinitive = to do, to get, to go, etc.

  • Agree to go

  • Afford to buy

  • Decide to do

  • Deserve to get

  • Expect to see

  • Fail to finish

  • Get to join

  • Hesitate to say

  • Intend to change

  • Offer to help

  • Manage to improve

  • Struggle to learn

  • Tend to make

 

Proper Pronunciation - January 13th

Words English learners say incorrectly, with correct pronunciation in quotation marks " ":

  • Island “eye-land”

  • Queue “q”

  • Yacht “yawt”

  • Police “pu-lees”

  • Nervous “ner-viss”

  • Colleague “call-leeg”

  • Jewelry “jool-ree”

  • Chef “shef”

  • Surface “sur-fis”

  • Suit “soot”

 

Functional Phrases - January 13th

Say “above all” with the most important point:

  • Good public speakers are confident and prepared, but above all, they have passion

  • If you’re sick, you need medicine and water, but above all, you need rest

  • Above all, marriage requires trust

 

Idioms - January 13th

“To put something on the back burner” = to decide to focus on some plans later in the future rather than focusing on them now

  • We had to put our trip on the back burner because of Covid.

  • I want to start my own business but I’ve put it on the back burner until I have more free time.

  • We are hoping to buy a house someday but we put it on the back burner because we have to save more money first.

 

Crucial Corrections - January 12th

When saying a fact that came from someone else, use the verb “heard”, not “listened”:

  • I've never been there, but I listened that Lisbon is a beautiful city

  • I've never been there, but I heard that Lisbon is a beautiful city✔️

 

Valuable Vocab - January 12th

Adjective + “en” = Verb = To make something more adjective

  • ex. “STRAIGHTen” = to make something straighter

  • She straightened her hair (she made her hair straighter)

Verbs:

  • LIGHTen

  • SOFTen

  • HARDen

  • THICKen

  • SWEETen

  • TIGHTen

  • LOOSEn

  • FLATten

  • WIDEn

  • WEAKen

  • SHARPen

  • CHEAPen

 

Phrasal Verbs - January 11th

“To come through” is to do something important when others depend on you

  • I needed a ride to the airport. My dad came through and drove me.

“To follow through” is to do what you said you would do

  • My boss promised me a bonus and she followed through

 

Essential Expressions - January 10th

Politely end a conversation by saying:

  • Well, I should get going. It was nice talking to you!

  • I’m afraid I have to run but it was great seeing you again.

  • I’ll let you get back to what you were doing. Enjoy the rest of your day.

 

Crucial Corrections - January 9th

To sound professional in business, when you are experiencing a problem, DON’T say:

  • I’m scared/afraid/worried/nervous about it.❌

Instead, you SHOULD say:

  • I’m concerned about it.✔️

 

Discover the Difference - January 9th

“Want to do” is something you prefer

“Be willing to do” is something you will do if necessary

  • I’m willing to wait for the next bus (I don’t want to wait but I will if necessary)

  • I’m willing to work on weekends (I will if necessary)

 

Valuable Vocab - January 8th

Use these verbs with a percentage to describe a proportion of one thing (men) to an overall total (customers):

  • Men represent 72% of customers

  • Men comprise 72%

  • Men constitute 72%

  • Men total 72%

  • Men make up 72%

  • Men account for 72%

  • Men amount to 72%

 

Proper Pronunciation - January 7th

Words English learners say incorrectly with correct pronunciation in quotation marks " "

  • Debt “det”

  • Cupboard “cu-burd”

  • Whistle “wiss-ul”

  • Muscle “muss-ul”

  • Engine “en-jin”

  • Recipe “re-si-pee”

  • Wednesday “wenz-day”

  • Comfortable “come-ter-bull”

 

Discover the Difference - January 6th

Say “me too” if you agree with a person’s statement in POSITIVE form:

  • I LIKE sushi

  • Me too!

Say “me neither” if you agree with a person’s statement in NEGATIVE form:

  • I DON’T like sushi

  • Me neither!

 

Phrasal Verbs - January 5th

To stick around = to stay in your current location

To head out = to leave

  • I’d love to stick around but I have to head out.

  • He didn’t stick around very long. He had other plans.

  • Are you heading out now?

 

Essential Expressions - January 4th

When someone’s family member or friend dies:

  • My sincere condolences

  • My thoughts are with you

  • I’m truly sorry for your loss

  • Sending you lots of love

  • Please accept my deepest sympathy

 

Functional Phrases - January 3rd

Use the phrase “at least” to mention a positive point in a negative situation:

  • I feel sick today. At least I have medicine.

  • The traffic is bad. At least I can listen to the radio.

  • I can’t sleep. At least I don’t have to get up early.

 

Valuable Vocabulary - January 3rd

Words to say something is confusing or hard to understand:

His sudden change in behavior is very…

  • baffling

  • perplexing

  • puzzling

  • mysterious

  • mystifying

  • bewildering

 

Know the Difference - January 2nd

Few = not many (a very low quantity)

  • I knew few (not many) people at the party

A Few = some (a moderate quantity)

  • I knew a few (some) people at the party

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