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Phrasal Verbs: Catching Up

Phrasal Verbs: Catching Up

In my last blog, I tried to explain how phrasal verbs enable native English speakers to go into detail about how they go up stairs (we walk up them, run up them or stagger up them drunk). If we move something else to a higher place, we generally just pick it up and...
Phrasal Verbs: Catching Up

Phrasal Verbs: How do you “UP”?

Most of my students like phrasal verbs about as much as they like exercise bikes and try to use them with roughly the same frequency.  Native speakers, on the other hand, find them so easy and flexible that we can invent them spontaneously to serve when we don’t know...
Still not sure?

Still not sure?

STILL, YET and ALREADY Last time, I shared my misgivings about the slippery present perfect tense in English. As if it wasn’t bad enough alone, this tense also provides a favourable habitat for three of our most exotic and user-hostile adverbs: still, yet and already....
Further Comparison

Further Comparison

Comparisons can be difficult for us to learn. Last week, I outlined the rules we traditionally teach for making comparisons with adjectives in English and suggested that they may be too complicated to learn naturally for many adult learners (including me). If you...

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