Transitive phrasal verbs – separable

Thursday, 16 July 2020 by

As you now know, some phrasal verbs can be separated. Some of the verbs that can be separated include: To pick someone / something up – collect someone / something from another place To fill something in – to complete something (usually a form) To throw something out – to put something in the bin

We talked in a previous blog that some phrasal verbs need an object, i.e. they are transitive. The first type is non-separable, and the object must go after the preposition or adverb. In English Learner Dictionaries, you will see the symbol [T] to show that the verb is transitive. Common examples are: • To call

As we mentioned in our last blog about phrasal verbs, it’s no easy task to learn them. There are thousands in use every day and so it can an impossible job. So, let’s start at the easiest ones to use. Intransitive phrasal verbs don’t need an object and can stand alone.   This means that you

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One major difference between native speakers and learners of English is the use of phrasal verbs. Phrasal verbs are used commonly in everyday speech and are formed by combining a verb and a preposition or adverb. But why are they so difficult? They are often not easy to work out. The words which make up

Best Films to Practise English

Thursday, 18 June 2020 by

The King’s Speech Focuses on England’s King George, who had to overcome his stutter to deliver a speech on the radio.  Great film to improve your British accent as it strongly focuses on pronunciation. Love Actually Great romantic comedy film, set over the festive period.  Eight different stories set in London.  As there are many

1) Say the word loudly when trying to spell it. 2) Work out the number of syllables in the word, i.e. how many times do you move your mouth when you say the word? For example, Friday has two syllables and September has three syllables. 3) Spell the syllables, not the whole word. For example,

These study tips were created by our Pre-Intermediate and Intermediate level students. We hope that they will give you some inspiration. Feel free to send us your tips that might help other students. Organise your time well and plan what you are going to study. Set aims for yourself and check your progress regularly to

Ways to Practise your Vocabulary

Thursday, 28 May 2020 by

You learn new words everyday and the next day in class you have forgotten them! Why is it so difficult to remember vocabulary? Here are some ways to help your memory and practise at home. Quizlet A great online resource to record vocabulary studied and you can review at any time. Matching activities, flashcards, spelling

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In Task 2, take time to analyse the question carefully and plan what you are going to write.  The examiner needs to see a relevant and coherent answer, not just one which talks generally about the topic. Make sure you understand what kind of essay it is:  advantages/disadvantages, problems and solutions etc. Use linking words

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Top 5 tips to learn new vocabulary Our students tell us that vocabulary is one of the biggest problems they have when studying for the IELTS exam. Academic vocabulary holds them back in the reading, writing, listening and speaking tests. There is no easy fix for this problem, but here are a few tips to

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