40 Prepositional Phrases for Emails 5

40 Prepositional Phrases for Emails
Test your knowledge of prepositions and improve your email writing skills! Prepositions, particularly when part of a prepositional phrase or phrasal verb, are often problematic for learners of English. Not only can meaning be lost if incorrectly used, in some cases they can lead to a misunderstanding. For example, if you deal with children, you ...

The Passive 2

The Passive
It’s not what you say. It’s how you say it! Desmond Dekker Broadly speaking English is an SVO (subject, verb, object) language, e.g. I completed the project one month behind schedule. However, sometimes who or what actually did something (the agent) is either unimportant, or would rather be left out. In this case we can ...

Job Applications – Cover Letters 10

Job Applications – Cover Letters
 12 simple steps to a perfect cover letter Your cover letter (e-mail) is often the only chance you get to sell yourself to a potential employer. You can highlight key features of your attached CV and include material that is not in the CV, especially your personal qualities. However, it is important not to write ...

Idioms of Comparison 11

Idioms of Comparison
  Various grammatical constructions are used in English to compare things. as … as is used to compare things which have similar or identical qualities. There are many idiomatic phrases in English which use this construction, for example, as drunk as a lord (very drunk). These expressions are used to make the language more vivid. ...

Make & Do

What is the rule for using make & do? Generally speaking we use make if the action is creative, e.g. for products & results. Products are made by a company, made in a country, and are made of a material. Do is used for actions, process and activities. The action needn’t be stated. E.g. They ...

By vs. Until

“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” Douglas Adams I have seen so many misunderstandings caused by this one… Both until and by indicate ‘not later than’. Until tells us how long a situation continues. If something happens until a particular time, it stops at that time. I am staying in London until ...