LS Refresher 69: Portion Indicators

GrammarBook gave the following rules that will help us learn the proper subject-verb agreement for portion indicators.  With words that indicate portions—e.g., a lot, a majority, some, all—(A subject will come before a phrase beginning with of), and we are guided by the noun after of. If the noun after of is singular, use a singular verb. If it is plural, […]

LS Refresher 68: Talk to vs. Talk with

Grammarly Blog gave the following rules that will help us learn how to use ‘talk to’ vs ‘talk with’. Talk to and talk with both mean to converse with someone. In almost all cases, talk to and talk with can be used interchangeably. a. Talk to Some feel that talk to should be used only for one-sided conversations—when a television host addresses the viewers, perhaps, or […]

LS Refresher 67: Ran out vs. Out of

Here are the rules that will help us learn how to use ‘ran out’ vs. ‘out of’. (a) Out of – No longer in a stated place or condition.  Ex: An apple rolled out of the bag. – Used to show what something is made from Ex. The dress was made out of velvet.  – Used to show the reason why someone does something: Ex. I took the job out of necessity because we had no money left. Source: Cambridge Dictionary […]

LS Refresher 66: Get off vs. Drop off

Here are the rules that will help us learn how to use ‘get off’ vs ‘drop off’. (a) Drop-off A very steep downward slope. Example: On the other side was a 50-yard drop-off. A very large decrease in level or amount Example. Sales dropped off at the end of the month. The act of taking someone or something to a […]

LS Refresher 65: During vs. In

Grammar-Quizzes.com gave the following rules that will help us learn how to use ‘during’ and ‘in’ (a) DURING – EMPHASIS ON ACTIVITY DURATION -During expresses a period or range of time  (also, “over”, from X to Y, “throughout”). ex. We are on vacation during July.  -After a verb that focuses on an activity, “during” is used to indicate a period or range of […]

LS Refresher 64: Very vs. Too

Woodward English gave the following rules that will help us learn how to use “very” and “too”. To read more about this post, please click here.   To take the quiz, please click here.  ***DISCLAIMER: The Iamdouzone Blog doesn’t own any of the pictures, videos, articles or excerpt of the article/s featured above. Credits to the owner/s were properly […]

LS Refresher 63: Because of vs. Because

Tolearnenglish.com gave the following rules that will help us learn how to use ‘because of vs because ’ Because of and because are both used to introduce reasons. (a) Because of is a preposition, it is generally followed by a verb + ing or a noun Example: Because of  feeling sick, Maria didn’t go to the supermarket. […]

LS Refresher 62: Break off vs. Break out

Cambridge Dictionary gave the following rules that will help us learn how to use ‘break off and break out’. Break off (something) To end a relationship  Ex. The governments broke off diplomatic relations. Source Break out If something dangerous or unpleasant breaks out, it suddenly starts:  Ex. War broke out in 1914. Break out in a rash, sweat, […]

LS Refresher 61: Look at vs. Look on

Macmillan Dictionary gave the following rules that will help us learn how to use ‘look at and look on. a. Look on 1. look on someone/something– to think of someone or something in a particular way. Ex. I look on it as a challenge. 2. look on someone/something– to watch an activity or event without taking part in it Ex. Phil looked on […]

LS Refresher 60: Keep up with and Keep up

Merriam-Webster gave the following rules that will help us learn how to use ‘keep up with’ and ‘keep up’ keep up with 1: to go or make progress at the same rate as (others) :to stay even with (others) in a race, competition, etc. Example: The other runners struggled to keep up with the leader. 2: to continue to know the […]