ESL Tip: 8 Ways to Say Yes

1. Yes is a very old word. It entered English before 900, and comes from the Old English word gese loosely meaning “be it.” Before the 1600s, yes was often used only as an affirmative to a negative question, and yea was used as the all-purpose way to say “yes.” 2. Aye. This archaism is […]

ESL TIP: Using The Word ‘ONLY’

Hmm… What do you REALLY mean? Scrutinize your use of “only” to make sure you are not creating unwanted ambiguities. It should go immediately BEFORE the word or phrase it modifies. Source: ESL Bakery by Jomi Rose Carla Soriano

ESL TIP: Hung VS Hanged

“My PC (past tense of the verb).”a. hangedb. hung The correct answer is letter b – “hung”! “Hang” has a lot of meanings. 1. One is to cause (a computer system) to halt so that input devices, such as the keyboard or the mouse, do not function. In this case, we use the verbs HANG […]

ESL TIP: Heavy Traffic

Traffic is the movement of vehicles in an area. If you mean traffic is so slow because there’s so many vehicles on the road, you can say: “There is heavy traffic on Main Street.” Sources: ESL Daily Bread by Jomi Rose Carla Soriano, Image URL

ESL Tip: Everyday VS. Every day

Which is correct? I think I’m quite fashionable even in my everyday clothes. VS. I feel quite fashionable in these clothes every day. Actually,… BOTH ARE! Everyday is an adjective. Every day is an adverb. Thus, it is wrong to write: “I call my boy friend everyday.” Instead, we say, “From now on, I’ll call […]

ESL Tip: discuss ‘about’

“Great news, team! I’ve called this meeting to discuss about our company’s latest acquisition!” — The word ‘discuss’ should be used WITHOUT the preposition ‘about’. The word means ‘talk about’. — Sources: ESL Daily Bread by Jomi Rose Soriano, Image URL

Grammar Tip: The reason is that…

“… And so I asked my ex why she left me. She told me, “The reason I left is because you were boring.” WRONG. Do not use the conjuction ‘because’  after the phrase ‘the reason’. It starts an adverb clause. The phrase ‘the reason’ needs an adjective phrase. Use ‘the reason + that,’ instead. CORRECT: “But I still […]