What a Mess

English Vocabulary: What a Mess!

English has many ways to talk about disorder. Let’s look at some new vocabulary for talking about that mess! For example, the opposite of clean, is dirty.  This little boy has a dirty face.  His face is covered with ice cream. The opposite of neat and tidy is messy.  This artist’s table is very messy.  It is spattered with […]

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What Is the Difference Between Conscious and Conscience?

From the time we’re little, parents, teachers, and religion leaders try to tell us what is right and wrong, what is good behavior and what is bad behavior. As we grow up, these voices remain in our heads and influence our decisions. This is our conscience. The voice of our conscience tells us “Do this! […]

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New Year’s Eve: Party Hard, Over-Indulge, and Resolve to be BETTER

On New Year’s Eve, or December 31st, Americans typically party hard.  They stay up until dawn, counting down to the New Year and watching the ball drop in Times Square in New York (or on TV if they are not there), drinking and having a good time with their friends. In fact, they often over-indulge, meaning […]

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Who’s Doing What: Possessive Adjectives to Modify Gerunds

Both of these photographs show something balancing. In the first photo, rocks are balancing. In the second, a ballerina is balancing. We can change these subjects into modifiers of the gerund (balancing) by making them possessive. The rocks’ balancing seemed impossible.  Their balancing amazed me. The ballerina’s balancing took great skill.  Her balancing […]

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What’s the Difference? Verbs + Gerunds & Verbs + Infinitives

Some verbs can only be followed by a gerund. Some can only be followed by an infinitive. Some can be followed by either with no change in meaning. However, some can be followed by either a gerund or an infinitive, but the meaning is DIFFERENT. These are the verbs this blog post will focus on. […]

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