Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Useful tips for learning English




Uncountable nouns: advice; help; information
When asking for things like help, advice and information, you need to remember that they are uncountable nouns. Words we would recommend using with them are “some” and “a bit of”:
EXAMPLES
Incorrect
“I need an help / advice.” (You must not use “an”)
Correct
“I need a bit of help / advice please.”
“Can you please give me some advice / information…”
“I’m looking for some information about…”

“Have a doubt”
People often ask about having doubts / a doubt. Below are phrases we would suggest instead:
EXAMPLES
Incorrect
“I have doubt about…”
“I have a doubt about something.”
Correct
“I’m not sure about this…”
“I don’t think I’ve got this right.”
“I can’t understand…”
“Can you please help me understand how to…”
“I have a problem with…”

What does something mean?
If you are asking about the meaning of a specific word, make sure that you are structuring the question correctly:
EXAMPLES
Incorrect
What does it mean, ‘something’?
Correct
What does ‘something’ mean?”
How do you say ‘something’ in English?”
What’s this in English?” (Pointing to an object.)

If you can’t understand someone:
Can you repeat that, please?
Can you say that again, please?
Can you please speak more slowly?
I’m sorry, I don’t understand.
I didn’t catch that, sorry?
Sorry?

We hope it helps you to improve your English.

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