Some things you can count but other ones you cannot.
That’s the reason you have to be careful when using “many” or “much”, for instance. Let me make it clear: some words can only be used with things you can relate to a quantity, i.e. a specified amount.
So you want to use indefinite quantifiers – words you put in front of a noun which are not quantities but represent “how much” it is – but you are not sure when to use them?
It’s easier than you think.
For non-native English speakers these sounds might be very difficult to be learnt. There’re 2 standard sounds represented by the letters “th” in English.
And there is no way out: you can’t replace them with sounds you consider ”alike”. They’re unique sounds and once you learn them you – and others – will notice a watershed in your English pronunciation ability.
When travelling for instance, people may not understand if you pronounce “three” and “tree” the same; they might get what you’re saying from the context but still, this kind of mistake definitely affects the quality of the communication.
Let’s dive into it, shall we?
One might think that “have got to” (or its famous version “gotta”), “must” and “have to” can be used interchangeably, that is, whenever one wants. And that’s not accurate.
In this post, I explain these differences as well as I recommend a great video to help you even more!
You have probably noticed that I love to watch words fighting.
I mean, there are so many words that look very similar and can have the same meaning in some contexts, that we just ignore their diferences. We assume their meanings.
A friend and former teacher of mine, Vicky, told me something her father says: “don’t assume, or you might be making an ass out of you and me“. Clever, eh?
So, do you really know the difference between assume and presume?
I didn’t. And I’ve just found a video that will…
Today I found a great source of videos for English speakers who want to learn Portuguese: a YouTube channel. The channel is maintained by Luciana Lage who is Brazilian. Partnered with Susan Zaraysky, Luciana made a series of videos called “Learn Brazilian Portuguese with Songs” which I loved. Both teachers are very knowledgeable and interact in a very dynamic and pleasant way.
When we learn a new language we face some words that have a very similar meaning but cannot be used interchangeably. Sometimes even natives can’t distinguish those words but they know automatically where and when to use them properly.
That’s the case with the words finish and end.