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Some things in English are tricky.
You try to understand a difficult grammatical point or try to remember a new phrase … but with no success.
Then one day someone shows you a simple, little picture.
And you say, “Ahhh … OK! I get it now!”
They say a picture says 1,000 words.
So here are 7 little pictures that will help you remember:
- how to choose the right preposition
- fun ways to remember phrasal verbs
- my hack to remember the passive
- when to use “during” and “for”
On or in the island?
✘ “We spent three amazing days in the island.”
Don’t tell me that you’re
in the island.
Unless you’re exploring some caves.
Or something truly terrible has happened.
Or you’ve got kids, and they’ve decided it’d be fun to bury you today.
“We spent three amazing days on the island.”
“There are lots of weird animals on this island. I want to go home!”
Catch up, ketchup!
Catch up with means:
go faster so that you can reach someone (or something) that was in front of you before
Everyone knows that people are faster than bottles of tomato ketchup.
That’s why the ketchup can’t catch up with the person.
It will always be behind.
“You go ahead. I’ll finish this and catch up with you.”
“The police will catch up with you sooner or later.”
In the south or south?
✘ “He has a house south of Iceland.”
It’s a small difference.
Remember that in the south of somewhere is still inside that place.
But south of somewhere is outside that place.
It makes the difference between being in a nice country full of nice people and being in very, very cold water.
“He has a house in the south of Iceland.”
“I live south of the river.”
Drop by means:
make a quick visit
“Nice of you to drop by.”
This phrasal verb means “make a quick visit.”
It’s quite informal, and you can also use “drop in” or “drop in at (somewhere).”
“You must drop by next time you’re in town.”
“I’m going to drop in at Alison’s flat on the way home. I’ll be a bit later than normal.”
A passive shortcut
To form the passive, just add be.
The passive is pretty simple if you think about it the right way.
The magic formula?
Just add be.
If you can use be in the different tenses, then you can use the passive.
Just make sure to use verb 3 (the past participle), too.
“Look! My bike! It’s been stolen.”
“Do you think you’ll be promoted before you retire?”
During or for?
✘ “I’m going to stay in Edirne during three days.”
We use during with a noun.
So you can say, “My dad fell asleep during the film. Again.”
We use for with a time frame (11 days, an hour, a week, etc.).
“He kept talking for an hour. I almost fell asleep.”
“I’m going to stay in Edirne for three days.”
“They didn’t show any films during the flight.”
A crane in Ukraine
To remember crane, think of Ukraine.
So we all know the country Ukraine, right?
You might even be from there.
I haven’t been there myself, but I’m sure some of the cities have plenty of cranes around.
Cranes in Ukraine!
“Containers are lifted onto the ship using these cranes.”
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Great explanations Clark. Very clear an uderstandable indeed. I love your drawings too.
Thanks so much Gabriela,
I really appreciate it! 🙂
I need a halp on how to write an academic article. I realy apreciate the first one
We don’t really focus on academic English here, but should check out these guys: http://www.academicenglishcafe.com/
Hope that helps! 🙂
Very useful, thanks Gabriel.
Glad it helps!
Wow really helps me i want more explenations like this
Thanks for the positive feedback!
If you’re after some more, you can get your copy of the eBook for 95 more!
I really can say “Thank you for this article”. Bye!
Thanks for the drawings. If you have worksheets on Verb agreement with the Subject it will help.
I want a lot of past tense verbs. From the present to the past. If you can send it I would be grateful. Susan.j.
I can’t share copyright material with you, I’m afraid. But have a search — there’s a lot out there! 🙂