Posts Tagged: grammar

Like vs. As: How to Choose Correctly

Like or as? For English language learners, this is one of the trickier questions. To choose the correct form, ask yourself: Is it followed by a verb?  If the answer is yes, use as. Examples: As I mentioned previously, the meeting will begin at 9 am. It sounded as though she would be late. In each… Read more »

English Immersion in Maine: Perspective Mexico

Many executives and professionals from Mexico and Latin America have found Maine, with its friendly people and distance from any Spanish-speaking populations, to be the perfect place to study English in a total immersion environment. In this video, Rosario, an accountant from Mexico, talks about her experience in a 3-week intensive English immersion course at… Read more »

Learn English Prepositions with Photos

Who is the English language student’s enemy number 1? Prepositions. Prepositions are small but pugnacious, refusing to fade into the background. Prepositions laugh at translation (that’s laugh at, not laugh with, because it’s not a friendly laugh). Depende de in Spanish. De = of or from in English. So, it depends of the context, right? Wrong. It depends on… Read more »

English Immersion in Maine: Perspective Québec

Old Orchard Beach – for many, many generations of French speakers from the province of Québec, those three foreign-sounding words have meant sun, surf, sand, fried food, and fun family holidays on the beautiful coast of Maine. Beginning as long ago as 1842, even before there was a train connection between Maine and points south like Boston and… Read more »

Between You and Me: Grammar Conundrums

Between you and me? Between you and I? Between me and you? Even native speakers of English confess to feeling perplexed when it comes to choosing the correct pronouns. In his entertaining podcast Lexicon Valley on the online news website Slate, Mike Vuolo presents a satisfyingly thorough and often funny discussion of the confusion provoked by… Read more »

Who vs. Whom: Which is Correct?

Either as a relative pronoun or question word, whom is rarely used in conversation. Formal writing, yes, but ordinary conversation, no. With whom did you go to the movies? is correct but sounds like a police interrogation. Who did you go to the movies with? is technically incorrect but is the way we usually say it…. Read more »