207 – It vs This & That for Reference – English Grammar Lesson

207 - It vs This & That for Reference - English Grammar Lesson

It’s a great movie!

We use It, this, and that to refer back to something that was just mentioned, talked about, or written. However, they way we use them is different. For today’s English lesson, let’s have a look at how they are used in everyday English.

Here are the example sentences:
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Using “it”

  • I went to Jack’s party last night. It was so much fun. It replaces “Jack’s party.”
  • We are planning a trip to Asia. It will be about three weeks long. It replaces “a trip to Asia.”
  • Have you ever seen Casablanca? It’s a great movie. It replaces “Casablanca.”

Compare these two sentences:

  • I went to Jack’s party last night. It was so much fun.
  • I went to Jack’s party last night. That was an amazing party. The food was great and everyone had a great time.

Using “this” or “that”

  • We are planning a trip to Asia. This will be the first time for both of us to visit China, Japan and Korea.
  • Have you ever seen Casablanca? That is probably one of the most classic films of the last century.

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201 – When vs While – Confusing Vocabulary Lesson

201 - When vs While - Confusing Vocabulary Lesson

When & while are both used to talk about time, but they are not used the same way. For today’s English lesson, let’s have a look at the difference between when and while. This comes up on the TOEIC exam sometimes, and even if you are not studying for TOEIC, I think it’s good to know.

Here are the example sentences:
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When or while:

  • When Jack gets to the office, we will begin the meeting.
  • While I was cooking dinner, the smoke alarm went off.

Using while:

  • While I was working on the report, Jack was fixing the printer.
  • Jim is always listening to the radio while he is driving.
  • While I was sleeping, my neighbor was playing loud music.

Using when:

  • When I got home I took off my suit and relaxed.
  • I got nervous when the boss called me into his office.
  • When I woke up I noticed it was raining.
  • When I was a kid, I was very curious about electronic equipment.
  • Jack played basketball when he was in high school.
  • When my parents got married they lived in the suburbs.

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What U.S. City Are You? Take The Quiz And Find Out!

What US City are you?

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Who are you? I know this may sound like a weird question, and you are probably thinking to yourself, “I’m me.” Well, let’s think a little outside the box. Where would be a good match for you and your personality? Our friends over at Kaplan International have put together a little quiz to help you find what US city you are. The results just might surprise you!

santa-monicaI just took the quiz and I got Santa Monica. That’s in California! Imagine me, a diehard New Yorker being one of those beach guys on the west coast. Hmmm, maybe that’s my fate! What’s yours? Take the quiz here, and then post your results in the comment box below, or share them on facebook or twitter. I wonder how many of my readers would end up with New York??? Click here to get started with the quiz.