202 – As vs. While – English Grammar Lesson

202 - As vs. While - English Grammar Lesson

We use while & as to talk about time, but the way we use them is different. For today’s English lesson, let’s have a look at the difference between while & as and see how you can use them in your English conversation.

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Using AS:

  • As I stood up, I began to feel dizzy.
  • As I opened the window, the air conditioner fell out.
  • As I turned around to ask them to be quite, the man next to them scolded them.
  • Just as he finished his speech, everyone stood and applauded loudly.
  • Let’s all say “Happy Birthday” just as she walks in the room.
  • Just as we pulled out of the drive way, I realized I had left my wallet on the kitchen table.

Using WHILE:

  • While I was working, the phone rang many times. “During the time I was working….”
  • While having dinner, I generally don’t watch TV.
  • While I was traveling to the office, I decided to take a nap on the train.

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200 – Conjunction Combinations with And, Or, But, Either, & Neither

200 - Conjunction Combinations with And, Or, But, Either, & Neither

Conjunction patterns with and, or, but, either, & neither. For today’s English lesson, we’re going to look at four common conjunction patterns that often get tested on English exams like TOEFL & TOEIC.

Here are the example sentences:

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Both A and B:

  • I like both chocolate and vanilla ice cream.
  • Both Greg and his wife are big Yankee fans.
  • We have a lot of time today, so we can both visit the museum and see a movie.

Either A or B:

  • You can have either ice cream or cheesecake for dessert, so please chose one.
  • Either Jack or Jim will go to the meeting next week.
  • We don’t have a lot of time today, so we can either visit the museum or see a movie.

Neither A nor B

  • You can have neither chocolate nor vanilla ice cream. We have just strawberry left.
  • Neither Greg nor his wife are hockey fans.
  • We have no free time today, so we can neither visit the museum nor see a movie.

Not only A, but also B:

  • I not only like to eat cake and cookies, but I also enjoy baking.
  • Greg and his wife are not only big Yankee fans, but they also route for the Rangers.
  • Not only is it raining, but it is also supposed to snow later tonight.

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160 – Accept vs Except – Confusing Vocabulary Lesson

160 - Accept vs Except - Confusing Vocabulary Lesson

The university accepted him!

Accept & except can be confusing for a lot of English learners. For today’s English lesson, I’m going to show you how to use accept & except in your English conversations and writing.

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Accept:

  • Jack’s such a nice guy. He wouldn’t accept any money for driving us to the station.
  • I heard Nick proposed to Lori, and she accepted! They are such a nice couple
  • That shop will accept cash, credit cards, and personal checks for payment.
  • Joe’s brother was accepted to Stamford University.
  • Jane was accepted into the tennis club, even though she is not such a great player.
  • I accept the fact that I made a huge mistake yesterday.
  • Many people cannot accept the policy of testing chemicals on animals.

Except:

  • Everyone went to the party except Joe.
  • Except anchovy, I can eat any pizza topping.
  • All of the furniture in the room, except the table, needs to be moved out.
  • I would hire Jack except that I’ve heard he’s not usually punctual.
  • She didn’t say anything except that she was hungry.
  • This new desk is the same as my old one except the color is a little darker.
Yesterday’s listening challenge answer:
  • It seems like Jack and Jenny agreed on two different things together!
Today’s listening challenge:
  • What was Michael’s problem this morning?

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