English Lesson: “Simple Past” vs “Present Perfect”

“Do you have any easy, simple ways to tell the difference between ‘simple past’ and ‘present perfect’?” – Thiago No, no I don’t, especially when it comes to academic English. Most of the time, grammar focused questions are brought up because people need help with standardized tests like the TOEFL or TOEIC. The best thingContinue reading “English Lesson: “Simple Past” vs “Present Perfect””

English Lesson: “May” vs “Might”

“What’s the difference between ‘may’ and ‘might’? I always get them confused.” – Jose This is a great question that demonstrates a huge difference in conversational English and academic English. The simple answer is this: most people are never going to use “may”. “May” is just too polite. Everyone would rather say “Can I borrow $10?” instead of “MayContinue reading “English Lesson: “May” vs “Might””

English Lesson: “In My Mind” Vs “On My Mind”

In this post, let’s clarify two prepositional phrases: in my mind on my mind Truth be told, you’re not really going to use “in my mind” all that much. If you hear it, it just means “in my opinion”. So why not use in my opinion? Exactly! “On my mind” will be way more usefulContinue reading “English Lesson: “In My Mind” Vs “On My Mind””

English Lesson: “Other” vs “Another”

If you heard the phrase “my another friend”, would you know it’s incorrect English? Would you know how to fix it? Before we jump into the correction, let’s first review our understanding of “other” and “another”. I think it’s easier to cover “another”, so we’ll do that one first. When we use “another”, it’s inContinue reading “English Lesson: “Other” vs “Another””