Try to spot what's unnatural about the following statement: “The number of people on my team is 5.”
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When talking about rural places like vacation spots or a far-away hometown, it's common to talk about nature. However, native speakers never say, “You'll enjoy nature,” or, “It has beautiful nature.” It’s too general. It doesn't bring to mind any mental image.
Some English seems so easy that you may not question if you are making a mistake. Many students—even high-level students—have trouble talking about where they live.
Many students are familiar with the word increase, but fail to use it correctly. Try to spot the error in the following sentence:
Elderly people are increasing in Japan.
Verbing—changing nouns into verbs—is happening so fast these days that non-native speakers can struggle to keep up. The rapid rate of change in technology means we email someone instead of sending an email to them.
When you give information, how much of it is typically remembered?
That is a complex question. It obviously depends a lot on tone and content, but it also depends on order. What's said first and last are most clearly remembered.
The English word “budget” is complex. There are many ways to use it, and it is often misused by non-native speakers.
Asking questions in meetings can be tough, even for native speakers. For non-native speakers, doing it in English can be a nightmare.
When asked difficult questions, many non-native English speakers tend to stall immediately, for example:
Students at the English Farm write some amazing G.B.C. answers, and we like to share the best of the best.
This piece has had minor corrections by a teacher, but the logic, structure, and word choice are the student's.
What's wrong with this question: "How many rain is there in Paris?" This issue is with much and many, it should be "How much rain?" However, "There is much rain," sounds strange to a native speaker. Read on to find out how to use many, much and a lot of.
If your G.B.C. test score is low in the Grammar section regarding plurals, this this might be something you need to focus on.