Complex structures in academic English

One month into the lockdown in the UK and there are signs that people are going stir crazy. So there’s a good new phrase for you if you don’t know it – if you are stir crazy you are stuck in somewhere and you are desperate to get out. The government is beginning to worry … Read more

have yet to

Grammar focus: have yet to The phrase ‘have yet to’ can be confusing! The present perfect tense in English can be difficult at the best of times, and this phrase is another challenge for English learners. A student came to see me the other day with a letter that he couldn’t understand. He had applied … Read more

Nouns get lonely in English!

I’ve been reading a lot of student work recently and I’ve seen a lot of sentences like this: Price of oil has risen steadily since last year. Quantitative easing stimulates economy but might cause inflation. Banker in the City of London earn far too much money. Can you spot the grammar mistake in each sentence? … Read more