less or fewer

Grammar focus: less or fewer Deciding whether to use less or fewer can be difficult. The confusion happens because you often see mistakes in public signs, for example like this one here: The sign is wrong! ‘Less’ is used with things that you don’t usually count, so this sentence is correct: A small car uses … Read more

Relative clauses: leaving out the relative pronoun

I haven’t posted anything for a while, so HELLO to all new subscribers who have joined up since my last post. I also want to say I hope you are well and  are managing during the coronavirus lockdown going on around the world. ‘This too shall pass’ as the saying goes.     My post … 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