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"ONLY" ~ adverb (updated for 2018 with AUDIO!)




When we use the word "only" as an adverb it can mean - no more than; no longer than

"It was so hot my ice cream melted in only 5 or 10 seconds!"
- It took no longer than 5 or 10 seconds



"She's only 21 and she runs her own business."
- She is young (not more than 21) but she has her own business. Great!



"It only took a few seconds."
That’s why it's called fast food!

"I think Bill only does laundry once a week." 
- I don't think that he does laundry more than once a week.




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English expressions - just right


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If something is just right it means it is perfect. 

"It was my first time to make pumpkin pie, but it came out just right!"


We often say just the right shape, color, size etc. to say that something is exactly correct.

"This dress is just the right size."   



This photo was taken at just the right time!

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English expressions - Sick as a dog



Last Friday I had to cancel my dentist appointment because I felt terrible. I had a headache and an upset stomach. I was sick as a dog.
Can you guess what the expression “sick as a dog” means?
Sick as a dog - means you are very ill
I just saw Walter a few minutes ago. He looked sick as a dog so I told him to go home.


Jonathan drank too much at the party last night and now he's sick as a dog!
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English suffix ~ous Learn with lots of example sentences! (Updated for 2018 with VIDEO!)


In July of 2017, some dangerous ants were found in Oi, a port in Tokyo.


ant noun - a small insect that lives in highly organized groups. 



port - noun - a place where ships load and unload goods
 or shelter from storms


The ants are called 'fire ants' and they are poisonous!
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From this news, we used 2 adjectives with the suffix ~ous. Dangerous and poisonous.

dangerous - likely to injure or harm somebody, or to damage or destroy something

poisonous - causing death or illness if swallowed or absorbed into the body
(All definitions in this post come from Oxford Learner's Dictionaries)





A simple way to think of these 2 adjectives is to look at the root word, this means the part of the word that comes before the suffix ous.

danger (ous) If a situation has danger it is dangerous.

poison (ous) If something has poison it is poisonous.

Many adjectives that use the suffix ~ous have this basic meaning. 

adventurous (of a person) willing to take risks and try new ideas; enjoying being in new, exciting situations ~ ready for adventure

"For the more adventurous tourists, there are trips into the mountains with a local guide."



famous - known about by many people
~ A famous person is someone who has fame.
fame (nounthe state of being known and talked about by many people
"She went to Hollywood in search of fame and fortune."



When I was 22 I toured the mountainous region of New Zealand. It was beautiful. (The area has many mountains)




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Easily confused English - notify VS notice


Recently one of my private students confused 
the verbs notify and notice.

He told me:

"The car rental company didn't notice me to confirm my reservation." X
This is not natural English, and it has a completely different meaning than what he wanted to say.

"The car rental company didn't notify me to confirm my reservation." 
This is correct!

Read the definitions and examples below to learn the differences between these 2 words!
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Notify

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notify - verb - to formally or officially tell somebody about something

"You must notify us in writing if you wish to cancel your subscription."

"The car rental company didn't notify me to confirm my reservation."

We can notify you by letter, email or telephone.
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Notice

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notice - verb - to see or hear somebody/something; to become aware of somebody/something

"The first thing I noticed about the room was the smell."

"Did you notice how Rachel kept looking at her watch? I think she wants to leave."

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Special thanks to www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com for their clear definitions and helpful example sentences!

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