Today’s idiom: “To sweep someone off his/her feet”

6 Aug

To sweep someone off their feet has nothing to do with using a broom. Although, if you get in the way of someone sweeping the floor, this may happen quite literally!

We use the verb “sweep” not only for cleaning, but also for big, fast movements. So “to sweep someone off their feet” means to make someone fall very much in love with you, usually quite suddenly, and usually with some romantic actions.

sweep someone off their feet


Today’s idiom: “Knight in Shining Armour”

10 Jul

A “knight in shining armour” is someone who rescues you from a difficult situation. It is used mostly in a romantic context, for example “She’s waiting for a knight in shining armour to rescue her from her boring and lonely life”. However, it can be used in any situation where someone is hoping for a rescuer to come along. For example, “Our business is in big trouble. We really need a knight in shining armour to come and invest a few million dollars in us.”

knight in shining armour


4 Jun

When talking about time, we often want to say WHEN something started, HOW LONG it lasted, or what else is happening AT THE SAME TIME. To express these concepts, we use the prepositions SINCE, FOR and DURING. But how do we use them correctly? This chart should help:


Compound Adjectives

29 Jan

Today someone asked me about a compound adjective, so I thought I’d share this picture with you:

compound adjectives

How to use “there is” and “there are”

24 Aug

When we want to say that something exists, or that something is present here right now, we usually use the phrase “there is/are”.

If we want to ask whether something exists, or is here, we use the question “Is there …?” or “Are there …?”

there IS and ARE

Contractions in English

14 Aug

You may have noticed English speakers using a lot of “lazy” language, contracting some phrases into a single word. The most common of these contractions are:

contractions in English

“SO” to show agreement

8 Aug

Would you like a new car? So would I.

Do you have plans for the weekend? So do I.

These are examples of how we can use “SO” to show that we agree with something, or that we are in the same situation. Here is a more complete explanation:

SO to show agreement

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