have a bath vs take a bath

When you hear people say have a bath or take a bath, what do you think? That one is correct and the other is not? Not at all. They’re both correct, and here’s why: In this context, bath is always a noun in American English but both a noun and a verb in British English. American Americans naturally say take a bath to mean wash oneself in a tub of water and use bathe as the verb form. They however use have a shower when talking about a wedding shower, but not in the sense of…

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Why ‘in a car’ but ‘on a bus’

According to some speakers of English language, the use of in and on in transportation is one of the ‘weirdness’ of prepositions. Despite this difficulty, we’ve found a simplified way of explaining it. It is however necessary to know that we might not know how this solution was found, but we found it and it’s correct. On a lighter note, who cares about ‘why’ when we know ‘how’ and we’re right? The way out When you get into a car, you sit immediately; when you get into a bus, you…

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can vs could: more than past and present forms

Both can and could might sometimes get you confused, but here is the way to deal with them: can and could are called modal verbs. Modal verbs are used to talk about ability; to show belief in possibility, certainty and probability; to make offer and request; and to ask permission. Other modal verbs are may, might, shall, should, will, would, must. Modal verbs do not usually stand alone, and if they do, the main verbs are inferred. Examples: Q: Can you sing the national anthem offhand? A: I can (sing the national…

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lose vs loose: how to know the difference

Are you confused about the use of lose and loose? Read this piece: lose The word lose (pronounced /lu:z/) is a verb that means ‘to no longer have something or be in control of it’, e.g. a thing, feeling, time, game, etc. The past tense and past participle form is ‘lost’. Examples: He predicted that they’ll lose the game even before it started. I don’t want to lose you, please stay with me. Digital Academy lost over a million naira last year. We told him the story and he’s losing his…

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Prepositions: uses and misuses

Prepositions generally give information on location, time and place in connection with people, things and events. They tell us the physical position of an entity, the period of an event and the realistic relationship between people, things and locations. They’re usually followed by nouns or noun phrases. Examples of prepositions: about, around, above, in, at, by, beneath, against, among, anti, along, below, beside, near, to, of, off, on, towards, down, during, instead of, according to, apart from, ahead of, in spite of, in place of, except for, etc. Note: instead…

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