People Are Plural 

People Are Plural 

Many non-native English speakers wonder, is it “people is” or “people are”? The Answer: It’s “people ARE.” Part of the confusion might be because the pronouns “everybody” and “everyone” take “is”.  So, since “everybody” is considered singular, you would think “people”...
How to Pronounce Live vs Leave

How to Pronounce Live vs Leave

Why do the sounds in these words cause so much confusion – and embarrassment?! The difference between Live vs Leave is usually clear.  Live = inhabit. Leave = depart.  The hard part is in pronouncing these words correctly: Leave = leev Live = lihv or l’v  Most...
THAT vs THIS?

THAT vs THIS?

“Is THIS your book?” OR  “Is THAT your book? What is the difference?  Both “that” and “this” refer to singular objects or people.  The difference is in how close or far away you are: When you say, “This is my book,” you are touching your book or holding it in your...
Whose vs Who’s

Whose vs Who’s

Whose vs Who’s These two words are pronounced exactly the same, but they are used in different ways.  WHOSE “Whose” is a pronoun often used as an adjective to show possession, or what belongs to someone.  In the question, “Whose book is this?” “whose” asks “to whom”...