Interestingly, problems with the difference between to SEARCH and to SEARCH FOR appeared in two of my classes today. Take a look at the following sentences: The police SEARCHED my friend at the airport The police SEARCHED FOR my friend at the airport In the first sentence, it was the usual security procedure before proceeding to […]

On a small island such as mine (Malta), a common conversational topic when meeting someone new is about family. This is because with only 400,000 people, it’s very easy to find a connection. A: I live in Xemxija. B: Really? My aunt’s from there too. A: Who is she? B: Carol. She’s an aunt on […]

We had another letter writing session in class today. Among the many things we discussed, there were these three useful tips to make letters or emails more professional: If you don’t know whether a man or a woman will be dealing with your letter, begin the message with DEAR SIR/MADAM and end it with YOURS FAITHFULLY If you […]

If you remember, a few weeks ago I wrote about the English word for “3 times”, which is “thrice”.  Do not confuse it with today’s word, “TRICE” (without an “h”). “TRICE“ is often found in the phrase IN A TRICE , meaning “in a very short time”. For example, when your boss next asks you for […]

  I’ve started working for the company in 1984. The sentence above is wrong. Now take a look at the ones below. Which sentences are correct? I started working for the company since 1984 I started working for the company in 1984 I have worked for the company since 33 years I have been working for the […]