Category: English Tip

English Language Tips: Difference Between “Lend” and “Pay Back”


Today’s English language tip is: The difference between “Lend”, “Borrow” and “Pay back”

-Lend = prestar
-Loan = préstamo
-Borrow = pedir prestado
-Pay back = devolver
Ex:
So, if I lend you money, you borrow it from me and you must pay me back.
(Entonces, si yo te presto dinero, tú lo tomas prestado y debes devolvérmelo.)

-Cuando tomamos un objeto prestado, decimos “Give back” en vez de “pay back” para decir ‘devolver’
Ex: I borrowed his gloves and I have to give them back.


-Cuando devolvemos algo prestado a una institución, decimos “return”
Ex: I borrowed three books from the library and I forgot to return them.

English Language Tips: Difference Between “Ask” and “Tell”

Today’s English Language tip is:

– Cuando “ask” quiere decir ‘pedir’ y “tell” significa ‘decir’ siempre van con TO + VERBO EN INFINITIVO
Ex:
-Ask him to drive (Pídele que conduzca)
-Tell them to whisper (Diles que susurren)

-En negativa, existen 2 posibilidades:

1) Con la negativa ANTES del verbo “ask” o “tell”, tiene un significado
Ex: I am NOT asking you to go (No te estoy pidiendo que vayas)
[En este caso no opino, no digo nada al respeto]


2) Con la negativa DESPUÉS del verbo “ask” o “tell” tiene otro significado
Ex: I am asking you NOT to go (Te estoy pidiendo que no vayas)

English Language Tips: Saxon Genitive

Today’s English language tip: We’re using the Saxon Genitive -‘s- for possession when we talk about:

-People: Linda’s car. (El coche de Linda.)

-Animals: The cat’s paw. (La pata del gato.)

-Time: Yesterday’s mail. (El correo de ayer.)

•-‘s- is also used to talk about jobs and places where people work.

For example:
-I went to the doctor’s (doctor’s office). = Fui al medico. (no hace falta decir “doctor’s office” porque se entiende bien con decir “doctor’s”

-Go to the butcher’s (butcher shop). = Ve a la carnicería.


English Language Tips: Sayings with As…As

English Language Tips: Adjectives Ending in “ED” and “ING”

Today’s English language tip is the difference between the Adjectives that are finished in ED and ING.

-The adjectives finished in ED are used for temporary moments/moods/actions
Ex: I’m interestED in learning English. (Estoy interesado/a en aprender Ingles.)

-The adjectives finished in ING describe the character of a person/thing.
Ex: -He’s an interestING person. (El es una persona interesante.)
-The movie was very interestING. (La pelicula fue muy interesante.)

Also, be sure to check out:

English Language Tips: Meaning of the Word “Yet”

English Language Tips: Meaning of the Word “Yet”

Today’s English language tip is:

“Yet” quiere decir ANTES de la acción. Se utiliza en negativo y en la pregunta cuando esperas que la acción haya acabado o no haya empezado.

Ex:
-Have you eaten yet? (Has comido aún?)
-No, I haven’t eaten yet. (Aún no he comido)

“Already” es DESPUÉS de la acción.
Ex:
-I have eaten already. (Ya he comido.)