When Push Comes to Shove

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In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: “When Push Comes to Shove”. What does “when push comes to shove” mean? “When push comes to shove” means if worse comes to worse. It is when a decision needs to be made to resolve an urgent issue matters become critical and call for an action someone …

Changes for CBE Students

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Following the changes announced by the Alberta Government, the Calgary Board of Education (CBE) posted new health measures for students: For Grade 7-12 Students Home learning will start on November 30, 2020 and last until Friday, January 8, 2021 (except during winter break) In-person classes will resume on January 11, 2021 Diploma exams are optional for rest of the school …

Black Sheep VS Dark Horse

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In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s compare the idioms “black sheep” and “dark horse”. They are both about animals but their meanings are totally different and they are not to be confused. Black Sheep: What does “black sheep” mean? When you say someone is a black sheep of his/her group or family, you mean that the person: is considered …

Over the Moon

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In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: “over the moon”. What does “over the moon” mean? This idiom is used todescribe one’s mood: very pleased extremely happy ecstatic in high spirits How to use it? Add “about” or “with”: be over the moon about/with something Examples: Her daughter just gave birth to a healthy …

Simple Past VS Present Perfect

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In the past two weeks, we learned how to change regular and irregular verbs into the simple past tense. In today’s English Learning Tips for Newcomers, we take a look at the differences between the simple past tense and the present perfect tense. Many English learners confuse these two tenses. We summarize the differences between the two in this table …