When to use “was” and “were”.

Last week, I published a fun quiz on our social media about the use of the verbs “was” and “were”.

Looking at the results, many who took part didn’t get the answers right, and we received comments from some followers who wanted to know more about this grammatical rule.

So I’m writing this today to explain to you the difference between the two verbs.

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Don’t make this mistake I made.

A few months back, I had to do a live video for a group of students.

I had prepared everything that I was going to talk about–I wrote down the flow in my notebook and I had all my notes and points ready. I had also gone through everything that I was going to say.

After doing several live videos, I felt a bit more confident than usual.

I would usually rehearse for these sessions. I’d rehearse as if I were actually doing the session.

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The real meaning of ‘tentative’

Today, the My English Matters Team (me, Madam Azimah & Aisya) will be making our way for our quarterly meeting in KL.

It will be the first time I meet Madam Azimah in real life this year. She lives in Terengganu and Aisya and I are here in Klang Valley. We’ve been meeting virtually all this time, so I don’t feel like it’s been long!

Anyway, yesterday we were discussing the agenda for our meeting and one thing that came up was the word “tentative”.

We notice that a lot of Malaysians use the word “tentative” as a noun to mean “programme”, “agenda” or “itinerary” of an event. But that’s not the correct meaning.

“Tentative” means “not certain or fixed”. It’s actually an adjective.

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“I am shy and always concerned about what other people think of me.”

Today at 12 noon, I went LIVE on our Facebook page. I answered a few questions that we received through email.

One of them is this:

“I am shy and always concerned about what other people think of me. How do I overcome this?”

Does that sound like you? You prefer to keep quiet because you’re afraid of making mistakes or sounding stupid.

If that sounds like you, watch the replay of the live session here.

“I want to improve my English, but how do I stay focussed in learning?”

Today at 12 noon, I went LIVE on our Facebook page. I answered some questions we received through email and social media and one of them is this:

“I seriously want to improve my English, but how do I stay focussed in learning English?”

Does that sound like you? Maybe you know that you need to spend time learning, but everything in life just gets in the way.

Watch all four parts of the session here.

This tip will help you answer hard questions.

Imagine you’re presenting in a meeting with your bosses and suddenly somebody raises their hand and asks you a question.

You should be able to answer the question, but you’re finding it difficult to think on the spot.

What do you do?

Being in front of a group of people and speaking off the cuff can be hard. Getting a question that you have to answer on the spot can be even harder.

I want to introduce you to a technique called “Buying Time”.

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