All posts by alicesaraswati

Content creator to

#EngQuiz: Question Tag

Good evening, everyone! How are you doing?

It’s a bit windy today, isn’t it? To spice it up, I’d like to invite you to a small #EngQuiz of question tag! Nothing hard, just fill in the blank with the correct grammatical form. Are you ready? #EngQuiz

  1. It’s been a long day, ______?
    a. isn’t it
    b. is it
    c. hasn’t it
  2. Let’s celebrate it with a dinner, _______?
    a. won’t we
    b. shall we
    c. do we
  3. _______ be together forever, shan’t we?
    a. We shall
    b. We will
    c. We should
  4. The teacher is going to be here any minute, _______?
    a. won’t she
    b. isn’t she
    c. is she
  5. The manager _______ my email, didn’t he?
    a. read
    b. reads
    c. reading
  6. You don’t talk much, _______?
    a. are you
    b. don’t you
    c. do you
  7. ________ to stay here and wait, aren’t I?
    a. I can
    b. I am
    c. I will
  8. We have so much to do, _______?
    a. haven’t we
    b. don’t we
    c. aren’t we
  9. Do get something to eat, ______?
    a. do you
    b. don’t you
    c. will you
  10. We have got an amazing time, ________?
    a. haven’t we
    b. don’t we
    c. didn’t we



  1. c. hasn’t it. ‘It’s’ here is short of ‘it has’. #EngQuiz
  2. b. shall we. The correct question tag for ‘let’s’ or ‘let us’ is ‘shall we’. #EngQuiz
  3. a. We shall. The key is in ‘shan’t we’, which is short of ‘shall we not’. #EngQuiz
  4. b. isn’t she. Don’t get confused with ‘won’t’, fellas, as it is the suitable question tag to ‘will’. #EngQuiz
  5. a. read. I used ‘didn’t he’, which indicated the event is in the past, and the correct verb is ‘read’. #EngQuiz
  6. c. do you. #EngQuiz
  7. b. I am. Even though ‘to be’ used here is ‘am’, the question tag will be ‘aren’t’. #EngQuiz
  8. b. don’t we. ‘Have’ here is from the verb ‘to have’, thus the question tag is ‘don’t we’. #EngQuiz
  9. c. will you. ‘Do get’ here is an imperative to express order, so the correct question tag is ‘will you.’ #EngQuiz
  10. a. haven’t we. ‘Have’ in the sentence is auxiliary. The correct one is ‘haven’t we’ instead of ‘don’t we’. #EngQuiz


It’s a wrap! Don’t be sad if you haven’t got all the answers right. Keep following us to help brush up your English. Also, check  for our past sessions and other interesting topics!

Thank you for your participation in today’s #EngQuiz! Stay excellent, fellas! Good night!!


Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 1st August, 2016.

#GrammarTrivia: Because and Because of

Hi, fellas! How are you doing?


Good for you :)

Andy Riyan @anndyriyan

Hi! I am listening a music.


Very often when listening to the music, we get carried away and become emotional. Not only because we can relate to the lyrics or the song means something to us, like reminding us of our loved ones. But also because of the singer or musician, who performs so wholeheartedly.

Did you notice how I used ‘because’ and ‘because of’ in two previous tweets, fellas? That’s our topic for today’s #GrammarTrivia.

Before we get to more details, do you mind sharing your understanding about the use of ‘because’ and ‘because of’, fellas? #GrammarTrivia

Nada ‏@despasya  25 Jul

@EnglishTips4U because of is used to refer at something, the cause of the problem. Because is more general, used to talk about the problem


Both ‘because’ and ‘because of’ are used to introduce reasons. #GrammarTrivia

Because’ is a conjuction introducing clauses of cause and reason, followed by subject + verb. #GrammarTrivia

E.g.: The ceremony was moved indoor because it rained heavily. #GrammarTrivia

Meanwhile, ‘because of’ is a preposition, which also means ‘as a result of’. It’s generally followed by a noun or verb -ing. #GrammarTrivia

E.g.: Because of the heavy rain, the ceremony was moved to indoor. #GrammarTrivia

Now, let’s play a small game, fellas. Please fill in the blank with the correct one, ‘because’ or ‘because of’. #GrammarTrivia

  1. She fainted _______ her migraine. Because or because of? #GrammarTrivia
  2. The customers are demanding full refund _______ the products sold are fake. #GrammarTrivia
  3. ________ he rarely exercises, he feels exhausted all the time. #GrammarTrivia
  4. ________ the fast delivery, we tipped the pizza guy $50. #GrammarTrivia


I hope now ‘because’ and ‘because of’ are more clear for you.

The answers:

  1. Because of
  2. Because
  3. Because
  4. Because of #GrammarTrivia



@englishtips4u just want to remind a simple thing. it is actually ‘Clearer’ not ‘more clear’, is’nt it ?

It’s a special case with clear; both clearer and more clear can be used, although clearer is more common. Thanks :)


Okay, fellas, any suggestions, questions, comments, and ideas are always welcome. Mention us or visit

Thank you for having me! Have a good night, everyone! See you tomorrow!!


Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 25 July, 2016.

#EngTrivia: Gotta and Gonna

Good evening, fellas! How are you doing?

For the last couple of weeks, we saw one of the most iconic games in the 90’s return with a smash. Can you guess what it is?

It’s Pokemon!



As a young English learner, I was particularly interested with the ‘Gotta Catch ‘Em All!’ part, and that is what we’re going to discuss.

I was referring to ‘gotta’, which will be the topic of today’s #EngTrivia, as well as ‘gonna’. Could you help telling the difference?

Miftahur Rohmah ‏@Krisan_Dalisha  18 Jul

@englishtips4u “gotta = got to”, however “gonna = going to”.


Both ‘gotta’ and ‘gonna’ are slang words, and should be used in informal conversation only. #EngTrivia

‘Gotta’ is short of ‘got to’ and ‘gonna’ is short of ‘going to’ so the verb following them should be infinitive verb (verb 1). #EngTrivia

Furthermore, as ‘gonna’ is composed of ‘going to’, it will always need ‘to be’. #EngTrivia

Now, would you give some examples, fellas? #EngTrivia


atul ‏@lailatulfits  18 JulPakis, Indonesia

@EnglishTips4U I’m gonna do it later


E.g.: I gotta go shopping. I’m gonna go shopping. #EngTrivia


All right, fellas, today’s #EngTrivia is a wrap! Thank you for joining. You can always check our past sessions at If you have any suggestion or any English related questions, just tweet us!

Good night, fellas!


Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 18 July, 2016.

#EngGrammar: Shall and Should

Hi, what’s up, fellas? How was your holiday? I hope you return with a great spirit.

I remember last week we talked about the difference between ‘will’ and ‘would’ and when they are used.

If you missed last week’s session, you can check it here.

This week, we’re going to continue with ‘shall’ and ‘should’. Shall we begin? #EngGrammar

For a start, ‘shall’ is often used as a modal to describe what one will do in the future, particularly with the subject ‘I’ and ‘we’. #EngGrammar

Even though ‘will’ is more commonly used now, with all subjects, ‘shall’ is still used a lot in some contexts. #EngGrammar

We use ‘shall’ when we are expressing a strong intention. E.g.: I shall speak with the professor about my theses tomorrow. #EngGrammar

We also use ‘shall’ for something that must happen. E.g.: We are brothers. We shall help each other. #EngGrammar

For the phrase ‘let’s’, ‘shall we’ is used as its question tag. E.g.: Let’s discuss this over coffee, shall we? #EngGrammar

P.S.: The question tag for ‘shall’ is ‘shan’t’. E.g.: We shall go to the hospital, shan’t we? #EngGrammar

The phrase ‘shall we’ is also used to imply that something is to be done and all sides that are covered by ‘we’ have been ready. E.g.: Shall we start the meeting? #EngGrammar

Lastly, ‘shall’ is used in legal English to state that one ‘has legal duty to’. E.g.: Party B shall settle the payment via cash. #EngGrammar

Now, let’s move on to ‘should’. #EngGrammar

Even though ‘should’ is the past form of ‘shall’, its uses are not limited to past events. #EngGrammar

We often use ‘should’ for voicing out opinion or personal recommendation. E.g.: I think you should see the doctor. You really look pale. #EngGrammar

Similar to previous meaning, ‘should’ is also used to ask somebody’s opinion. E.g.: I really have trouble sleeping. What should I do? #EngGrammar

Just as ‘shall’ to ‘will’, ‘should’ can be also used to replace ‘would’ for subject ‘I’ and ‘we’. E.g.: I should like to watch you perform. #EngGrammar

Describing something that we wish had happened but it didn’t? Use ‘should’. E.g.: You should have arrived the day before Eid. What happened? #EngGrammar

‘Should’ is also used to describe something that is expected. E.g.: Everyone should gather at the main hall by 8 o’clock. #EngGrammar

The last but not least, ‘should’ is used to express conditions or consequences. E.g.: Please do not hesitate to contact us should you require further assistance. #EngGrammar

In conclusion, using ‘shall’ delivers a stronger, more formal, and more definite message, while ‘should’ expresses moral obligation, and a more conditional act or state. #EngGrammar


There you go, fellas! Should there be any questions, comments, or suggestions, tweet us or drop them at

Thank you for having me, fellas! Hopefully today’s #EngGrammar is useful for you. See you tomorrow! Bye!


Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 11 July, 2016.

#EngGrammar: Will and Would

Hi, fellas! How are you today?

I hope you are all well. Today, I’d like to share the use of will and would. #EngGrammar

‘Will’ is used to describe that something is going to happen in the future and ‘would’ is the past form of ‘will’. #EngGrammar

But, is that the only distinction, fellas? #EngGrammar

‘Will’ is often used for more definite action. E.g.: The test result will be out tomorrow. #EngGrammar

‘Would’ is used in more hypothetical situation. E.g.: If he departed earlier, he would be able to arrive on time. #EngGrammar

‘Would’ is also used to describe preferences. E.g.: I would rather have a pet dog than a cat. #EngGrammar

If you need to sound more polite, ‘would’ is also a better choice of word. E.g.: Would you mind waiting here for a moment? #EngGrammar

The last but not least, ‘would’ is used more in a routine that is possible to change. E.g.: Normally, we would work until 6 PM. But since it’s ‘malam takbiran’, we will finish at 5. #EngGrammar

All right, fellas, that’s all I can share for today’s #EngGrammar. I hope you found it useful.

Some of you might have been on your way in ‘mudik’ or homecoming trip. Stay safe, fellas, and be well.

Wish you a great time during Eid al-Fitr holiday. Don’t forget to check our timeline or  for daily dose of English.

Have a good rest. Bye, bye!


Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 4 July, 2016.

#EngTrivia: It’s/That’s a given

In this occassion, I’d like to share about an expression used to state the obvious.

Let’s say you are talking to a fellow Game of Thrones fans.

  • You: “Ramsay Bolton is so evil. No wonder everyone hates him.”
  • Friend: “Yeah, that’s a given. He’s a psychopath.”

Yep, the expression is, “It’s/that’s a given.”

It’s/that’s a given‘ is often used to describe something that’s obviously true and not expected to change soon. The expression is synonymous with;

  • ‘everyone knows,’
  • ‘it goes without saying’ and
  • ‘there’s no denying.’


Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, June 27, 2016


Related post(s):



#EngQuiz: Commonly mispronounced words

Choose the right pronunciation for the words on the questions.

Let’s start!

1. Determine:
2. Doubt:
3. Bear:
4. Sword:
5. Angle:
6. Castle:
7. Would:
8. Duty:


For more information on how to correctly pronounce the words listed above, head over to our post: #EngTrivia: Commonly mispronounced words

Compiled and written by @waitatiri at @EnglishTips4U on Wednesday, June 28, 2016


Related post(s):


#EngQAs: Grammar (4)

Hi, fellas!! How are you doing? I hope you are doing well.

We are going to hold a Q&A session. Tweet us with any questions related to learning English using the tag #EngQAs

We’re going to choose three questions be discussed. So if you have any doubts in learning English, let us know. #EngQAs



@EnglishTips4U Which one is correct: They like to go swimming or They like going swimming or they like going to swim??? #EngQAs


The three of them can be used, but the first and second sentences are more commonly used. #EngQAs

‘To like + verb -ing’ in the second sentence has a meaning that the subject generally enjoy activity. #EngQAs

While the first and the third sentence mean the subject might not enjoy doing the activity but want to do it. #EngQAs


If there’s no more question, fellas, I’d like to wrap up today’s #EngQAs! Thank you for being with me.

Visit our timeline and our site,, for more topics related to learning English. Have a good rest, fellas! Bye bye!!


Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 20 June, 2016.

#EngGame: Personality Traits

Hello, fellas! Congratulations for making it through Monday, especially for you who are fasting.

Often when we’re applying for a new job or preparing to enroll into the university, we are required to take psychological test.

The test result shows many things, including our personality traits. Today, we’re going to exercise with some words related to ‘traits’.

I’m going to tweet some incomplete words. You will need to guess it based on the clues. Ready? #EngGame

  1. S _ _ _ _ s t _ _ m
    Confidence in one’s own worth. #EngGame
  1. _ _ p _ _ hy
    The ability to understand and share others’ feelings. #EngGame
  1. O _ e _ n _ ss
    Synonymous to candor. #EngGame
  1. _ _ gr _ s _ i _ n
    Hostile attitude towards another. #EngGame
  1. R _ g _ d _ _ y
    Difficulty in making transitions. #EngGame
  1. A _ r _ _ _ b _ e
    Compliant and cooperative. #EngGame
  1. _ m _ i _ _ _ _ us
    Having/showing strong desire and determination to succeed. #EngGame
  1. R _ s _ _ v _ d
    Seldom showing emotion or stating opinion. #EngGame
  1. _ _ bi _ e _ t
    A person with balanced extroversion and introversion. #EngGame
  1. _ _ si _ ht _ _ l
    Having/showing an accurate or deep understanding. #EngGame



  1. Self-esteem
  2. Empathy
  3. Openness
  4. Aggression
  5. Rigidity
  6. Agreeable
  7. Ambitious
  8. Reserved
  9. Ambivert
  10. Insightful


There they are, fellas! The idea of the game is brushing up our vocab while having fun, so don’t worry if your answers are not retweeted.

If you miss out any of our daily sessions, simply visit our site,

I have to say bye for now. Have a good rest and a nice dream, fellas! Good night!


Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 13 June, 2016.

#EngTrivia: Loose, Lose, Loss

Hi, fellas! How was your day? How was your first day of fasting?

I’m sure you can go well through Ramadhan. We meet again today to discuss three words so similar to one another. #EngTrivia

They are ‘loose’, ‘lose’, and ‘loss’. Can anyone help me telling the difference, fellas? #EngTrivia

Jack Alesson ‏@JackCharlez  6 Jun

@EnglishTips4U adj, verb,noun.

jeonnie ‏@deathbatsbrn  6 Jun

@EnglishTips4U loose = unattached (adj) lose = fail to win (v) loss = losing something (n)


First, let’s begin with ‘loose’. Pronounced \ˈlüs\, it can function both as adjective and verb. #EngTrivia

As adjective, ‘loose’ means not tightly fixed, easy to detach. E.g.: I like sleeping in loose T-shirt. #EngTrivia

As a verb, it means to set free or to release. E.g.: The shelter dogs look so happy since the first time they were loosed. #EngTrivia


Our second word, ‘lose’, is a verb and pronounced \ˈlüz\. It means fail to win, keep, or hold on to something. #EngTrivia

E.g.: If Real Madrid does not win the UEFA Champion’s League, I’ll lose hefty amount of money to Adam. #EngTrivia


Now, our third one, ‘loss’, is a noun. Pronounced \ˈlȯs\, it relates to a feeling of having something or someone gone. #EngTrivia

It can also mean that the money spent or invested is larger than the amount earned or received. #EngTrivia

E.g.: The loss of her father was devastating. #EngTrivia

E.g.: Under the new GM, the company has never experienced loss in the past couple of years. #EngTrivia


Would you like to also make a sentence or two using one of the words, fellas? Tweet us with the hashtag #EngTrivia.


Remember, fellas, any questions, feedbacks, comments, and suggestions are always welcome. Tweet us or visit our site

Thank you very much for having me. We’ll meet again tomorrow. Good luck with the fasting, fellas! #Ramadhan Kareem. Bye, bye!


Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 6 June, 2016.

#EngVocab: Kingdom

Hi, fellas! How was your day?

I’m glad that you had a good one. If you did not, don’t worry, tomorrow it will be better.

So, I have been spending the past few days re-watching old episodes of #GameOfThrones. Are you fans, too, fellas? I thought it’d be good if we made a session of vocabs related to a kingdom, which are used a lot in the series.

However, today’s #EngVocab will be a little bit different. I’ll tweet some words and you’ll guess what they are using the provided clues.

Are you ready?

1. Re _ _ m (noun).
Synonymous to ‘kingdom’. #EngVocab

2. _ o v _ r _ _ g n (adjective).
Possessing supreme power. #EngVocab

3. _ o n a _ _ h (noun).
Head of state. #EngVocab

4. He _ _ (noun).
A person who inherits something. #EngVocab

5. _ _ i _ h t (noun).
A mounted soldier in armor. #EngVocab

6. D _ t _ _ o _ e (verb).
Remove a ruler from power. #EngVocab

7. _ _ _ s t _ c r _ c _ (noun).
The highest class in certain society. #EngVocab

8. C h _ t e _ _ (noun).
A large French country house or castle. #EngVocab

9. _ o _ r t (noun).
A royal household. #EngVocab

10. E _ _ _ r e (noun).
An extensive group of states or countries under a single supreme authority. #EngVocab


All right, fellas! Those are ten words that you need to guess. I’ll be back in a while to retweet the answers. For your correct answers to be retweeted, your account should be set as public, not private.


  1. Realm
  2. Sovereign
  3. Monarch
  4. Heir
  5. Knight
  6. Dethrone
  7. Aristocracy
  8. Chateau
  9. Court
  10. Empire


I hope you got all answers right. Stay tuned to our timeline for games, quizzes, and other interesting topics, fellas! Don’t forget to leave your comments and suggestion at our site, They are most appreciated :)

Tomorrow, we’ll talk about movies and series. Which one do you prefer? Let us know!

Thank you very much for participating. Have a good rest, fellas! See you tomorrow!


Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 30 May, 2016.

#EngTrivia: Commonly mispronounced words

Sometimes while we’re reading, we find a new word which we don’t know how to pronounce, at least until we check the dictionary or consult our teachers. In this article, we are going to discuss several commonly mispronounced words.

  1. Buffet.
    • We, in Indonesia, often mispronounce this word as ‘boo-fet,’ while the correct pronunciation is ‘bəˈfā’ (buh-fé).
  2. Ibiza.
    • It’s pronounced ‘ee-bee-tha’ instead of ‘ee-bee-tza.’
  3. Determine.
    • I often mispronounce this word, too. I say ‘dee-ter-mine’ while the correct pronunciation is ‘dee-ter-meen.’
  4. Doubt and debt.
    • The letter ‘b’ in both words is silent, so the words are pronounced ‘dout’ and ‘det.’
  5. Bear.
    • It’s pronounced ‘be(ə)r’ instead of ‘beer’ (drink).
  6. Duty.
    • The correct pronunciation is ‘d(y)o͞otē,’ not ‘duh-tee.’
  7. Sword.
    • The word has silent ‘w’, and it’s pronounced ‘sôrd.’
  8. Angle.
    • The word is pronounced ‘aNGgəl’ not to be confused with ‘angel (ānjəl).
  9. Would, should, could.
    • Again, the ‘l’ is silent, so the words are pronounced ‘wood’, ‘shood’, and ‘kood.
  10. Castle.
    • Instead of ‘kastel’, the word is pronounced ‘kasəl.’

There you go, fellas! Albeit being a short one, I hope this #EngTrivia article is useful for you. Whenever you learn a new word, learn also how to pronounce it correctly so your interlocutor can understand you perfectly. Thank you very much for reading this article!

Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, May 23, 2016

Related post(s):


#EngTrivia: The use of ‘then’ and ‘with’

In this article, we’re going to discuss the use of ‘then’ and ‘with’ in a sentence. Before we get to how the words are used, let’s check out their meaning. We’ll start with ‘then.’


The word ‘then’ has three kinds of meaning.

First, it means ‘at that time.’ Example:

  • “Our family moved to the US fifteen years ago. I was just three years old then.”
  • “We can’t leave for the cinema at 9PM. By then, the movie will have finished.”

Secondly, ‘then’ is used to indicate what will happen next, what is next in a series, and what is in addition to the main item. Example:

  • “He blinked silently for a moment, and then roared with laughter.”
  • “The professor gave us too many assignments. First, the 1,000-word essay, and then a pile of books to read.”
  • “You can’t let a 14-year-old kid drive to school. It’s dangerous. And then, he’s not of age yet.”

Next, ‘then’ means ‘in that case,’ ‘according to that,’ and ‘as it appears.’ ‘Then’ is used after ‘but’ to qualify previous statement, and indicates necessary consequences. Example:

  • “Wear my jacket, then. It’s too cold.”
  • “He preferred taking an internship at local government office rather than going to university this year. He made up his mind, then.”
  • “He drove under influence on Saturday night and hit another vehicle. The cause of the accident, then, is established.”
  • “She got terrible grades in Math, but then again she was never interested with the subject.”
  • “If the data entry was correct, then system would automatically give you the right answer.”


Now, on to ‘with.’ The word indicates people or things are together in one place, two or more people doing something together, and used to describe someone or something having a particular characteristic, possession, etc. Example:

  • “The copy is saved with the original document.”
  • “Whom are you travelling with?”
  • “I came to realise she’s somebody I need to be with.” Alternative: “I came to realize I need to be with somebody like her.”
  • “I haven’t seen Mia for two days. I think she’s still down with the fever.”
  • “Have you seen my dog? It’s a pitbull with brown fur, blue collar, and eyes that can melt your heart.”


Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Tuesday, May 17, 2016


Related post(s):



#EngGame: Musical Concert

Good evening, fellas! Hope you had an amazing day!

We are going to play an #EngGame today! I’ll tweet words with scrambled letters, and you’re going to guess what the words are.

Clue: they are all related to concert. Are you ready? #EngGame

1. P-S-A-R-E   G-E-T-N-C-E-S-E
The ability to get the audience’s attention. #EngGame

2. K-I-O-R-O-E
A newcomer. #EngGame

3. A-T-N   P-O-C-G-I-N-E
An entertainment act who performs before the headliner. #EngGame

4. P-O-S-H   T-I-M
An act of pushing or slamming into one another in certain area at a concert. #EngGame

5. D-I-R-E-R
A list of requests or demands that a performer sets as criteria for performance. #EngGame

6. P-C-Y-L   S-I-N
Miming the lyrics to a pre-recorded song or vocals. #EngGame

7. S-E-N-M-L-E-B-E
A group of musicians performing together. #EngGame

8. C-U-R-F-R   D-W-I-G-O-N-S
Passing somebody overhead from person to person (pic from Pinterest). #EngGame

Crowd Surfing.jpg


9. A-L-I-F-E-N
The last part of a performance, normally dramatic or exciting. #EngGame

10. C-O-R-E-E-N
Repeated or additional part of a performance, usually called for by the audience. #EngGame


All right, fellas! Those are our questions. I’ll be back in 10 minutes to retweet the correct answers. Stay tuned! #EngGame

I’m back!! Before I start with the answers, did you know that the biggest concert to date had 3.5 million attendees? That. Was. Massive.

Now to the answers. #EngGame


  1. Stage presence
  2. Rookie
  3. Opening act
  4. Mosh pit
  5. Rider
  6. Lip sync
  7. Ensemble
  8. Crowd surfing
  9. Finale
  10. Encore


There you go, fellas! Don’t be discouraged if your answers were not retweeted. You can always join another #EngGame.

Tomorrow, we’re going to discuss something that came to our inbox: the use of ‘then’ and ‘with’ in a sentence.

Remember when you’re scrolling through our timeline or browsing at, you’re totally welcome to drop any comments, suggestions, or questions related to learning English.

Thank you so much for joining today’s #EngGame!! I hope you had as much fun as I did :))

Good night, fellas! Goodbye!


Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 16 May, 2016.

#EngQuiz: Choose the Correct One

Good evening, fellas! How are you today? I hope your day went well.

Today, we will have a session of #EngQuiz! I will tweet some sentences, and you should fill the blank with the correct word.

I will provide three options and you should choose the correct one between them. Are you ready? #EngQuiz

1. A trip to see Komodo dragon I did last year still _____ me. #EngQuiz
(a) amazes
(b) amazed
(c) amazing

2. I ___ there with some friends. #EngQuiz
(a) go
(b) was going
(c) went

3. We took a flight to Labuan Bajo very early ___ the morning. #EngQuiz
(a) in
(b) on
(c) at

4. ___ hour and ___ half later, we landed. #EngQuiz
(a) a, a
(b) an, a
(c) a, an

5. And ___, we continued by boat to Rinca island. It’s where the komodo can be found. #EngQuiz
(a) then
(b) than
(c) there

6. We did small hiking in the island, ____ the dragon. #EngQuiz
(a) seeking
(b) seeing
(c) seeping

7. The komodo dragons we saw were almost gigantic. They were about two or three-meter ____. #EngQuiz
(a) short
(b) tall
(c) long

8. They were also very ____, especially in a prowl. #EngQuiz
(a) quite
(b) quiet
(c) quit

9. _____ were advised to always be on their guard. #EngQuiz
(a) guests
(b) quests
(c) guesses

10. It was ___ unique experience for me. #EngQuiz
(a) a
(b) an
(c) the


There you go, fellas! You still have 15 minutes to answer all questions before I’m back with the answers. #EngQuiz

I will retweet some correct answers, but first please make sure your account is not set as private.

  1. (a) amazes. The trip was done the previous year, but the effect can still be felt. #EngQuiz
  2. (c) went. Since the trip was done in the past, the correct form is ‘went’. #EngQuiz
  3. (a) in. #EngQuiz
  4. (b) an hour and a half. The ‘h’ in hour is silent, while the ‘h’ in half is not. #EngQuiz
  5. (a) then. Please be careful of using ‘then’ and ‘than’, fellas. #EngQuiz
  6. (a) seeking. It was meant to be the synonym of ‘searching’. #EngQuiz
  7. (c) long. It’s not short because of the size and not tall either because the komodo’s not standing. #EngQuiz
  8. (b) quiet. Please be reminded the one synonymous with ‘silent’ is ‘quiet’, instead of ‘quite’. #EngQuiz
  9. (a) guests, synonymous with visitors, while quest means pursuit, and guess means suspect. #EngQuiz
  10. (a) a unique. Although the word ‘unique’ starts with vowel, it makes consonantal sound. It’s the same as ‘unicorn’ or ‘uniform’. #EngQuiz


I saw so many of you got the answers right. Keep up the good work, fellas! But if you think you still need improvement, no worries, we’re here to help you learn. Browse our past topics and more English materials in our site, . Don’t hesitate to drop your comments or suggestion.

Thanks so much for joining today’s #EngQuiz! There were approximately 200 answers in, and I wish I could retweet every single one of them.

See you tomorrow, fellas! Have a good rest! Bye!!


Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 9 May, 2016.

#EngVocab: Musical Concert

Hello, fellas!! How are you?

Dry season is approaching for us in Indonesia, and it means a lot of wonderful things to happen soon.

One of them is musical concert or music festival. Are you a concert enthusiast, too, fellas? :))

Now, before we attend a concert of our favourite singer or musician, let’s have a look to some vocabs related to musical concert. #EngVocab

Early bird ticket (n.) is ticket sold way before D-day with discounted price to ensure more people will attend a musical event. #EngVocab

General Admission/GA (n.) refers to seating or standing area that’s occupied on first-come first-served basis or not reserved. #EngVocab

Early entry ticket (n.) means the holder should enter the venue and register before certain time. #EngVocab

(Come) rain or shine means the event will keep going on and not depend on the weather condition. #EngVocab

Line up (n.) refers to a list of various musicians or singers who are going to perform at the event. #EngVocab

Headline (n.) is a performer who is considered as the highlight of the event. #EngVocab

VIP (Very Important Person) (n.) means attendee who spends more to get specifically assigned space and other benefits. #EngVocab

Stage fright (n.) is a fear of public speaking or performance. #EngVocab

Stage diving (n.) is an act of leaping from the stage onto the crowd. Pic from unsignedtopchartsdotcom #EngVocab

Stage diving.jpg


Set list/setlist (n.) is a list of songs or numbers a musician or singer will play or sing during the concert. #EngVocab


All right, fellas! Those are some words and phrases that we usually hear around a musical event. #EngVocab

Thank you for having joined today’s session! If you missed it, you can scroll down our timeline or visit

Have a good night, fellas! See you tomorrow!!


Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 2 May, 2016.

#EngQAs 25 April, 2016

Hi, fellas! How are you today? I hope you’re all well.

Tonight, I’ll open a Q&A session. Mention us with any questions related to learning English. #EngQAs

I’ll pick 3 questions for us to discuss (or more, should the time allow). Tweet us with the hashtag #EngQAs.

Let’s start with this question. Which is correct: an unique or a unique? #EngQAs

sndryn @grizzpo

@englishtips4u which one is correct : an unique or a unique ? #EngQAs


The word ‘unique’, same as ‘uniform’ or ‘unicorn’, begins with a palatal approximant /j/, which is a consonantal sound, even though it starts with a vowel. Thus, the correct article is ‘a’. #EngQAs

It depends on the sound the word makes. Thanks for your question! :)

sndryn @grizzpo

@englishtips4u got it! thankyou for the answers


This is our second question. Any tips, fellas?
student life @enthotimus
@EnglishTips4U #EngQAs wondering how to check our writing when no one could be our proofreader, checking the style i mean, not about grammar


I’ll start with putting the text aside for a while (10 or 15 minutes). Some distance will give us a new point of view about it @enthotimus #EngQAs.

Next, it’s recommended to eliminate some unnecessary words. For example, see if you’ve written too many the’s or of’s. @enthotimus #EngQAs.

You should also know what to look for. From your past writings, see what mistakes you tend to make. It could be monotonous text, ambiguous sentences, or repetitive words. @enthotimus #EngQAs

The last but not least, read the text aloud. This is especially helpful for spotting run-on sentences. You’ll also hear other problems that you might not see when reading silently. That’s what I can share, @enthotimus!! Hope it helps. #EngQAs


All right, fellas, if there’s no more question, I’ll wrap up today’s #EngQAs. Thank you very much for joining.

student life ‏@enthotimus  Apr 25

@EnglishTips4U thanks, as always your tweets are enlightening, keep sharing guys, cheers

Have a good night and a good rest, fellas! See you!


Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 25 April, 2016.

#EngKnowledge: Spoilers (and why they’re disliked)

In this occassion, we’re going to talk about spoilers. I trust you’re familiar with the word. Now, is it just me who think that spoilers are annoying?

A spoiler is an element which threatens to give away important details concerning the turn of events in any fictional work. Normally, the details of the conclusion of a story’s plot, such as the climax or ending, are considered as spoilers.

Now, it’s understandable that after enjoying a thrilling movie, book, or TV series, we want to share the excitement. For example, you just saw the Batman vs. Superman and you wanted to share your enjoyment with fellow fans. At the same time, the more words spread about the movie could mean the bigger chance of more people want to see it. In that case, it should benefit the movie, no?

However, I think the most interesting part of enjoying a fictional work is getting surprised by the turn of events. That’s why, some people, including me, dislike spoilers. We just don’t want the surprise ruined.

How about you, fellas? Spoilers, liked or disliked?

“yes if it comes with too much details.” – @chisselicious

“yeah, me too.” – Rony Rahmatullah ‏@ronyyrahm

snap:ricardolsilva ‏@ricardorocky  18 Apr

“Here in Brazil there are magazines to inform spoiler what going to happen in soap opera. Maybe is cultural in some countries.” – snap:ricardolsilva ‏@ricardorocky

“Definitely no for spoilers. They ruin my wild imagination.” – rosita ‏@rosreads

“DISLIKED” – アイダ ‏@aifadafaa

“for some reason, I do need spoilers to share about it. Because there are a few of unexpected scenes that we can’t guess b4.” – Ahmad Ade Syabihis ‏@Ahmadade_

It’s a common knowledge in the internet that before posting something that might contain spoiler, we should begin with ‘Spoiler Alert’ or ‘Major Spoiler Alert’ or ‘Warning: Contains Heavy Spoiler’. This way, other internet users are given choices if they would like to continue reading the post or not.

However, it gets trickier when we are talking face to face. I normally start by asking, “Do you want me to spoil it or not?” If my friend says no, I shut it immediately.

“Hello friends, I’m agree with you, spoilers aren’t good to enjoy the history of tale, movie or something like that.” – Halejito Hescobar ‏@halejogars

” “Me too.” – diankape ‏@dekaryapa

 “Disliked. But for some people, they got some satisfaction because they feels like “I know much more than you”. Meh!” – Fauzi Soemantri ‏@Kido26

“Depend. I only accept spoilers when i ask them for it, if i didnt ask, so please dont tell me anything. :D.” – Nuniek Sudiningsih ‏@nuniek52

“I like when people spoil the major details :D it’s enticing to learn about the minor details after.” – Sarah Assegaf ‏@sarahshahnaz

“I hate it, it always ruins the fun!” – Yoza Anshori ‏@masyoza

All right, fellas! Let us conclude our #EngKnowledge discussion by realising that we all like teasers, just a little bit, to entice but not reveal too many details. When in doubt, I think it’s safe to say, “Go watch the movie/read the book.” Thank you for sharing your views on spoilers!


Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 18 April, 2016

Related post(s):