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#GrammarTrivia: ‘Good’ vs. ‘well’

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When we meet somebody, we frequently ask or are asked how we are doing. To those questions, we often response with, “I’m good” or “I’m well.”

You might have wondered which one of those phrases is correct.

In this #GrammarTrivia article, we are going to discuss when to use ‘good’ and ‘well.’


Describing ‘good’ and ‘well’

‘Good’ is an adjective. We use it to describe noun as ‘pleasing’ or ‘of acceptable quality.’


  • “This sandwich is really good.”

‘Well’ is an adverb, used to describe an action that is done in a pleasing way.


  • “Jonah plays the violin really well.”

Thus, when telling about an event or action, we use ‘well.’

More examples:

  • “My day had been going so well prior to her call.”
  • “I get along well with my colleagues.”
  • “You sing very well.”


‘Good’ as adverb

What could be a little confusing now, fellas, is that ‘good’ can also work as adverb in informal speech or writing.

For example:

  • “The prescription works good with my diet. The new trainee is doing really good. “(informal)

However, please be reminded that the above sentence is informal. For formal use, ‘well’ will fit better.

For example:

  • “The prescription works good with my diet. The new trainee is doing really well. “(formal)


‘Well’ as adjective

At the same time, using ‘well’ as an adjective can also be acceptable. For example, somebody is asking us about how we feel after we recover from an illness.

Q: How are you? I heard you were admitted to the hospital.
A: I’m well now, thank you very much. Just a bad case of dehydration.

In this context, using “I’m well” is more suitable since it is more specific than ‘good,’ indicating that the speaker is in good health condition.


Is there any other examples in which ‘good’ and ‘well’ confuse you, fellas? Feel free to drop a comment!


Compiled and written by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 29 August, 2016


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#GrammarTrivia: ‘I’ and ‘me’

“Me and my friends went to local art festival yesterday. It was such an amazing experience for my friends and I.”

What do you think about the two sentences mentioned above? Are they grammatically correct? Although they don’t sound too weird, they are incorrect.

Both ‘I’ and ‘me’ are first person singular pronouns. It means both of them are used when a person refers to himself or herself.

What’s the difference, then?

  • ‘I’ is the subject pronoun. It’s used for the one doing the verb.
  • Meanwhile, ‘me’ is the object pronoun. It’s used as an object of the action of the verb.

Let’s try to use them in a sentence:

  • I wanted to go to business school but my mom asked me to go to medical school instead.”

It sounds too easy, doesn’t it? However, it gets a bit trickier when another subject/object is added to the context.


  • You and I should get dinner tonight.”
  • “That is a bad idea for you and me.”

The easiest way to determine the right form of pronoun is to remove the other subject/object and leave the ‘I/me’ intact.


  • I should get dinner tonight.” (correct)
  • “That is a bad idea for me.” (correct)


Let’s have a little bit of practice now, shall we?

1. (me/I) played soccer on a concrete field but then (me/I) fell. Now the bruise is killing (me/I).
I – me – me
I – me – I
I – I – me
I – I – I
2. She and (me/I) will go to the bookstore tomorrow. The teacher told her and (me/I) to do some research on Western Culture.
I – I
I – me
me – I
me – me
3. Saras and (me/I) got C on Advanced Calculus last semester. It was devastating for (me/I) and Saras.
me – me
I – I
me – I
I – me

Compiled and written by @bintilvice for @EnglishTips4U on Friday, September 9, 2016


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#EngTrivia: Random facts about Ramadhan

Hello, fellas! How are you today? Got any good news to share? Anyway, in less than two weeks, Ramadan will come to an end. I really don’t know what to feel about that.

But I think it’s not too late to share some random facts about Ramadan from all over the world. Today I will share some random facts about Ramadhan! Feel free to chime in at any time!

  1. In Indonesia, the time from Fajr until Iftar is approximately 13 hours. While in the Scandinavia, it takes as long as 21 hours!
  2. While in Argentina and Chile, fasting only lasts for about 9 hours.
  3. In Saudi Arabia, Iftar is completely free in Masjid al-Haram. The government and the donors have to provide at least USD 134.000 every day! It’s about 1.8 billion in Rupiah.
  4. Many countries have their own special menu for iftar, but dates are universally the fast-breaking food of choice.
  5. Because of the difference between Hijri year and the traditional solar year, Ramadan falls earlier each year.
  6. Most dieticians would agree that fasting is not an effective diet plan. The slow metabolism often gives way to binge eating at night.
  7. In certain countries, Muslims that are caught not fasting during Ramadhan can be sentenced to time in prison!

Well, I guess that’s it for now, Fellas! See ya!

Compiled and written by @bintilvice for @EnglishTips4U on Friday, June 24, 2016

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#GrammarTrivia: Non-continuous verbs

Just like our days, English verbs are not all the same either. They are usually divided into 3 groups. One of the groups is called non-continuous verbs or stative verbs. Anyone knows any of these verbs?

A stative verb is one that describes a state of being, in contrast to a dynamic verb which describes an action. These verbs are usually the things you cannot see in someone.

Stative verbs include:

  • Abstract verbs, for example to be, to want, to cost, to seem, to need, to care, to contain, to owe, to exist, etc.
  • Possession verbs, like to possess, to own, to belong, etc.
  • Emotion verbs, such as to like, to love, to hate, to dislike, to fear, to envy, to mind, etc.

Stative verbs are rarely used in continuous/progressive tenses.

  • Example:
    • “John knows the answer,” not “John is knowing the answer.”
    • “He wants a drink now,” not “He is wanting a drink now.”

That’s it for this session. Don’t miss our upcoming sessions.


Compiled and written by @EnglishTips4U for @EnglishTips4U on Wednesday, 3 February, 2016

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#EngTrivia: English fun facts (6)

  1. ‘E’ is the most commonly used letter in the English language.
  2. The longest English word that can be spelled without repeating any letters is ‘uncopyrightable.’
  3. The following sentence contains 7 different spellings of the sound: He believed Caesar could see people seizing the sea.
  4. ‘Queueing’ is the only word with five consecutive vowels (five vowels in a row).
  5. Due to a printing error, there was a word in the English dictionary from 1932 to 1940 which did not have a meaning. The word was Dord and it became known as ‘ghost word.’


Compiled written by @EnglishTips4U for @EnglishTips4U on Wednesday, 27 January, 2016


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#EngTrivia: Colors meaning

Fellas, do you know that every color has different meaning? In this article, I’d like to share some trivia about colors and their meaning.

1. Red

It is used for stop signs, danger signals, and brake lights because it has excellent visibility in darkness. Red has a stimulating effect that may cause restlessness and insomnia if used in bedrooms.

Phrases example:

  • ‘paint the town red,’ ‘red-neck,’ ‘not worth a red cent,’ ‘caught red-handed,’ ‘red-carpet treatment.’

2. Yellow

It has good visibility qualities, thus it’s used as “caution sign”, such as in traffic light and traffic-lane dividers. In 10th-century France, the doors of felons, traitors, and criminals were painted yellow. It is also a suitable color for a studying room because it has a stimulating effect on the mind.

Phrases example:

  • ‘Yellow fever,’ ‘yellow journalism,’ ‘yellow streak down your back,’ ‘yellow (cowardly).’

3. White

It is a mixture of all colors. It symbolizes purity, joy, and innocence. Therefore angels were always dressed in white. It reflects heat thus it is often worn in hot climates.

Phrases example:

  • ‘White Christmas,’ ‘white elephant,’ ‘dead white,’ ‘whitewash,’ ‘white collar,’ ‘white lies,’ ‘white lightning.’

4. Blue

It is most associated with air mail and the navy. Blue is suitable for rooms which used for relaxation and rest, also it creates a feeling of space in a small room.

Phrases example:

  • ‘Feeling blue,’ ‘singing the blues,’ ‘once in a blue moon,’ ‘blue blood,’ ‘blueprint,’ ‘Bluebird of Happiness.’

5. Black

It’s associated with death and mourning in almost every countries. Combination of black and yellow is used frequently on street signs as well as for advertising.

Phrases example:

  • ‘Black death,’ ‘Black Friday,’ ‘blackout,’ ‘black magic,’ ‘black as sin,’ ‘blacklist,’ ‘blackjack,’ ‘black market.’

What do you think of the trivia, fellas? Aren’t they interesting?

Compiled and written by @AnienditaR at @EnglishTips4u on Saturday, May 14, 2016

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#EngTrivia: English fun facts (5)

  1. The word ‘queue’ is pronounced the same way when the last 4 letters are removed. ‘Queue’ is pronounced (kyo͞o).
  2. There are more English words begin with the letter ‘S’ than with any other letter. Go check your dictionary, fellas!
  3. The word ‘mortgage’ comes from a French word that means ‘death contract.’ Mortgage = surat gadai
  4. ‘Time’ is the most commonly used noun in English.
  5. The shortest complete sentence in the English language is ‘go.’ So, let me say, “Go!”
  6. Phrases in English such as “long time no see,” “no go,” and “no can do” come from literal translation of Chinese phrases.
  7. The day after tomorrow is called ‘overmorrow.’ It’s rarely used nowadays tho.
  8. ‘Dreamt’ and its derivatives are the only common English words that end in ‘mt.’
  9. The word ‘idiot,’ ‘imbecile,’ and ‘moron’ were originally medical categories for intellectual disability.
  10. English words ‘I,’ ‘we,’ ‘two,’ and ‘three’ are among the most ancient, from thousands of years.

Compiled and written by @miss_qiak for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, July 24, 2016


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#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


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#EngTrivia: Commonly confused words (2)

In this article, we will be sharing some commonly confused words.


  • Adverse. Meaning: unfavourable, harmful.
  • Averse. Meaning: strongly disliking; opposed.


  • Advice. Meaning: recommendations about what to do.
  • Advise. Meaning: to recommend something.


  • Affect. Meaning: to change or make a difference to.
  • Effect. Meaning: a result; to bring about a result.


  • Aisle. Meaning: a passage between rows of seats.
  • Isle. Meaning: an island.


  • Altar. Meaning: a sacred table in a church.
  • Alter. Meaning: to change.


  • Complement. Meaning: an addition that improves something.
  • Compliment. Meaning: to praise or express approval; an admiring remark.


  • Ensure. Meaning: to make certain that something will happen.
  • Insure. Meaning: to provide compensation if a person dies or property is damaged.


That’s all I can share for now, fellas. I hope this article could be useful for you!

Compiled and written by @waitatiri at @EnglishTips4U on Tuesday, July 5, 2016


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#EngTrivia: Altogether vs All Together

Aloha, fellas! How was your day? I’m so happy spending mine with some old friends. I hope you had an awesome one, too! :)

Tonight we’ll have an #EngTrivia session about one of English confusing word, all together vs altogether. Stay tuned, fellas! :)

First things first, I’ll share the definition to help you understand better.

Altogether means completely, entirely, or wholly.

“The map was €13.50 and the book was €5.25, so it was €18.75 altogether.”

All together means everyone or everything together.

“The countries’ people were standing all together against corruption.”

Altogether is an adverb meaning entirely. While all together is the appropriate phrase wherever “altogether” wouldn’t work.

Now I’ll give you some sentences for you to choose, whether it is all together or altogether, fits the sentence the best.

1. “Music is the most powerful form of communication in the world. It brings us (Altogether / All together)” -Sean Combs

Answer: all together

2. “It is easy for me to love myself, but for ladies to do it is another question (Altogether / All together)” -Johnny Vegas.

Answer: altogether

3. “Madness isn’t (Altogether / All together) a bad thing in comedy.” -Jo Brand.

Answer: altogether


Compiled and written by @AnienditaR at @EnglishTips4u on June 4, 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

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#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


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#EngTrivia: Leap Year

Hi, fellas! Happy 29th February!! #LeapDay

Today, we didn’t just see an extra day in Gregorian year 2016. Did you know that Leo DiCaprio also won his first Oscar? The 88th Academy Awards was actually held on 28 February, 2016, but for us living in the southern hemisphere, we saw it this morning. So, what do you think of the winners? I was hoping Mad Max: Fury Road or The Revenant would win the Best Picture.

Anyway, on this special occasion, I’d like to share some trivia related to leap year. Are you ready?

Leap Frog

  1. People who were born on 29 February are called leaplings or leapers.

  2. Frog is the animal most commonly associated with leap day or leap year.

  3. Although the designation of 29 February as Leap Day was done by the Romans, it was the ancient Egyptians who first found it.

  4. The inclusion of a leap day in years only divisible by four began in the 16th century. Divisible by four: 1988, 2000, 2016, etc.

  5. Greek couples consider getting married in a leap year will bring bad luck.

  6. On the contrary, in Ireland, women are traditionally encouraged to pursue the men they fancy in a leap year.

Right, there you go, fellas. Hope you had fun on this year’s leap day. Also, a very happy birthday for those who celebrated it today.

Thank you for joining today’s #EngTrivia!! We’d always like your comments, which you can drop via Twitter or . See you tomorrow, fellas! Bye!!

Compiled and written by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 29 February, 2016.



#EngTrivia: World Pistachio Day

So, today we are going to talk about one of my favorite snacks. Yes! Pistachio! Since today is World Pistachio Day! Okay, some of you might wonder what this “pistachio” is. Here’s a picture of it to jog your memory.


Yes, most of us called it “kacang arab.” We usually got it from those who went to Saudi Arabia for Hajj or Umrah. Pistachio is a small bushy tree native to the Middle East. Its fruit is similar to grape but it is the seed that is highly popular. Pistachio is considered very healthy. That is why there is a day to promote the consumption of this nut. Pistachio is a healthy snack for the diabetics. It also helps reduce the risk of cancers, obesity, and heart diseases.

Since the invention of pistachio-flavored ice cream in the 1940s, the consumption of this nut rises significantly. Most people usually enjoy it roasted or salted, but in India it is used to season rice or vegetables. So, looking for healthy and yummy snack? Try pistachio, fellas!

Compiled and written by @bintilvice for @EnglishTips4U on Friday, 26 February 2016.



#EngTrivia: Important phrases in an airport


This time, we are going to discuss some important phrases you might find in an airport.

You might find these phrases/questions important when you are planning to go abroad. Thus, mark them somewhere in case you need it someday so that you may prepare what to answer when asked.

Phrases when you check-in

  1. ‘Your passport and ticket, please.”
    Meaning: Toling perlihatkan tiket dan paspormu.
  2. “Are you checking-in any bags?”
    Meaning: Ada tas yang mau disimpan di bagasi pesawat?
  3. “Would you like a window or an aisle seat?”
    Meaning: Mau duduk di samping jendela atau di samping lorong?
  4. “There’s an excess baggage charge of $XX.”
    Meaning: Ada biaya kelebihan bagasi sebesar $XX.
  5. “Did you pack your bags yourself?”
    Meaning: Anda mengepak tas Anda sendiri?
  6. “Has anyone had access to your bags in the meantime?”
    Meaning: Ada yang membuka tas kamu beberapa saat lalu?
  7. “Do you have any liquids or sharp objects in your hand baggage?”
    Meaning: Ada cairan atau benda tajam di tas jinjing/backpackmu?

Phrases in security check area.

  1. “Could you put any metallic objects into the tray, please?”
    Meaning: Tolong letakkan semua barang berbahan metal di nampan/baki.
  2. “Please empty your pockets and put the contents in the tray.”
    Meaning: Kosongkan kantong Anda dan letakkan isinya di baki.
  3. Please take your laptop out of its case.”
    Meaning: Keluarkan laptop Anda dari tempat/tas/sarungnya.

That’s all. Hope they help you prepare your travel better. Bon voyage!



Compiled and written by @wisznu at @EnglishTips4u on Thursday, February 18, 2016

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#EngTrivia: Chinese New Year

Hi, fellas! Happy Chinese New Year! May blessings and prosperity be with you always!


I hope you had a wonderful Chinese New Year holiday. Did you get any hongbaos? The topic of this article will be on fun facts about the Chinese New Year. Are you ready?

  1. The 2567th Chinese Year, celebrated today, is the year of monkey, the 9th sign of 12-year cycle.
  2. The colour red is often seen during the celebration as it is considered auspicious and related to prosperity.
  3. Not less than 1/5 of the world population celebrate the Chinese New Year, and it is a public holiday in many Asian countries.
  4. In Indonesia Chinese New Year was not celebrated as a public holiday until 2003.
  5. The Chinese Year 2567 will last until 27 January 2017.
  6. People born in the year of monkey share the sign with Leonardo Da Vinci, Charles Dickens, Julius Caesar, and Daniel Craig.

Alright,  that’s what I can share for the time being.  You can check our website and find other interesting topics from past sessions. Don’t forget to drop your comments if you have any feedback!


Compiled and written by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, February 8, 2016

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#EngTrivia: The use of ‘may’ and ‘might’


Have you ever wondered the correct way to use ‘may’ and ‘might?’ Let’s have a discussion about it.


May is a modal verb. It is used to:

  1. say that something is possible (to happen).
    • Example:
      • He may be late.
  2. ask for permission.
    • Example:
      • May I use the phone?
  3. speculate about past activity.
    • Example:
      • She is late. She may have missed the bus.


Might is the past tense form of may. May and might are actually interchangeable in some forms of sentences. From the examples above we can switch the word ‘may’ into ‘might.’

  • He might be late.
  • Might I use the phone?
  • She was late. She might have missed the bus.

The use of ‘might’ shows the use of past tense. Don’t hesitate to use ‘may’ or ‘might’ in these situations because they basically have the same meaning.


Compiled and written by @iismail21 at @EnglishTips4u on Sunday, January 24, 2016


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#EngTrivia: English classics

During my time in college, I have read some of classic English literatures. In this post, I will share some of my favorites.

My most favorite book is 1984 by George Orwell. Written in 1948, he predicted what would happen in the future (negative utopia). My second favorite book is Animal Farm by George Orwell (1945). This book talks about the World War II in a unique way. Edgar Allan Poe’s works are also my favorite, especially The Black Cat and The Fall of The House of Usher.

There are still many books that extremely worth reading. Let me recommend some of them.

  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (1719)
  • Gulliver’s Travel by Jonathan Swift (1726)
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (1847)
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville (1851)
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (1861)
  • Huckelberry Finn by Mark Twain (1884)
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925)
  • Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (1925)

So, from all of the books I recommend, what have you read? Or maybe you have other recommended books, fellas?

Compiled and written on Sunday, January 10, 2016


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