To live in village or on country?

Speaking about someone from a rural area, should we rather say “he’s living in village” or “he’s living on country”? Country as a word has other meanings, such as the entity including the whole territory, so I’m cautious when this word is concerned. But that’s only my feeling, and I’m not a native speaker. Answer … Read more

When to use words “country” and “state” while describing a sovereign political entity?

While describing a sovereign political entity, when is it appropriate to use the words country and state? To me, state sounds more official and academic, and country more informal, but this might come from the way the words from my language are translated into English. Making things worse, country is sometimes used to describe rural … Read more

Can I be mobbed by only one person?

Is it correct word usage to say that I’m mobbed by a single person? The word mobbing comes from mob, which refers to a large number of people, so only one person mobbing sounds a bit strange. Answer It depends on the usage. Perhaps I woudn’t say: I was mobbed by Bill. but that doesn’t … Read more

When to use “some” instead of “a”

You were just having some dream. and You were just having a dream. Are both correct? What is the difference, if any? Answer Yes, both are correct. In your first example some is being used in an informal way. There are two plausible interpretations for some. The first possibility is that some means the dream … Read more

Is there any difference between being ill and sick?

I can say I’m ill or I’m sick. But what is the difference between the usage of these terms? I’ve heard that one can use sick for longer-term and ill for shorter-term, but is that really correct? How are these terms different for native speakers? Answer While those might mean the same for the laymen, … Read more