February gets its name from the Latin word Roman festival of purification, called Februa. It used to be the last month of the year. It’s also the shortest month, with only 28 days most years. Once every four years, we have a leap year and there are 29 days in February. This is because it doesn’t take exactly 365 days for the Earth to travel around the Sun. We have to add an extra day so the calendar matches up with the seasons. In England, February 29th is traditionally the only day when a woman can ask a man to marry her, rather than the other way around!
February is the shortest month. There are usually only 28 days in February but once every four years, there are 29 days. A year with an extra day is called a leap year. Traditionally, a woman can ask a man to marry her on February 29th!
This tense is a combination of past continuous and past perfect. The perfect part is because there is a link between two different past times and the continuous part indicates that the action continues for some time. If you haven't studied the other past tenses yet, you can find them here. Or click "read more" to learn about the past perfect continuous.
We have lots of words which we use for numbers in English. For example, do you know what a score is? How many people are there in a quartet? What's a baker's dozen? Try my quiz and find out!
I did a survey on my Facebook group to see what people found the most difficult aspect of learning English and a lot of people said listening. (You can join my Facebook group by going to facebook.com/groups/learnenglishwithkatie.) So, I've put together a list of websites, apps and YouTube channels which I think are good for listening practice.
Reading is one of the best things you can do to improve your English. As well as improving your reading skills, reading helps you to improve and review vocabulary. It can help you with your grammar as well because you see how grammar is used in real contexts. The more you read, the more you get a feel for the language.
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