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The Most Common Grammar Gaffes Writers Make and How To Avoid Them)

Here are the ten gaffes I’ve come across most often and how to avoid them. Omitting the serial comma A serial comma (or Oxford comma, as they say across the pond) prevents confusion when you are listing several items. For example, “…highlights of his [Peter Ustinov’s] global tour include encounters …

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10 Grammar Mistakes People Love To Correct (That Aren’t Actually Wrong)

Are you the sort of person who just loves correcting other people’s grammar? Are you sure that you’re doing it right? Some things that people have been taught are rules of English grammar are really no rules at all—and some of them are flat-out wrong. There’s actually a word for …

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5 Common Real British English Phrases!

In this English lesson, you’re going to learn five phrases/expressions in British English. These are commonly used so you’re learning English you need to know. #1: I’M KNACKERED Use this when you feel really tired. Notice the way I say this and the emphasis I give it? Practice it! #2: …

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The difference between Confused About and Confused With

Hello English learners! Today, I want to tackle the difference between confused about and confused with. Let’s begin with the word confused since it is in both phrases. The word confused is a verb that means to be unclear or to not be able to tell the difference between an object or an idea. For example: I find quantum physics confusing. …

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The difference between IN, ON and AT

As an English, We often see prepositions used incorrectly. This happens even to upper Intermediate level students. Don’t worry, I am here to help with that. As an English speaker, you are probably aware that there is a difference between on and at and even in. Most students roll a …

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100+ Useful Phrases For Running A Business Meeting

Business English phrases for meetings. Meetings play a very big part in the business world. During meetings, important decisions are made, people are promoted, demoted, hired or even fired! The future of companies is predicted, business tactics are analyzed, competitors are targeted and strategies are planned. A lot of time …

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20 Essential American Slang Words for English Learners

Has this ever happened to you? Your friend asks: “Hey, what’s up?” You respond: “Um, the sky?” Your friend was asking you how you were, but how were you supposed to know? This is everyday language from real-life. The language that you’re not taught in ESL class. Here’s a run down on …

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Differences in American and British English grammar – article

An article by Kerry Maxwell and Lindsay Clandfield on recognizing grammatical differences between American and British English. ntroduction Speakers of American English generally use the present perfect tense (have/has + past participle) far less than speakers of British English. In spoken American English, it is very common to use the …

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10 grammar rules you can forget: how to stop worrying and write properly

10 things people worry about too much 1 To-infinitive and beyond Geoffrey K Pullum, a scarily erudite linguistics professor – and, unless this is an internet hoax, keyboard player in the 1960s with Geno Washington & the Ram Jam Band – calls them “zombie rules: though dead, they shamble mindlessly …

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