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Pronunciation exercise for advanced students

Improving your accent by analysing a recording of your speech. This is an exercise that can help improve your English pronunciation and reduce your accent. It involves developing a critical ear on your pronunciation of English. Find 3 ...
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Colons, Semicolons & Commas

Article submitted by Prajwal. Comma This has the following uses: 1. To separate items in a list: We need carrots, broccoli, oranges(,) and tomatoes for this dish. 2. To place a section of a sentence or noun phrase in ...
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From Verbing to Planking

Just when we thought that no more new words could enter the English language, the phenomenon of ‘verbing’ came along. I will not go into detail about what ‘verbing’ actually is, since I’ve already written an article about ...
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Adjectives, Adverbs and Word Order

When speaking, Adjectives and adverbs give colour to what we are saying. Adjectives describe nouns or pronouns and adverbs describe or modify the verb. For example if we look at this sentence- “The cat (noun) is on the table” - ...
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Conditional Sentences

One of the most important grammar points to learn in English is Conditionals. There are 5 types, divided into the Zero, First, Second, Third and mixed Conditionals. Every conditional sentence is divided into two parts - the ...
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Time and Aspect in the English Verb System

One of the problems encountered by students of English as a foreign language, whose level is more or less quite high, is more to do with accurately and consistently applying the grammar rules that they would have learnt in the ...
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Simple, Compound & Complex Sentences

Simple, Compound and Complex Sentences (submitted by V. Suresh) Simple, compound and complex sentences are about the structure and length of the expression of an idea. 1. What is a simple sentence? A simple sentence is one which has only ...
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Indirect (Reported) and Direct Speech

Some Useful Tips on Direct and Indirect (or Reported) Speech (submitted by V. Suresh) Man is a social animal, a gregarious being, and he is always eager to share what he has heard. When he repeats to a companion what he has heard another ...
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Motivation Letters -- Part II

Please see previous lesson titled Motivation Letters – Part I. In Part II, we set the foundation so that you can begin writing your first series of drafts. Notice, I said first series of drafts, meaning that you will go through a few quick iterations. In Part ...
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Passive Voice

(submitted by V. Suresh) There are two things involved in the action of a transitive verb: the actor (or agent) and the thing affected by his act. Since voice pertains to action, only transitive verbs (having a 'doer' and a 'done-to') ...
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Verb Tenses

A Brief Introduction to Verb Tenses and Aspects (submitted by V. Suresh) Tense refers to a verb form which tells the time of a state or action in a sentence. Daniel has a car. Daniel will have a car. Daniel had a car. They played the ...
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Motivation Letters -- Part I

When you are done reading Part I, Motivation Letters -- Part II is now available. This is a rough draft of Writing Motivation Letters Part I -- Preparation. In Part I -- Preparation, the goal is for you to begin thinking about your letter. You want to begin ...
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Varieties of English 1

Australian English It is very easy to identify Australian English when you hear it being spoken, and this depends on a variety of linguistic features. The most distinct of them all would be the ‘broadness' of this variety of ...
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(Il)literal Translations

Fact : Planet Earth is 4th smallest planet in our Solar System. Fact : There are living organisms, more than 1.02 billion of them. They grow at a rate of 80 million per year. They are odd looking creatures that have 2 legs, 2 ...
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It's vs Its

When do we have to use "it's" and "its"? The answer is simple: It's = it is: It's easy to speak English. = It is easy to speak English. "Its" is the possessive form of "it": It hasn't lost its charm. London hasn't lost its charm. So, are ...
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List of Idioms

An idiom is an expression, word, or phrase that has a figurative meaning or the associative or connotative meaning. Following is a list of idioms. Idiom Explanation + Example 1) Don't give up the day job.  ...
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Verb(ing) - a result of the evolution of...

Human beings constantly feel the need to adapt to new lifestyles, especially when it comes to technology. In the last two decades or so we've all (or almost all) learnt how to use a computer, the internet and a mobile phone. We ...
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20 Most Common Idioms in English...and what...

The English language is one of the vastest and most vivid languages in the world. It is made up of over 1.5 million words. Over and above that, the same word can have a variety of different meanings depending on the context it ...
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Writing Letters - Formal Letters

When writing a formal letter, it is important to follow the right format and structure. You start with your address at the top right of the page and the address of the person you are writing to on the left of the page and ...
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Writing Letters - Informal Letters

Although e- mails and instant messaging have become the communication of choice for a lot of people nowadays, it's hard not to feel nostalgic about a time when I would sit waiting for the postman to bring me a hand- written ...
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