Category Archives: Writing

How to Write an Opinion Essay

♦ Opinion & Fact: It is essential when writing an opinion essay to clearly separate opinion and fact.  When teaching essay writing and critical reading skills to students (adults),  I have often been dismayed to discover that they accept written … Continue reading

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Online English Lessons

Hello Everyone! I’ve received enquiries recently about online lessons. Evidently, many of you have decided to pursue online lessons while you are spending more time at home. Online interactive lessons suit many language learners and if this style of learning … Continue reading

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How to Write a Sentence: #2

First, read How to Write a Sentence: #1 There are three types of sentences in English: SIMPLE, COMPOUND, & COMPLEX. All sentences must contain a subject, a verb with tense, and they must have meaning. You need to know which … Continue reading

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How to Write a Sentence: #1

 What is a sentence? There are three necessary parts to a sentence: SUBJECT (noun or pronoun) & VERB (finite) & the sentence must also have MEANING. SUBJECT: There are several ways to make a subject, but for now, let’s look at the following: … Continue reading

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Spelling Mistakes that Ruin your Writing #2

Today, I’m going to highlight more mistakes that ruin your writing. First, check out  Spelling Mistakes that Ruin your Writing #1 These spelling mistakes are also serious because they indicate grammar issues.  Let’s have a look at the problem words:    … Continue reading

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222 Words to Use instead of “Said”.

Jenn from http://www.grammarcheck.net regularly sends me Infographics. Infographics are easy-to-read graphics which contain information that improves your English. Perhaps you saw the last Infographic I re-posted on November 24, 2018, 147 Words to Use instead of “Very”? Many English students, … Continue reading

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Spelling Mistakes that Ruin your Writing

English spelling is not easy for anyone learning English as a second language. It may surprise you to learn that many native English speakers are not good at spelling in their native language. They know that spelling is very important … Continue reading

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How to Write a Sentence: #5 Adjectives & Adverbs; Nine Parts of Speech

There are nine parts of speech in English: nouns, pronouns, adjectives, articles, verbs, adverbs, conjunctions, prepositions, and interjections. This means that every word in an English sentence belongs to one of the nine parts (or groups). Remember that words can … Continue reading

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Divulging and disclosing (The language of giving information)

Originally posted on About Words – Cambridge Dictionaries Online blog:
Bobiko/Moment/GettyImages by Kate Woodford We tell each other things all the time, whether it’s our news, some important information or just interesting facts. This week we’re focusing on the language that…

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147 Words to Use instead of “Very”

How often do you use the word “Very” to add emphasis to an ordinary word? How about trying out some dynamic new words? (Don’t you think that “dynamic” is preferable to “better”?) Once again, GrammarCheck.net  have created an easy-to-use, helpful Infographic … Continue reading

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