Common Errors With Word Choice – Part 2

Common Errors With Word Choice – Part 2

Clarity is key when it comes to writing, and word choice plays an essential role in getting your point across. Words are powerful tools and when used correctly, they are all you need to make the audience understand your message. However, words can be hazardous weapons...

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9 words about: Phobias

9 words about: Phobias

A phobia involves an excessive or irrational fear of a certain object, place, or situation that is unlikely or unnecessary to cause any harm. Phobia itself derives from the Greek word phobos, which means fear or horror. Phobias are different from regular fears because...

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5 Mistakes To Avoid In Academic Writing

5 Mistakes To Avoid In Academic Writing

The following rules apply for academic writing in general and IELTS writing in particular. Avoid ‘you’The second-person pronoun ‘you’ is acceptable in certain types of informal writing, such as personal letters and narratives. ‘You’ is used to directly address the...

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9 Collocations: Verb + Noun + Preposition

9 Collocations: Verb + Noun + Preposition

A month ago, we already talked about major types of collocations, one of which is the combination of adjective and noun. Today, I’d like to bring this topic alive again with a focus on expressions formed by verb, noun, and preposition. Typical examples include pay...

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Common Errors with Word Choice – Part 1

Common Errors with Word Choice – Part 1

Should I use this word or that one? Does this sentence mean what I think it means? If you have such a thought, you are not alone. The English language has a lot of words that look, sound, or are spelled alike but that have different meanings and roles. To help you...

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Other ways to say: VERY

Other ways to say: VERY

All too often, I see a great many students overuse ‘very’ in their speaking. Though it is not wrong to do this, there are an abundance of alternatives to make you sound less repetitive and more like a native speaker. One of the quickest hacks I’d suggest is to use...

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9 Words about People

9 Words about People

Have you ever wondered how to call a person who has too much admiration for himself or herself in a word? As an English learner, I am intrigued by the fact that there are concrete nouns that can convey the meaning far more powerfully and succinctly than wordy...

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9 Idioms about Music

9 Idioms about Music

Hi everyone, ‘9 Idioms about’ series is back! I hope you find today’s post handy as usual. I hate sounding like a broken record, but it is crucial to reiterate some points you need to know when using idioms: Only use idioms if you understand their meaning and know...

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9 Collocations: Adjective + Noun

9 Collocations: Adjective + Noun

What is a collocation? A collocation is a group of words that often go together. Some collocation examples are do homework (NOT make homework), heavy rain (NOT strong rain), fast food (NOT quick food), to name a few. Why learning collocations? Collocations make it...

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Saltwater Intrusion in Mekong Delta

Saltwater Intrusion in Mekong Delta

I made my promise last week to give you more details on the issue of saltwater intrusion in Mekong Delta, so here I am. Having considered different approaches to present the information, I believe nothing beats the visual illustration in the form of mind map. I have...

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