Grammar tips

April 20, 2020 Grammar

A Few, A Little, Few and Little

Articles can make a big difference in English, and in no other situation is this more evident with the quantifiers a few, a little, few and little. Here is all you need to know about when the words should be used, and the difference in meaning. ‘A few’ and ‘a little’ The fundamental difference between […]

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April 16, 2020 Grammar

The Zero Article

Articles are always troublesome for those learning English. In fact, articles are an aspect of language that causes problems in general, because many languages don’t have them at all, and those that do never use them in exactly the same way. The zero article in English is a rather misleading name in some respects, because […]

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April 13, 2020 Grammar

Using ‘Can’ and ‘May’

‘Can’ and ‘may’ are what are known as modal auxiliary verbs in English, a category of grammar that causes problems for learners. There are two reasons for these problems: 1) Modal verbs can operate differently in the learner’s mother tongue 2) Modal verbs in English have different meanings at different times, so it is a […]

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April 12, 2020 Grammar

So Vs Such

It’s one of the most common mistakes made by English learners: not using the intensifiers ‘so’ and ‘such’ in the correct context. Here are some examples of typical mistakes: ‘He has so money.’ ‘He is such funny.’ ‘So’ and ‘such’ can often mean the same thing, but have their own distinct structures to remember. Here […]

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March 27, 2020 Grammar

I Vs Me: A Common Grammar Mistake

When it comes to favorite grammar mistakes, there are few more popular, and few less often made, than the mistake with the pronouns ‘I’ and ‘me’. Let’s have a look at some typical sentences with a mistake of this nature, and talk about why, in fact, those sentences are wrong. ‘Me and Jane went to […]

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March 26, 2020 Grammar

Common Grammar Mistakes that Kill Credibility

We all make grammar mistakes (and anyone who says they don’t…well, let’s just they are not being entirely honest!) But in business, obviously, it’s better to keep those mistakes to a minimum. If you are going to make mistakes, then follow this advice: ·  Don’t make the sort of simple mistakes that ruin your credibility […]

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March 25, 2020 Grammar

Who Vs That: A Common Grammar Mistake

What’s the difference between ‘who’ and ‘that’? That’s a good question, and here’s a rule for you: use ‘who’ when you are talking about people, and ‘that’ when you are talking about things. And that’s the end of the lesson! Except it isn’t, because things are a little more complicated than that. Because ‘that’ can […]

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March 20, 2020 Grammar

Why Good Grammar is Crucial For Work

Bad grammar is becoming more prominent than ever, perhaps in part due to the relentless march of social media. But let’s not be too quick to point the finger, because bad grammar certainly existed in the time when only a bird was capable of producing a tweet. There is no doubt that social media has […]

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March 15, 2020 Grammar

6 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Learning a Language

Learning a second (or even third or fourth) language isn’t an easy thing to do: the sooner we acknowledge that is the case, and ignore the promises that we can pick up Spanish in a week (as some learning tools suggest), the easier it will be for everyone. In fact, that is probably the first, […]

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March 11, 2020 Grammar

3 Important Grammar Rules to Define Your Business English

Conducting business in English is a little different from speaking the language on an every-day level. That’s because the English we use in a meeting, in a work email, or in business literature in general, will be characterized by a formality that we rarely use when having normal conversations outside of work. English grammar is […]

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