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Can VS Be Able To

Can VS Be Able To

Do you know the difference between ‘can’ and ‘be able to’? Well, to start with, ‘can’ is a modal verb, while ‘be able to’ is not. But what about usage? Let’s have a look: I can play the guitar I am able to play the guitar. Ability In these examples, they can be used in […]

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How To Use ‘Yours Sincerely’ and ‘Yours Faithfully’

How To Use ‘Yours Sincerely’ and ‘Yours Faithfully’

It’s a common question: when should I use ‘your sincerely’ and when should I use ‘yours faithfully’ to finish my formal emails and/or letters. Here we provide all the information you need to make the right choice. The first thing to say is that these are both formal ways to finish an email or a […]

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More Original and Unique Birthday Wishes

More Original and Unique Birthday Wishes

Happy Birthday! One of the most commonly used expressions in English, and one of the easiest to recognize and use if you are a learner of the language. But it’s not very original, is it? Surely there are other ways in which you can say ‘Happy Birthday’ without saying ‘Happy Birthday’ if you know what […]

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The Best Tech Tools for Learning New Vocabulary

The Best Tech Tools for Learning New Vocabulary

Everyone is looking, directly or indirectly, to increase their vocabulary in English. And because of the sheer number of words available in the English language (over one million), there isn’t anybody who knows every single one of them, let alone the expressions that we can add to that list. The English dictionary list is constantly […]

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Ways to Build Vocabulary to Enhance Your English-speaking Fluency

Ways to Build Vocabulary to Enhance Your English-speaking Fluency

‘I just need more vocabulary.’ This is a typical comment from English learners. The idea is that it is vocabulary holding them back from reaching fluency. This may be true to an extent, but at that same time, it’s not totally accurate. The right kind of vocabulary is important to becoming fluent in English. As […]

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Important Differences Between Using ‘As’ and ‘Like’

Important Differences Between Using ‘As’ and ‘Like’

‘As’ and ‘like’ are two little words that can cause all manner of problems. The reason? Because very occasionally they can be used the same way, but the vast majority of the time, despite having similar meanings, grammatically they must be used quite differently. Here are a few cases in point: As I said before, […]

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7 Over-used Adjectives and How to Replace Them

7 Over-used Adjectives and How to Replace Them

Adjectives are incredibly useful words because they help us describe exactly what we are talking about. ‘I have a talkative, older sister and a shy, younger brother.’ With a few simple words, I have described in considerable detail my position in the family and the personality of my sister and brother. However, some adjectives are […]

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Essential American Slang: 12 Words and Expressions You Need to Know

Essential American Slang: 12 Words and Expressions You Need to Know

American slang is everywhere English is spoken – that’s what happens when one country’s cultural reach is so impressive. From Hollywood films to hit TV series, from popular music artists to advertising, American culture is everywhere, and those words which were once unique to Americans, and even certain demographics in the country, are now known […]

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Practical Tips for Improving Your Vocabulary

Practical Tips for Improving Your Vocabulary

English has more than 1,000,000 registered words, and that number is growing all the time. It is doubtful there is a person alive who uses all of these given words, and the vast majority of us get by with fewer than 20,000 (that’s about 0.o2% for the mathematicians out there!) But growing our vocabulary is […]

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7 Easy Ways to Expand Your Vocabulary

7 Easy Ways to Expand Your Vocabulary

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