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Secrets behind the Hyphen

16 Oct 2014 Kasra Sharifan
The Hyphen (-) is a short horizontal line which is mainly used between two or more words to form a single meaning. By using a hyphen, we show that the word before and the word after are joined and this is a new word. Here are a few situations where hyphens must be used.

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Ginger corrects your grammar!

04 Sep 2014 Mehdi Safavi
The Ginger Grammar Checker (it's free, by the way) helps you write better English and efficiently corrects texts. Based on the context of complete sentences, Ginger uses smart technology to correct grammar mistakes, punctuation mistakes, spelling mistakes and misused words, with high accuracy. It im...

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How to write and talk about money

28 Aug 2014 Kasra Sharifan
When you go shopping, or want to pay for a ticket, or you find yourself in the local bank, how do you say prices? How do you write them? It is also a common subject in IELTS listening test. There are 3 important currencies from English-speaking countries.

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What is euphemism?

20 Aug 2014 Mehdi Safavi
Would you like it if someone called you 'fat'?! How about 'overweight'? A euphemism is a word (or series of words) which replaces sad, unpleasant or shocking ideas with softer and nicer expressions.

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6 things to avoid as an English learner

14 Aug 2014 Mehdi Safavi
In this week's lesson, you will be introduced to 6 habits you should avoid if you are learning English.

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Confusable Words in IELTS

24 Jul 2014 Kasra Sharifan
"How much do you way? or "How much do you weigh? Is he feeling "sick" or "seek"? Let's pronounce these tricky English words. They can be easily confused with similar words: café, Thursday, ship, thirty

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Suffixes and prefixes

03 Jul 2014 Mehdi Safavi
What do you do when you find a new word in English? Before you reach for your dictionary, do you try to figure out what it means? Long words are often made from shorter words that you know, combined with a few letters at the beginning (a prefix), or a few letters at the end (a suffix).

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Let's eat grandma!

26 Jun 2014 Mehdi Safavi
Or "Let's eat, grandma."? This week, we are going to focus on a key punctuation mark: comma. Commas (,) generally reflect pauses in speech, but it is not always that simple. Here are 8 ways you can use commas in your writing.

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Transitive or Intransitive?

12 Jun 2014 Mehdi Safavi
Some verbs are usually followed by nouns (or pronouns) that act as direct objects. In grammar, these verbs are called "transitive" and they need a direct object. But some are "intransitive".

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The #1 grammar book: Practical English Usage

29 May 2014 Mehdi Safavi
English, like all languages, is full of problems for the foreign learner. Some of these points are easy to explain - for instance, the difference between "since" and "for". Other problems are more tricky, and cause difficulty even for advanced students and teachers.

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