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English: The World Language

March 5, 2013

Statistics of English speakers, non-native speakers and the world’s population who speak English as either a native or foreign language. Source

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Eight Phrases We Owe to William Shakespeare

December 18, 2012

Due to his timeless popularity, the English language is heavily peppered with Shakespearean sayings. Can you think of any? Source

Passive and Non-aggressive Voice

Passive and Non-aggressive Voice

November 15, 2012

In writing, sentences are considered to be of “active” or “passive” construction (“voice”) depending on where the emphasis is placed. If the emphasis is placed on the subject, the sentence is considered active, but if emphasis is placed on the object of the action, the sentence is passive. Source

Quotation Marks and Punctuation

Quotation Marks and Punctuation

November 8, 2012

Single quotation marks? Double quotation marks? They can seem intimidating, but when the purpose of quotation marks is understood, the rules are easier to follow. Source

All About Adjectives

All About Adjectives

September 21, 2012

By Wikipedia’s definition, adjectives are words or phrases “naming an attribute, added to or grammatically related to a noun to modify or describe it”. In short, adjectives are descriptive words. Many confuse them with adverbs, but adverbs cannot describe nouns and generally end in “-ly”. Rule of thumb: if it cannot describe your dog, it […]

15 Most Unbelievable Words

15 Most Unbelievable Words

June 8, 2012

There are many unbelievable words in the English language–some so strange that they are rarely used. There are words for things most of us did not even know we need a word for. “There’s a word for that?” Some may deepen our vocabulary, but sometimes it is just entertaining to pick through the dictionary for […]

15 Most Useful Phrasal Verbs

15 Most Useful Phrasal Verbs

May 14, 2012

A phrasal verb is a combination of words that takes on unique meaning. Because they have little to do with the words they are made of, they can be confusing to those learning English. The majority of phrasal verbs are slang and occur most frequently in spoken English, so meanings can usually be determined by […]