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Archive for May, 2015

Stative and Dynamic Verbs – Not All Verbs Are About Action!

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We normally think of verbs as ‘doing’ words – words that describe an action, or doing something, right? But not all verbs are about doing something! While some do – others are more about describing being a certain way. In this post, we’ll look at these two types of verbs – dynamic and stative verbs. …

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How Do You Use Determiners and Quantifiers?

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Determiners and quantifiers might sound like complex things – but chances are, you’re probably already using them without realising it! They’re both specific pieces of grammar that give us more information about the noun in a sentence. Let’s take a closer look at what they are – and how you can use them! What is …

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What’s the Difference Between Progressive and Perfect Tenses?

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These two tenses can sometimes seem a bit difficult to understand. They both relate to things that might have happened in the past – but there’s a key difference between them! So let’s take a closer look at each one, and see how they can be used. The Perfect Tense The perfect past tense is …

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5 of the Most Common Mistakes to Avoid in English

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Ever find yourself wondering when to use ‘a’ and ‘an’? Or why the same word might be spelled in a range of different ways, depending on where you look? You’re not the only one! In fact, a lot of learners find that the smaller, subtler details in written and spoken English can often be the …

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