Writing Workshop: Why oh why?

In the Writing Workshop series, we work together to improve our writing skills: to learn how to write better and more correctly in English.

Here we have a poorly written text with quite a few mistakes…

Confusables 10: contractions

What is the difference between these sentences? …

“Maybe” versus “may be”

This is a source of confusion but it shouldn’t be, because the difference is clear-cut! As usual, I am not going to provide a grammatical analysis. Instead, we’re just going to look at some typical sentences together. Read the sentences… Continue reading →

Writing Workshop: birthday present

What you see below is a poorly written text with quite a few mistakes: You don’t seem happy of your birthday present. Don’t you like it? What?! You wanted diamond necklace?! Who do you think am I? Bill Gates? No!… Continue reading →

Question about the relationship between tenses

I have a question: Would you please explain about how we should deal with the problem of the correct usage of tenses in relation together, or a grammer text that we can refer to when we get caught in making… Continue reading →

Confusables 9: “because” vs “because of”

What is the difference between because and because of? To answer the question, we must talk a little about conjunctions and prepositions first. A conjunction /kənˈdʒʌŋkʃn/ is a word like ‘and’, ‘or’, ‘but’, ‘while’, ‘although’ that joins words, phrases, or… Continue reading →

Writing Workshop: A nice afternoon walk

This is a re-write of a writing activity I first prepared in December 2005. Here is the text we will be working on: I did not see her until lunch-time, when she offered taking me for walk, and we spent… Continue reading →

Confusables 7: Postpositive Adjectives

Postpositive or postnominal adjectives come immediately after nouns. You will not see much of such adjectives in English as they are used only in some fixed expressions. I will give a few examples and wait for you to add more… Continue reading →

“Full”, “ful”, and “fully”…

This is a common spelling mistake which can be easily avoided if you remember that…

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