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A guide to the (non-idiotic) use of the expression “just saying”

You may have heard the expression just sayin’ (= just saying). Let’s see what it exactly means and how it is used. Just saying is sometimes used when you are making a criticism or complaint but don’t want to offend… Continue reading →

How to use the expression ‘but still’

You use the expression but still when you want to say that something remains true despite what has just been said or done. Let me explain with the help of a couple of scenarios. Here is the first one: You… Continue reading →

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…

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 →

Indoor or indoors?

The difference between indoor and indoors (or outdoor and outdoors) is very simple. Without getting into grammatical analysis, here are a few examples to help you get a better “feel” for the words: How to use indoor/outdoor: I catch a… Continue reading →

Hope or wish: the ultimate usage-based guide

Learners of English quite often get confused between the words “hope” and “wish”. Here is a usage-based guide with lots of examples to help you learn how to use them correctly and naturally. But before we start, a word of… 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 →

Tainted glory…

It takes great courage to see the world in all its tainted glory, and still to love it…

“Every day” or “everyday”?

So which one is correct: every day (two words) or everyday (one word)? The answer is that they can both be correct. It depends on the context…

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