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What are run-on sentences and how to get rid of them

A run-on sentence is two or more independent clauses incorrectly presented in a single sentence. They are considered bad because they can be distracting to readers and prevent the writer from clearly communicating information. So what is an “independent clause”? In grammar, a clause is a group of words that includes a subject and a … Continue Reading

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The most delicious food I’ve ever had…

It’s very difficult to choose one because I tasted so many delicious foods that I’ll never forget… Do you remember this delicious dish I posted a year ago with spring vegetables of the garden (carrots, onions, green peas (or gourmet peas), turnips) and tender lamb, without forgetting the delicious sauce? It was called “Easter Recipe” … Continue Reading

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Liquid bread

Yes, this post is about beer, so here is a health warning: Alcohol is bad for your health. A little alcohol is a little bad for your health, a lot of alcohol is very bad for your health. Now let’s talk beer… ;-) Beer is one of the oldest and most widely consumed alcoholic drinks … Continue Reading

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Earliest cherry blossoms in 1,200 years

Think of Japan in the spring, and the image that comes to mind is likely the country’s famous cherry blossoms, also known as “sakura” – white and pink flowers, blooming across cities and mountains, their petals covering the ground. But this year, cherry blossom season has come and gone in the blink of an eye, … Continue Reading

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Amazon vs the union: The vote the online giant fears

Amazon workers have voted to decide whether they want to be represented by a labor union or not. The results are not expected until later this week but if they say yes, it will become Amazon’s first US union. Amazon argues its wages and benefits are industry-beating and has gone into battle to persuade workers … Continue Reading

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MEMBER CONTRIBUTIONS:

Take a Listen!!!

It’s really interesting to follow the NEWS and jot down the new words and phrases that are made and added to the vocabulary by the media on a daily basis!!  One of these is the expression “Take a Listen” which is the same as “Listen” and is used a hundred times a day by news anchors. And right … Continue Reading

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QUESTION TIME:

What is the word for someone who speaks too much

I have a question. How do you say in English somebody that likes talking a lot? Of course we are not speaking about me ;-) Thank you in advance for your answer…

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TALKING POINTS:

When you are around twenty…

The Talking Point series provides an opportunity to discuss things in English, exchange ideas, and learn from each other. Napoleon Bonaparte is quoted as saying “To understand the man you have to know what was happening in the world when he was twenty.” What was going on in the world when you were around 20 … Continue Reading

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WRITING WORKSHOP:

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! I never said I will buy you jewellery! Stop to have such unrealistic expectations. You … Continue Reading

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READING CLUB:

Reading Club: The Spy Who Came in From The Cold (1.3)

In the Reading Club series, we read books together, enjoy them, and learn from them. This is the third part of John le Carré‘s The Spy Who Came in From The Cold. Chapter 1: Checkpoint PART 3 Leamas walked over to the car and said to the woman, “Where is he?” “They came for him … Continue Reading

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FROM THE ARCHIVES:

William Shakespeare – in a nutshell

So who was William Shakespeare? Known as “the bard”, Shakespeare was an author who lived in the Elizabethan era and wrote about a lot of different things. But why is Shakespeare considered such a great artist? In this short video, you’ll get a of who Shakespeare was and what made him special…

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GOOD READS:

Boeing engine, vanished princess, and what killed the dinosaurs

Here are some interesting reads (and videos to watch): I just knew something was wrong The engine of a Boeing jet failed after take-off, dropping debris over a residential area near Denver, Colorado. Watch a video filmed by a passenger on the BBC.

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CORNERSTONE:

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 caution! Don’t try to find a general golden rule to solve your problem once and … Continue Reading

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