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Correlative Conjunctions Quiz

Correlative conjunctions are pairs of words which express relationships between equivalent ideas. Each pair expresses a particular type of relationship. Correlative conjunctions are not interchangeable. You cannot “mix and match” part of one correlative conjunction...

Four Fossil Words

A fossil word is an obsolete word that has been “fossilized,” or preserved, within an idiom. These words are rarely, if ever, used outside of the idiomatic expressions in which they are embedded. In fact, an English speaker using an idiom containing a fossil word...

Irregular Plural Nouns Part Two

The plural forms of most English nouns are made by adding –s to the singular form. “Forms” and “nouns” from the previous sentence are perfect examples. However, many commonly-used English nouns have irregular plural forms. In the previous lesson, we looked at native...

Irregular Plural Nouns Part One

The plural forms of most English nouns are made by adding –s to the singular form. “Forms” and “nouns” from the previous sentence are perfect examples. However, many commonly-used English nouns have irregular plural forms. Some of these nouns follow alternate...

Common American English Slang Words

This week we are going to explore thirteen slang words commonly-used by American English speakers. We’ve provided a definition for each word and an example of how that word is used in a sentence. While some of these words have multiple definitions, we’ll be examining...

Tricky Pairs and Groups of Words Part Two

English has a large number of words that both native and non-native speakers have difficulty using correctly. In our commonly-confused words lessons, we’ve focused on words with similar spellings and/or pronunciations but different meanings. Our “tricky words” lessons...

Tricky Pairs and Groups of Words Part One

English has a large number of words that both native and non-native speakers have difficulty using correctly. In our commonly-confused words lessons, we’ve focused on words with similar spellings and/or pronunciations but different meanings. For the next two lessons,...

3 English Grammar Myths

In this lesson, we’re going to explore three myths about English grammar and reveal the truth behind each. The first two myths have an element of grammatical truth to them; they take what are essentially guidelines and turn them into absolutes. The third is the type...

Verb Tense Consistency Quiz

In English writing, verb tenses need to remain consistent. When a sentence contains two or more verbs, those verbs must be in the same tense.   For this quiz, choose the verb tense from the ones in parenthesis that is consistent with the other verb(s) in the...

3 Common Writing Errors and How to Avoid Them

In this week’s lesson, we’re going to look at three common errors that both native and non-native English speakers make when writing and speaking. Because these errors are extremely common, they are generally considered acceptable in casual speech and writing....

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