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Yet More Fossil Words

In this lesson, we’re going to look at five more fossil words that have been preserved within modern English idioms. These archaic words are rarely, if ever, used outside of the idiomatic expressions in which they are embedded. In fact, an English speaker using an...

Tricky Words Quiz

Test your knowledge of some of the tricky pairs and groups of words that we’ve covered in previous lessons with this short quiz. For each sentence, choose the correct word or words from those in brackets. Answers and explanations can be found at the end of the quiz.  ...

Tricky Pairs and Groups of Words Part Four

This week, we’re going to clarify several more pairs and groups of “tricky 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...

Tricky Pairs and Groups of Words Part Three

In this lesson, we’re going to look at a few pairs and groups of bothersome words that didn’t make it into our previous “tricky words” lessons. English has a large number of words that both native and non-native speakers have difficulty using correctly. In our...

When to Use Passive Voice

In one of our earliest lessons, we discussed passive voice and why you should usually use active voice instead. However, sometimes passive voice is either useful or necessary. This week, we’re going to explore a handful of situation in which you should use passive...