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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...

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,...