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Words Whose Meanings Have Changed Over Time

This week, we’re going to look at another five words whose meanings have changed over time. English, like any living language, continues to grow, change, and evolve. New words are created, old words fall out of use, and existing words take on new meanings. Many common...

Introduction to Phrasal Verbs

This week we’re going to begin talking about phrasal verbs. A phrasal verb is an idiomatic expression consisting of a verb plus an adverb or preposition. The addition of the adverb/preposition gives the verb a different meaning than it has on its own.   If you need...

Acceptable Shifts in Verb Tense

Verb tense consistency is especially important in modern English. In most cases, verb tenses must remain the same within and among sentences, paragraphs, and entire passages. Yet, there are a handful of situations where a shift in verb tense is not only acceptable but...

Numbers and Counting: Large Numbers

Building on our previous lessons on numbers, this week we’ll discuss how to express numbers ranging from 1,000,000 to 999,999,999,999,999. We’ll also share some shortcuts that can make writing very large numbers more manageable.   If you need more help with numbers or...

Numbers and Counting: 1000 to 999,999

This week, we’ll continue our lessons on the English expression of numbers by looking at the words for 1000 to 999,999. As with last week’s lessons, we’ll be breaking these words down into manageable chunks, explaining each group of numbers before moving on to the...