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Even More Commonly Confused Words

For this commonly-confused words lesson, we’re going to look at yet another dozen pairs of words with similar spellings but different meanings. Just like in our previous English lesson on commonly confused words, we’ll be providing brief definitions for each set of...

More on Pronoun Vagueness

In the previous English lesson on pronoun vagueness, we discussed how vague gendered and non-gendered pronouns can make it difficult or even impossible to understand who or what a writer is referring to. Another type of pronoun vagueness can occur with pronouns that...

Pronoun Vagueness

Compared to verbs in other languages, English verbs tell the reader relatively little about whom or what is performing an action. English verbs can express number (singular or plural) but not gender (masculine or feminine). This means that a subject pronoun cannot be...

Avoiding Redundancy

A redundant word or phrase repeats an idea expressed elsewhere in a sentence. In some types of writing, redundancy is recommended or even required. For example, legal documents may include multiple words with similar meanings when there is even the slightest...

More Common English Idioms

This week we’re going to decode another baker’s dozen of commonly-used English idioms. Click here to see our first blog post on English idioms. For those of you who aren’t regular readers of our blog, an idiom is a phrase whose meaning is different from the...