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Nonreversible Word Pairs

Certain English words, when paired together, are always written in the same order.  Native speakers learn these nonreversible word pairs through custom and usage.  They intuitively understand that certain word pairs sound “wrong” when their order is reversed. However,...

How to Close an Email or Letter

Recently we covered some common salutations for letters and emails, as well as which salutations are appropriate for business and which ones are best reserved for personal correspondence. In this English lesson, we’re going to address how to end an email or letter. As...

When to Use Was and Were

Was and were are “to be” verbs. These auxiliary verbs help express the existence or condition of the subject of the sentence. Knowing when to use was and when to use were can be a tricky concept for native and non-native English speakers alike. Different rules come...

Email and Letter Writing Tips: Salutations

Practically every email or letter you write should begin with a salutation. Whether you are writing for business or for personal reasons, a salutation immediately sets the tone for the rest of message. Choosing the correct salutation is especially important when...