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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...

Empty Phrases

English language learners often struggle with connecting ideas in a natural-sounding, smoothly-flowing manner. The English language’s emphasis on syntax can make constructing sentences that are both varied and grammatically correct challenging. Modeling your use of...

Unconventional Sentence Structures (Part Two)

We mentioned a few unconventional sentence structures in part one of this English grammar lesson.This week we’re going to look at some additional unconventional sentence structures. As a general rule, English is a SVO (subject-verb-object) language. However, there are...