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Irregular Plural Nouns Quiz

Test your knowledge of irregular plural nouns with this short quiz. Each sentence below has a singular noun in brackets. Replace this noun with its correct plural form to successfully complete the sentence. Keep in mind that irregular plural nouns in English can take many forms. Some of these nouns follow alternate pluralization rules. Other…

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Even More Words Whose Meanings Have Changed Over Time

Even More 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 and change. New words are created, old words fall out of use, and existing words take on new meanings. Many common…

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Gerunds Quiz

This week’s lesson is a short quiz on one of the first topics we covered: gerunds.   Gerunds are verbals made by adding “-ing” to verbs. Verbals are words made from verbs that function as other parts of speech. Gerunds are derived from verbs but are used as nouns. They can fulfill all the same…

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New Years Vocabulary

As we begin 2017, we’re going to cover some English words and phrases commonly-associated with the arrival of a new year.   If you need more help with vocabulary for celebrating the New Year, or any other aspect of the English language, contact the English Island in Atlanta. Our caring, passionate ESL teachers can create…

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A Final Set of Common English Idioms

This week we’re going to wrap up our lessons on idioms with a final eleven commonly-used English idioms. An idiom is a phrase whose meaning is different from the dictionary definitions of the words that comprise it. Idioms pose a special challenge for non-native English speakers precisely because you can’t determine their figurative meanings from…

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Correlative Conjunctions

Correlative conjunctions are pairs of words which express relationships between equivalent ideas. Each pair expresses a particular type of relationship. Correlative conjunctions are not interchangeable. You cannot “mix and match” part of one correlative conjunction with a part of another. In this lesson, we’re going to cover four of the most commonly-used correlative conjunctions in…

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More Common English Homographs

This week we’re going to cover an additional six commonly-used English homographs. Recall from our last lesson that homographs are words with identical spellings but different meanings and sometimes different pronunciations. The homographs we’ll be looking at this week are especially challenging because they have identical pronunciations. In other words, the differences in meaning are…

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Common English Homographs

In the previous two lessons we covered homophones, words with identical pronunciations but different spellings and different meanings.   Homographs, on the other hand, are words with identical spellings but different meanings and sometimes different pronunciations. While the distinction between homographs is usually obvious in spoken English, the difference in written English is often dependent…

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More Common English Homophones

This week, we’re going to explain the differences between an additional half dozen sets of English homophones. Recall from our last lesson that homophones are words with identical pronunciations but different spellings and different meanings. The distinction between or among homophones is essentially irrelevant in spoken language but vital in written language.   Ant and…

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Common English Homophones

In this lesson, we’re going to clarity the differences between several homophones found in the English language. Homophones are words with identical pronunciations but different spellings and different meanings. These words represent a challenge for non-native speakers of any language because the distinction between or among them is essentially irrelevant in spoken language. It is…

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