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When to Use Was and Were

Knowing when to use was and were can be tricky even for native English speakers. In this lesson, we cover using both of these words when speaking or writing in the indicative or subjunctive mood.

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English Capitalization Rules

Knowing which words to capitalize can be a confusing concept for native and non-native English speakers alike. Many exceptions exist, and style guides for certain academic and professional organizations can have their own peculiar capitalization rules. Nevertheless, you should attempt to follow the generally accepted conventions of English capitalization outlined below. DO capitalize the first…

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Tips for Building Vocabulary

In this English lesson, we’re going to offer three tips to help you increase your vocabulary. Building vocabulary can be a difficult experience for learners of any language, but English’s large number of irregular words and words borrowed from other languages can make the process particularly challenging. If you are struggling with vocabulary or any…

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Commonly Confused Words Quiz

Test your understanding of commonly-confused words that we have covered in previous lessons with this short quiz. Pick the choice in parentheses that best completes the sentence. Answers can be found at the end of the quiz. If you find yourself routinely confusing these kinds of tricky words, contact the English Island in Atlanta. Our…

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Comparatives and Superlatives

Comparatives and superlatives belong to a special class of adjective used to compare two or more nouns. Whether you need to use a comparative or a superlative depends on the number of nouns that you are comparing. Comparatives Comparatives are used to compare two nouns. They usually end in –er or –re. Common comparatives include…

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Than vs. Then

Than and then are two of the most commonly-confused words in the English language. These words are nearly identical in spelling and pronunciation. In casual speech, the difference in pronunciation by native English speakers can range from slight to nonexistent.  This can, in turn, bleed over into writing, with native speakers using than and then…

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Adjectives vs. Adverbs

In this English lesson, we’re going to discuss the difference between adjectives and adverbs. In English, adjectives and adverbs have distinct uses. You can’t use an adjective in an adverbial role or an adverb in an adjectival role. Nevertheless, native English speakers often confuse the two, especially in casual speech. What Adjectives Can Do Adjectives…

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Eliminating Wordiness

Long, complex English sentences are difficult to read. Multiple such sentences can make a paragraph difficult to follow. Because English provides so many different structures for creating sentences, it can be easy for a sentence to “get away” from you. If you find yourself constructing very long sentences on a regular basis, you should look…

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