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Introduction to Collocations

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Introduction to Collocations

Collocations are groups of two or more words that are commonly-used together. These groups of words are largely idiomatic. The “right” and “wrong” words to use in a given collocation have evolved through custom and usage as the English language itself has evolved. Because of this, you should think of collocations as whole units of…

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Even More Common English Idioms

This week we’re going to demystify another ten commonly-used English idioms. You can find previously covered English idioms lessons by clicking on the following links: English Idioms Lesson 1 English Idioms Lesson 2 An idiom is a phrase whose meaning is different from the dictionary definitions of the words that comprise it. Idioms pose a special challenge…

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Acceptable Ways to Join Dependent and Independent Clauses

This English grammar lesson covers some of the common ways that clauses can be joined in English. While there are other acceptable ways to combine clauses, you should defer to the following widely-accepted rules. [Independent]; [Independent]. Example 1: Jane went grocery shopping at Publix; she usually shops at Kroger. Example 2: Jane went grocery shopping…

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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 several sentence structures that deviate (or appear to deviate) from the SVO “rule.” Participle Clauses This…

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